MSA Frequently Asked Questions

Q. When are classes offered?

A. Accounting core courses (there are six) are offered on Saturday at the PVAMU Northwest  Houston Center.  Elective courses are offered online or in the evenings (Monday through Thursday) at the PVAMU NWHC location in Houston.

Q. Is the GMAT required prior to admission?

A. No. Students can be provisionally admitted to the program without a GMAT score (but you must take the GMAT before completing the first semester of courses).

Q.  Does PVAMU accept the GRE exam for admission to the MSA Program?

A.  Yes.  The PVAMU College of Business will accept the GRE or the GMAT for admission consideration.

Q. Is there a minimum undergraduate GPA requirement?

A. The minimum undergraduate GPA is 2.50 for provisional admission and 2.75 for graduate admission with GMAT or GRE scores.  Students who may have special circumstances should contact the director of the graduate programs in business at (936) 261-9217 for additional information.

Q. Does PVAMU offer online MSA classes? 

A. While elective courses, some prerequisite courses and one core course (BCOM 5203) are offered online, MSA students will need to take core courses at the PVAMU Northwest Houston Center.

Q. Do I need an undergraduate degree in accounting?  

A. No. Some enrolled students have undergraduate degrees in other fields of study such as liberal arts or engineering.  Students without a degree in accounting may be required to take a few additional courses to ensure a firm foundation before taking more rigorous accounting classes.

Q. Is this an accredited program?

A. Prairie View A&M University College of Business is fully accredited by AACSB International, the premier accrediting agency for bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and doctoral degree programs in business administration.

Q. How many courses are required?

A.  Ten (10) semester-long courses are required (30 hours).  The College of Business offers MSA classes in the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Many students complete the MSA program in just under two years. (Additional courses may be required for students without a recent undergraduate accounting degree.)

Q. How much does it cost?

A. For the latest information about tuition and fees for PVAMU, view the expected cost of attendance.

Q. Is financial aid available?

A. Yes. Students must enroll in at least six (6) hours as a graduate student at Prairie View A&M University and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online. PVAMU’s Federal School Code is: 003630.

Q. Does the College of Business offer scholarships?

A. Yes. Scholarships are competitive and awarded for the fall and spring semesters. Students need to apply for a College of Business scholarship at least one semester before they expect to receive funds. Scholarship applications are available beginning February 1, for the fall semester and beginning October 1, for the spring semester. Applications are available via the website.

Q.  When are the deadlines to apply for admission?

A.  Summer Admission – March 1; Fall Admission – May 1; Spring Admission – October 1.  Deadlines for International Students are typically one month prior the regular deadline for admission.

Q.  How much are the application fees?  Can I pay them online?

A.  The application fee is $50; for late applications, an additional late fee is assessed.  Prospective students can pay their application fees through Treasury Services or online at

Q. Where is Prairie View A&M University?

A. The main campus is located in Waller County approximately 40 miles northwest of Houston and one mile north of US Highway 290 on Farm Road 1098.  Prairie View A&M University recently purchased an academic facility in northwest Harris County; the two-story building, near Tomball Parkway and FM 1960, is located at 9449 Grant Road north of Willowbrook Mall.  All graduate courses for the College of Business are offered at the PVAMU Northwest Houston Center unless otherwise posted.

Q. How do I apply for admission?

A. Download an application packet from our web site.

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