MSA Frequently Asked Questions

Q. When are classes offered?

A. Classes are offered in the evenings at the PVAMU Northwest Houston Center.  Students who would prefer to take classes only on weekends may enroll in the Saturday MSA program at the  PVAMU Northwest  Houston Center.

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 12 semester credit hours or the equivalent of four online 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 2.75. Students who may have special circumstances should contact the director of the graduate programs in business at (936) 261-9215 for additional information.

Q. Does PVAMU offer online MSA classes? 

A. Yes, many courses are offered online; however, students will need to take some classes at one of our campuses.

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 two years. (Additional courses may be required for students without a recent undergraduate accounting degree.)

Q. How much does it cost?

A. Tuition and fees for Texas residents are approximately $1,100 per course. For non-Texas residents, tuition and fees are approximately $2,000 per course. Many companies have excellent tuition reimbursement programs for employees. 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 – July 1; Spring Admission – November 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 $15 is assessed.  Prospective students can pay their application fees through Treasury Services or online at https://secure.touchnet.com/C20166_ustores/web/store_main.jsp?STOREID=3

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.

Q. How do I apply for admission?

A. Download an application packet from our web site.

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