Admission Requirements

Graduate Business

Applicants seeking admission must have an earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university, or hold an equivalent degree from an institution of higher education outside of the United States. Students in the process of completing a bachelor’s degree may be awarded admission to a program, with their enrollment contingent upon the successful completion of their degree.

All applicants must submit the application and official transcripts from all previously attended institutions of higher education. In addition, a personal statement (outlined below), two letters of recommendation (outlined below) and current resume are required.

The personal statement is 500+ words that addresses the experiences that have led you to pursue a master's degree at this point in your life and what you see yourself doing professionally upon completion of your master's degree. 

Recommendation letters should comment on the following areas:

  1. How long have you known the applicant and in what capacity?
  2. What do you consider the applicant’s strengths?
  3. In which areas could the applicant exhibit additional growth or improvement?
  4. How would you describe the applicant’s interpersonal skills

Applicants holding academic degrees from institutions outside of the United States must provide an official international academic credential evaluation with a course-by-course analysis prepared by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), or another agency acceptable to the University. In addition, international applicants are required to provide proof of English language proficiency by providing TOEFL or ILETS score reports or other documentation acceptable to the University. The current minimum score required on the TOEFL is a 79 on the computer-based exam, and a minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS. The Saint Peter's University International Statement of Financial Support including proof of funding must also be submitted along with a copy of a valid passport page.

MSA Admissions

Note: Applicants that intend to pursue the CPA license need to familiarize themselves with the information contained on the AICPA and State Board of Accountancy websites.

The Uniform CPA Examination protects the public interest by helping to ensure that only qualified individuals become licensed as U.S. Certified Public Accountants (CPAs).  Individuals seeking to qualify as CPAs - the only licensed qualification in accounting - are required to pass the Examination.

As a CPA candidate, you must be thoroughly familiar with the entire Examination journey - from the time of application to sitting for the Examination and passing all four sections. You must learn how the process works, candidate responsibilities, the rules governing a candidate's progress, and Examination and licensure requirements.

The CPA license is issued at the state level. To become a licensed CPA, you must be declared eligible for the examination by the board of accountancy in one of the 55 U.S. jurisdictions. The accountancy board in the state in which you qualify as a CPA candidate determines the requirements governing applications for the Examination and licensure; the NASBA Candidate Bulletin provides candidates with requirements that apply to taking the Examination.

International candidates are eligible to qualify as U.S. Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) as long as they meet Board of Accountancy eligibility requirements in one of 54 U.S. jurisdictions - the 50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam.

Effective July 1, 2017, NJ adopted new education requirements to become a CPA.

In order to sit for the CPA Exam in NJ, an applicant must possess:

  • a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited school/university
  • 24 semester hours in accounting and 24 semester hours in business
  • a minimum of 120 semester hours
  • the degree can be in any field of study
  • An applicant no longer needs any specific courses in these areas (just 24 semester hours overall in accounting and 24 semester hours in business).

To be licensed in NJ, the applicant must:

  • obtain 150 semester hours from an accredited school. These credits can be obtained within or beyond a degree program. The references to levels of school accreditation have been removed.
  • obtain one year of experience (1,750 hours) working under a CPA whose active license is from NJ or from a state that is substantially equivalent to NJ. Currently all states are substantially equivalent. The experience must be in the areas of auditing or accounting.

Note: If an applicant is obtaining graduate credits, they will need 24 semester hours in accounting and 24 credits in business. Previously, only 15 semester hours in accounting were required from a graduate school program. Undergraduate and graduate credits are counted equally.

Evaluation of Applications

Admission is based primarily on the evidence an applicant has provided exemplifying the preparation necessary for the successful pursuit of graduate studies. This evidence consists primarily, but not exclusively, in the applicant's prior academic work, as well as their professional goals and accomplishments. The Program may request an interview as part of the admission process. Applicants will be promptly notified of their admission decision, once a complete application is received by the University.

Ways to Apply

Complete the Online Graduate Admissions Application at or download a copy and mail it to:

Saint Peter's University
Attn: Graduate and Professional Studies Admission
2641 John F. Kennedy Boulevard
Jersey City, New Jersey 07306

Please feel free to call the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies Admission at (201) 761-6470 with any questions.

Graduate Business Registration

Graduate business degree candidates can register for classes with the Graduate Business Programs Office or access SPIRIT Online at