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Graduate Business Programs : MS in Accountancy

Master of Science in Accountancy

The Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) is a focused program of studies that allows students to specialize in the area of accounting. The program provides an emphasis in accounting, with specialization in financial accounting, auditing, managerial accounting, taxation, and accounting information systems.

The degree program is flexible, based on individual needs, and thus is suitable either for students who have no prior accounting or business course work, or those with an undergraduate accounting degree. The program may be undertaken on a full time or part time basis.

The degree is suitable for students who wish to prepare for the CPA exam and the 2014 California Licensure requirements.

Course Requirements

The MSA program curriculum consists of the following:

  • Career Skills & Communications workshop series
  • Business Foundation courses in all the functional areas of business
  • Advanced requirements and Electives

Depending on the academic background of individual students, the total course load varies from a minimum of 10 courses (30 units) to a maximum of 16 courses (48 units).

For full details, see MSA : Course Requirements.


Students must apply online through CSU Mentor and send to the university an application fee, one copy of their transcripts, a written a statement of purpose, take the GMAT or GRE exam, take TOEFL or IELTS if from a foreign university, submit a résumé and two letters of reference.

For deadlines, requirements and forms, see MSA: Admissions.


For prospective and current graduate student resources, including schedules, deadlines, requirements, and forms, see Graduate Students : MBA + MSA

More Information

For more program information, see Bulletin: Graduate Degree Programs in Business.

MS in Accountancy Open House

Come to an MSA Open House at the SF State Downtown Campus to learn more about the programs offered. Meet professors, students and professional colleagues.

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