Master of Science in Accounting

Program Requirements

Prerequisite Courses

Prerequisites may be satisfied by taking comparable courses at an acceptable accredited US institution  or may be taken during the MSA program. 

Course Number
Course Title
ACCT 200*
Introduction to Financial Accounting (3 Units)
ACCT 210* Introduction to Managerial Accounting (3 Units)
ACCT 310
Cost Accounting (3 Units)
ACCT 500A Intermediate Financial Accounting I (3 Units)
ACCT 500B
Intermediate Financial Accounting II (3 Units)
ACCT 520 Introduction to Federal Taxation (3 Units)

 

*For those international candidates who appear to have met the prerequisite requirement of ACCT 200 and ACCT 210 based upon information on their transcripts from a foreign institution, a standard Proficiency Exam will be given to confirm that the candidate has mastered basic accounting concepts.  This test will be administered after admission but prior to the beginning of classes.  If the results of this standard exam indicate that the candidate needs additional coursework before starting the MSA Program courses, the candidate will be required to take ACCT 200 and/or ACCT 210, in addition to the other prerequisite courses. 

Candidates who have successfully completed these prerequisite courses at a comparably accredited US institution will not be required to take the prerequisite courses.

Required Courses

The MSA program consists of 30 units of required work.

Students must also pass a written comprehensive MSA examination at the end of the program as a requirement for graduation.

In addition to any necessary prerequisites, the MSA program requires a minimum of 18 units of graduate accounting work. The remaining 12 units may be accounting or approved non-accounting business courses.

Course Course Title Usually Offered
ACCT 580I
Communications (International)*
Fall

 

*Students are required to take ACCT 580I the first fall semester they are enrolled in the program, unless they have passed a equivalency exam.

Select five from:

Course Course Title Usually Offered
ACCT 554
Financial Statement Analysis
Fall
ACCT 561
Accounting Information Systems
Fall, Spring
ACCT 501
Advanced Accounting
Fall, Spring
ACCT 531
Principles of Auditing
Fall
ACCT 510
Advanced Cost Accounting
Spring
ACCT 521
Business Law and the Search for Non-Obvious Liabilities
Fall, Spring
ACCT 522
Advanced Federal Taxation
Fall
ACCT 532
Audit Simulation
Spring
ACCT 562ABC
Technology for Accountants and IFRS
Fall, Spring
ACCT 572A
Accounting for Not-for-Profit Entities
Fall
ACCT 515
Ethics for Professional Accountants
Spring

 

Select four from:

Course Course Title Usually Offered
ACCT (I)
Any ACCT (I) course listed above
Fall, Spring
ECON, MIS, FIN
Any approved Non-ACCT business courses
Fall, Spring, Sum

 

A list of potential non-accounting business electives is available in Courses. Please note that availability is not guaranteed and will change between semesters. Please see your Program Coordinator for a current list of approved courses.


 

Program Length

The MSA program length will vary between students and will depend on the number of prerequisites completed prior to admission as well as number of courses taken each semester.

The minimum program length is two semesters and will most likely apply to full-time students with undergraduate accounting degrees from US institutions. All graduate coursework must be completed within 6 years of starting the program.

Sample Schedules

Sample schedules below provide program structures for different student situations.

Accounting Undergraduate, U.S. University, Completed Prerequisites:

Fall Spring
ACCT 522
ACCT 521
ACCT 531
ACCT 501
ACCT 561
ACCT 510
ACCT/Non-ACCT Elective
ACCT/Non-ACCT Elective
ACCT/Non-ACCT Elective
ACCT/Non-ACCT Elective

 

Foreign University, ACCT 200/ACCT 210 Waived, Summer Start Date:

Summer Fall Spring
ACCT 500A
ACCT 522
ACCT 501
ACCT 500B
ACCT 531
ACCT 521
ACCT 520
ACCT 561
ACCT 510
 
ACCT 310
ACCT/Non-ACCT Elective
 
ACCT/Non-ACCT Elective
ACCT/Non-ACCT Elective

 

Foreign University, ACCT 200/ACCT 210 Waived, Fall Start Date:

Fall Spring Fall
ACCT 310
ACCT 500B
ACCT 501
ACCT 500A
ACCT 521
ACCT 522
ACCT 520
ACCT 561
ACCT 554
ACCT 531
ACCT/Non-ACCT Elective
ACCT/Non-ACCT Elective
ACCT/Non-ACCT Elective
ACCT/Non-ACCT Elective
 

 

Foreign University, ACCT 200/ACCT 210 Required, Summer Start Date:

Summer Fall Spring Fall
ACCT 200
ACCT 500A
ACCT 500B
ACCT 501
ACCT 210
ACCT 520
ACCT 561
ACCT 522
 
ACCT 310
ACCT 521
ACCT 554
 
ACCT 531
ACCT/Non-ACCT Elective
ACCT/Non-ACCT Elective
   
ACCT/Non-ACCT Elective
ACCT/Non-ACCT Elective

 

Foreign University, ACCT 200/ACCT 210 Required, Fall Start Date:

Fall Spring Summer Fall Spring
ACCT 521
ACCT 500A
ACCT 310
ACCT 522
ACCT 501
ACCT 599
ACCT 520
ACCT 500B
ACCT 531
ACCT 561
Non-ACCT Elective
Non-ACCT Elective
 
ACCT 554
 
 Non-ACCT Elective  Non-ACCT Elective
 
   

 

Note: the sample schedules are only given as examples of possible course combinations. If admitted, each student will meet with a Program Coordinator to plan out a program track that will meet the student's individual situation and needs.