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University Catalog 2020-2021 
University Catalog 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Accounting, M.S.

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The M.S. Degree in Accounting (MSA) prepares students for a wide range of employment opportunities in public accounting, industry and finance, government and nonprofit organizations.  The program is designed to help acquire knowledge and skills in one or more accounting areas: Accounting Information Systems, Financial and Public Accounting, and Taxation.  Graduates of the program are prepared to take a professional examination for entry into their selected area;  are committed to professional and career development beyond their formal education; are equipped to become leaders who exhibit high standards of ethical conduct; and are prepared for doctoral study programs or research positions.

Admission to the Program

  • Applicants must complete  12 units of foundation business courses: CIS 1200  , ECON 2090  , FIN 2050  and BUS 3050 . Students must earn a minimum of a C grade in their Accounting Foundation courses.
  • In addition, applications must complete 15 units of Foundation Accounting Courses: ACCT 2100  and ACCT 2110  or equivalent courses, ACCT 3200A , ACCT 3200B  ACCT 3210 , and ACCT 3220 .
  • An approved Graduate Degree Program must be on file in the CBE Student Service Center.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for admission to the M.S. Degree in Accounting.

Once students have completed the business and accounting foundation courses they achieve Graduate Standing.



Requirements for the Degree (33 units)

A total of  33 units of 5000 level courses are required.  All programs must be approved by the department.

Required Core (18 units)

Note: Students who have taken ACCT 4240A  or ACCT 4240B  or equivalent, before admission to the MS Accounting Program are exempt from ACCT 5240A  or ACCT 5240B .  These students must complete an additional  3 units of 5000 level courses for each of the classes exempted, selected with Advisor approval from the option classes below.

Options (15 units)

Select one of the following options:

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