Feb 25, 2024  
University Catalog 2023-2024 
University Catalog 2023-2024

Accounting, M.S.

Location(s): Main Campus

Program Overview

The M.S. Degree in Accounting 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:

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

  1. Applicants must complete 12 units of foundation business courses: CIS 1200 , ECON 2090 , FIN 2050 , and BUS 3050 
  2. Applicants 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 .
  3. Students must earn a minimum of a C grade in their Accounting Foundation courses. 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.

Lightbulb Learning Outcomes   Checkpoint marker Roadmap (2019)     

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.


Students who have taken  ACCT 4240A , or ACCT 4240B  , or equivalent, before admission to the MS Accounting Program are exempt from ACCT 5240A , 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 option.


Students who have taken ACCT 4350  , or ACCT 4360    before entering the MS Accounting Program are not allowed to take ACCT 5350  , or ACCT 5360  


Students who have taken ACCT 4200 , ACCT 4270 , ACCT 4350 , or ACCT 4360  before entering the MS Accounting Program are not allowed to take ACCT 5270 , ACCT 5290 , ACCT 5350 , or ACCT 5360  .


Students who have taken ACCT 4210A  or ACCT 4210C  or ACCT 5210D  prior to entering the MS Accounting program are not allowed to take ACCT 5210A  and ACCT 5210C  or ACCT 5210D .