Have you completed an undergraduate degree and are not sure what to do? Do you have strong analytical skills and excellent communication skills? If so, the San Jose State University Masters of Science in Accountancy (MSA) program could be for you. It is a full-time degree program that is designed specifically for non-accounting undergraduate majors only.

The program is designed for the liberal arts or sciences undergraduate who is ambitious, highly motivated, and has a desire to become part of the accounting profession. The course work and the optional internship provide the opportunity for these individuals to build on their academic foundation the necessary framework to begin a successful and rewarding career in public accounting or corporate finance. Completion of the program also qualifies you to sit for the CPA exam.

The program offers a 13-month course of study which begins in late May and ends in June of the following calendar year. The MSA program is designed to expose students to disciplines necessary to work in a professional position in public accounting or in industry with strong preparation for both Public Accounting Certification (CPA) and career advancement. The educational objectives of the MSA program are to provide students with a solid base of knowledge in accounting and general business courses, while preparing them for a ten-week internship with public accounting firms and corporations. The curriculum includes an awareness of the moral and ethical considerations involved; and incentives to grow and keep pace with ever-changing issues, conditions, forces and ideas. The 57 semester units of course work are required of all students. There are no electives, and it is a lock-in-step cohort program with students attending all courses at the same time. The courses include introductory accounting to advanced accounting, special accounting topics (such as e-Commerce), law & ethics, taxation, professional communications, organizational behavior, and business valuation.

The internship portion of the program could result in a full- time employment offer and, in most cases, students are employed prior to graduation from the program. Typically, MSA students start at an annual salary level of $50K to mid-$60K. The movement up into the ranks of an accounting firm or into public or private corporations can be rapid with this degree.

Potential career paths include fields in:

  • Accounting at a Public Accounting Firm specializing in: Audit Control Systems, Taxation, Consulting/advisory
  • Public corporations – large, medium or small
  • Government
  • Not-for-profit firms
  • PhD in accounting

The employment opportunities are enormous and range from public accounting firms to small and large corporations in Silicon Valley.