MSA FAQ

  1. Does the MSA program require a specific undergraduate degree for admission?
  2. How many courses are required to complete the degree?
  3. How long will it take to complete the program?
  4. What does the program cost?
  5. Are there prerequisite courses?
  6. How can I complete the remaining five prerequisite courses?
  7. Is an internship required?
  8. How do I secure an internship?
  9. Is there a minimum GMAT or GRE score required?
  10. Is there a minimum GPA required for admission?
  11. Do I need an English language proficiency examination (TOEFL)?
  12. What is the profile of the class most recently admitted?
  13. I earned my undergraduate degree outside the U.S. Who will evaluate my degree?
  14. Do you admit international students (F-1 visa) to the MSA?
  15. How do I apply?
  16. Which application do I use?
  17. Do I need to complete the prerequisite course(s) and take the GMAT or GRE before I apply?
  18. Can I be admitted before I complete all the prerequisite courses?
  19. When does the Lucas Graduate School accept applications?
  20. What is the application deadline for fall 2016?
  21. When will I hear about admission?
  22. Are there students I can speak with about the program?
  23. Does the Lucas Graduate School offer scholarships for MSA students?
  24. What type of Financial Aid is available?
  25. Who is eligible for Financial Aid?
  26. How do I apply for Financial Aid?

 1. Does the MSA program require a specific undergraduate degree for admission?
The MSA welcomes all applicants from all disciplines.

2. How many courses are required to complete the degree?
Ten courses (30 units) are required.
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3. How long will it take to complete the program? 
The MSA is a full-time, accelerated program that takes two semesters to complete.
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 4. What does the program cost?
Estimated program cost for state residents is $17,255. For non-residents and international students, it’s $29,135. Fees do not include textbooks.
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 5. Are there prerequisite courses?
The MSA requires six prerequisite courses completed with an average grade of B or better within the five years prior to enrollment. The first prerequisite course is Introductory Financial Accounting, which must be the equivalent of three semester hours and completed at an institution in the United States. The acceptable course offered at SJSU is Financial Accounting, BUS 20. Many local community colleges offer Financial Accounting on site and online.  You may explore these options under the BUS 20 listing at: http://www.sjsu.edu/lcobssc/concentrations/equiv_courses/.

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 6. How can I complete the remaining five prerequisite courses?
You may complete the remaining five prerequisite courses in the summer Certificate in Accounting Fundamentals. These five courses are all upper division and you may not complete them at a community college.

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   7. Is an internship required?
No. However, Bus 220K is an optional three-unit practicum scheduled during the spring semester. The course is an integral part of the MSA program because it provides you with an invaluable internship and practical experience. Therefore, all students admitted to the MSA program should be eligible to work in the United States.
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   8. How do I secure an internship?
The MSA program staff will support and assist you in finding an internship. But, ultimately, your skills and the impression you make during the interview process will help you land an internship. The MSA program cannot guarantee that all students will be offered an internship.
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   9. Is there a minimum GMAT or GRE score required?
A GMAT or GRE score equal to or above the 50th percentile on both the quantitative and verbal sections of the exam is preferred. 
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   10. Is there a minimum GPA required for admission?
Ideally, your GPA should be at 3.0 or above for admission to the MSA program. The last 60 units or 90 quarter units are used to calculate your GPA. An absolute minimum GPA of 2.5 is required for graduate admission at SJSU. 
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 11. Do I need an English language proficiency examination (TOEFL)?
If you graduated from a higher education institution in a country where the primary language is not English, you will need to take an English-language proficiency exam. The MSA program requires a minimum score of 90 on the internet-based TOEFL, 7.5 on the IELTS or 75 on the PTE. (Please note that these scores are higher than the minimum scores required by SJSU, which are 80 on the internet-based TOEFL, 6.5 on the IELTS or 53 on the PTE).

SJSU does not accept English-medium of instruction as a substitute for an English-language proficiency exam.

We can waive the examination if you have:

  • Received a bachelors or masters degree from an accredited U.S. institution.
  • Received a bachelors or masters degree from an accredited institution for which English is the official and primary language of that country.
  • Completed three years of full time coursework in an accredited U.S. institution.

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 12. What is the profile of the class most recently admitted?
Average age – 29, Average GMAT – 623, Average GPA – 3.44, 42% male, 58% female
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 13. I earned my undergraduate degree outside the U.S. Who will evaluate my degree?
Graduate Admissions requires a World Education Services document-by-document evaluation for all transcripts and degrees earned outside the United States, (Basic or ICAP). This applies to all applicants with international credentials, both domestic and foreign, with the exception of Canada. WES is a non-profit organization that conducts research on international education and trends and provides expert credential evaluation services. You can find an application and directions on the WES website
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  14. Do you admit international students (F-1 visa) to the MSA?
There are specific circumstances that allow us to admit international students to the MSA. Please read the linked information carefully before submitting an application to the MSA for Fall 2017. http://www.sjsu.edu/lucasgsb/programs/msa/prospective/internationalapplicants/index.html
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  15. How do I apply?

The Lucas Graduate School’s website contains step-by-step instructions on the application process.
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 16. Which application do I use?
Domestic students are defined as U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents (Green Card holders), or H-4 or H1-B visa holders. If you fit one of those categories, use the Domestic Students application.
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 17. Do I need to complete the prerequisite course(s) and take the GMAT or GRE before I apply?
We recommend that you apply early and obtain a SJSU ID. This will enable you and the Lucas Graduate School to monitor the progress of your application. If you do not have an accounting background, you should plan to complete a course in financial accounting by May 1, 2018.
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18. Can I be admitted before I complete all the prerequisite courses?
Yes. If you are selected for admission to the MSA for fall 2018 but still need some or all of the prerequisite courses, your offer of admission will be conditional. The condition will be that you successfully complete the required courses in the Certificate in Accounting Fundamentals offered in the summer 2018 term.
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 19. When does the Lucas Graduate School accept applications?
MSA students are admitted once a year in the fall. 
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  20. What is the application deadline for fall 2018?
International Students
:
Applications open October 1st and close November 1st.
Document Deadline - November 20th.
Domestic Students
Applications open October 1st and close February 1st.
Document Deadline - February 20th.

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  21. When will I hear about admission?
We will notify applicants in March and early April.

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  22. Are there students I can speak with about the program?
Yes, please contact the Lucas Graduate School to make arrangements.
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   23. Does the Lucas Graduate School offer scholarships for MSA students?
Once you’re enrolled, the Lucas Graduate School’s MSA programs coordinator will alert you about scholarship opportunities as they arise. You may also visit the Financial Aid and Scholarship section of our website more information on SJSU scholarship opportunities.
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 24. What type of Financial Aid is available?
MSA students may be considered for State University Grant, Graduate Professional Business Grant and Federal Direct Stafford Loans. If you need additional funds, you may apply for the Graduate Plus Loan based on your credit rating.
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 25. Who is eligible for Financial Aid?
Graduate students who are U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens—meaning individuals who have been issued an alien registration number.
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 26. How do I apply for Financial Aid?
You must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid application by March 2, 2016, for priority consideration. If you will not complete your federal tax return by the priority filing date, use an estimated income on your FAFSA. You may still complete the FAFSA application after the priority filing date of March 2.
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