Prerequisite Requirements

 

I have an accounting degree or concentration from a U.S. institution.

Excellent! You are off to a great start.  If you have earned a degree in accounting in the U.S. you may have already completed all six prerequisite courses.  To waive the prerequisite courses, you should have completed these courses with a B grade within the past five years.  The courses are:

  • Introductory Financial Accounting

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Five upper division accounting courses in:

  • Intermediate Financial Accounting I & II
  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Management Accounting and Control Systems
  • Tax Factors of Business and Investment Decisions

If you need clarification on whether you have completed all six prerequisite courses please fill out the questionnaire and attach copies of your transcript(s).

If you are selected for admission to the MSA for fall 2018 but still need some 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.

International Applicants (F-1 visa) - Please read the linked information carefully before submitting an application to the MSA for Fall 2018

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I have an accounting degree or concentration from an institution outside of the United States

If you have earned a degree or concentration in accounting in an institution outside of the United States you will still need to complete five upper division accounting prerequisite courses:

  • Intermediate Financial Accounting I & II
  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Management Accounting and Control Systems
  • Tax Factors of Business and Investment Decisions

These five course are offered in the Certificate in Accounting Fundamentals program in the summer prior to the start of the fall MSA classes. All five of these courses are upper division and you may not complete them at a community college.

If you need clarification on the prerequisite course requirement and your eligibility please fill out the questionnaire and attach copies of your transcript(s).

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.

International Applicants (F-1 visa) - Please read the linked information carefully before submitting an application to the MSA for Fall 2018


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I have no accounting courses

If you have not completed any accounting courses you will need to complete the following six prerequisite courses with a B grade within the past five years prior to admission:

  • Introductory Financial Accounting – with a grade of B May 15th. This course is a prerequisite to the next five courses. This course must be completed an at institution in the United States. Some California community colleges offer introductory financial accounting on site and online. You may explore this option under the BUS 20 listing at: http://www.sjsu.edu/lcobssc/concentrations/equiv_courses/

           plus

Five upper division accounting courses in:                 

  • Intermediate Financial Accounting I & II
  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Management Accounting and Control Systems
  • Tax Factors of Business and Investment Decisions -  By August 20th

These five course are offered in the  Certificate in Accounting Fundamentals program in the summer prior to the start of the fall MSA classes. All five of these courses are upper division and you may not complete them at a community college.

If you need clarification on the prerequisite course requirement and your eligibility please fill out the questionnaire and attach copies of your transcript(s).

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 summer 2018 term.

 

International Applicants (F-1 visa) - Please read the linked information carefully before submitting an application to the MSA for Fall 2018

 

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