MS Accountancy

The Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) is a flexible degree program designed for both accounting and non-accounting college graduates who aspire to a profession in accounting. Coursework includes advanced financial reporting, auditing, taxation, IT auditing,and financial statement analysis. Accounting graduates enroll in a course of study to earn a masters degree and 30 additional units required for Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensure. Ambitious, highly motivated Business, Liberal Arts, English, Mathematics, History, Foreign Language, Sociology, Natural Science, or Social Science graduates will need to complete the intensive Certificate in Accounting Fundamentals program during the summer semester before matriculation into the MSA degree program.

The MSA program provides thorough instruction in the theory and practice of accounting and presents students with the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in other disciplines that are necessary to succeed in today's business world. The MSA program prepares students for a career in public or corporate accounting with a strong foundation for both CPA certification and career advancement.

Admission to the MSA program is offered once a year in the Fall semester. Prior to enrollment all MSA students will need to have completed an Introductory Financial Accounting course plus the following five upper-division accounting prerequisite courses:

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

All six prerequisite courses must have been completed within five years of admission to the MSA program. The Introductory Financial Accounting course must be completed with a grade of B (3.0) or better (on a 4.0 scale). The remaining five upper-division prerequisite accounting courses must have been completed at accredited four-year U.S. colleges or universities with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 (B), with no course grade less than a C (2.0). All prerequisite courses are subject to final approval by the MSA Admissions Committee. An efficient way to earn credit for the five upper-division prerequisite courses is to complete the Certificate in Accounting Fundamentals program at San Jose State University. The Certificate in Accounting Fundamentals program is offered during the summer semester before matriculation into the MSA degree program. All courses, whether part of the Certificate program or the MSA degree program, are accelerated. Those in the Certificate program will typically run one at a time in a two and a half week cycle. Courses in the MSA degree program will typically run two at a time in five-week cycles or one course in a two and a half week cycle. Most courses meet during the day on the main San Jose State University Campus.

Pursuing a career in accounting can provide a lifetime of professional opportunities. The Lucas Graduate School of Business MSA program presents a rewarding academic experience and an excellent framework for professional success.

Program Cost

The total program cost for the 2014/2015 cohort is estimated to be:

  • $16,189 for California state residents
  • $27,349 for non-residents and International students

The above costs only represent registration costs and do not include books, supplies, etc. Fees are subject to change each semester.