The Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) is a flexible degree program designed for both accounting and non-accounting undergraduates who aspire to a profession in accounting. Coursework includes advanced financial reporting, auditing, taxation, IT auditing and financial statement analysis. Undergraduate accounting students enroll in a course of study to earn a masters degree and 30 additional units required for CPA licensure. An ambitious, highly motivated Business, Liberal Arts, English, Mathematics, History, Foreign Language, Sociology, Natural Science, or Social Science undergraduate 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 public accounting certification (CPA) and career advancement.
Admission to the MSA program is offered once a year in fall. Non-accounting majors will need to complete six prerequisite course requirements prior to enrollment in the Fall semester. All courses must have been completed within five years of admission to the MSA program. Introductory Financial Accounting must be completed with a grade of B or better. The remaining five prerequisite requirements are offered in the Certificate in Accounting Fundamentals program during the summer semester before matriculation into the MSA degree program. Courses are accelerated and 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.
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.