The Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) is a thirteen month program designed for non-accounting majors. The curriculum builds on a Liberal Arts, English, Mathematics, History, Foreign Language, Sociology, Natural Science, or Social Science foundation. 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. A hands-on, interdisciplinary approach makes this program one of the one of the most innovative programs available anywhere for non-accounting majors. While the courses in the MSA program meet the requirements to sit for the CPA exam, there may be additional classes such as ethics, that may be necessary if a candidate is licensed after January 2014.
Admission to the MSA program is offered once a year in summer with a mandatory summer start in late May. The program model is a lock-step cohort which requires that an assigned group of students begin the program at the same time in May, move through the entire curriculum in unison and then graduate together at the end of the thirteen month time frame. Courses are accelerated and typically run in two week cycles and meet during the day on the main San Jose State University Campus. You may refer to this year's schedule as an example on our website.
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 2012/2013 cohort is estimated to be:
- $29,571.50 for California residents
- $50,775.50 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.