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Master of Science in Accountancy

Degree Program

California State University, East Bay's Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) program is an AACSB accredited, high quality, rigorous accounting program. This program prepares students for entry into the accounting profession. Graduates of the MSA program will have opportunities to pursue a wide range of professional accounting careers in public accounting firms, corporations, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations.

The MSA program provides students with the 24 semester units of ACCOUNTING SUBJECTS required for the U.S. Certified Public Accountants (CPA) exam. The program also provides both the 20 semester units of ACCOUNTING STUDY and 10 semester units of the ETHICS STUDY to satisfy the 30 semester units, part of the 150 semester units, required for CPA licensure in California.

The program focuses on the knowledge of the U.S. and international financial reporting and auditing standards, taxation, business laws and regulations, and accountants’ professional responsibilities. It also enables students to develop professional communication and collaborative teamwork skills.

This is a cohort-based, 17-month graduate program. The program accepts students only once a year in Fall semester. Students are guaranteed to complete the entire program in 17 months.

Accounting or non-accounting students or professionals interested in pursuing an accounting career or CPA licensure in California

  • PLO 1: Students who graduate will demonstrate knowledge of U.S. and international financial reporting standards and auditing standards for corporate financial reporting and attestation.
  • PLO 2: Students who graduate will apply critical thinking and quantitative reasoning to financial reporting and business valuation.
  • PLO 3: Students who graduate will illustrate the knowledge of accountants’ professional ethics standards and apply them to business situations.
  • PLO 4: Students who graduate will apply written communication skills to create professional accounting reports.
  • PLO 5: Students who graduate will apply oral communication skills to deliver a well-organized, informative, and persuasive oral presentation within a professional context.
  • PLO 6: Students who graduate will apply professional collaboration and teamwork skills in working with individuals and in groups.
Type of Degree Master of Science (MS) degree
Number of Courses: 11 courses (33 semester units)
Program Schedule: 3 MSA program courses will be offered each semester on Friday evening, Saturday morning and Saturday afternoon.
Foundation courses will be offered in the summer on weekday evenings and Saturday morning and Saturday afternoon.
Program Length: 17 months, excluding foundation courses.
Foundation courses will be offered June-August in the summer prior to the start of the program.
Tuition Costs: MSA program course: $755/ per unit
Foundation course: $540/ per unit
Total Program Cost: $24,915, excluding foundation courses .
Financial aid is available

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MS in Accountancy
  • College of Business & Economics
  • Cal State East Bay
  • 25800 Carlos Bee Blvd
  • Hayward, CA 94542