Frequently Asked Questions

To apply for the MSA program, students submit a University application on Cal State Apply and send official transcripts and scores as appropriate to the MSA Program Office (see Admissions).

MSA program course is $755 per unit. The tuition for the entire program is $24,915 excluding foundation courses.

Yes, for more information, please visit the CSUEB Financial Aid Website.

No. The program tuition is set at the beginning of the program and will stay the same for the entire program.

Tuition fees for subsequent cohorts are subject to change.

For the lower division foundation courses (ACCT 210 Intro to Financial Accounting and ACCT 215 Intro to Managerial Accounting), we accept credits from four year universities or community colleges.

For the upper division foundation courses (ACCT 20 Business Law for Accountants and ACCT 325 Accounting Ethics), we only accept transfer credit from AACSB accredited Business Schools at four-year universities.

For MSA program courses, we do not accept any transferable credits. This is a cohort-based program and students must take all courses to fulfill the required 33 units.

Yes. We accept students that do not have undergraduate degrees in accounting. If you have not completed the four foundation courses, you must complete any missing course during the Summer before the start of the MSA program in the Fall Semester.

Yes. We accept students that do not have undergraduate degrees in accounting or business. If you have not completed the four foundation courses, you must complete any missing course during the Summer before the start of the MSA program in the Fall Semester.

Yes, MSA program courses meet on Friday evenings and Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM. Foundation courses in the summer will be held on week nights and on Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

However, the MSA program is a very rigorous and demanding. Students must be able to spend sufficient time studying for the program.

Undergraduate degree, GMAT (or GRE), and personal interview required. TOEFL for international students.  

No. You must take the GMAT before you apply to the MSA program unless you qualify for waiving the GMAT. Find a test center close to you here.

MSA program starts in Fall Semester each year around mid August. If foundation courses are needed, students need to enroll in the Summer term (June – August).

At the end of the Fall Semester in December of the following year.

To apply for the MSA program starting in Fall 2020

  • Applications are accepted from October 1, 2019 - June 1, 2020.

To apply for the MSA program to start foundation courses in Summer 2020

  • Applications are accepted from February 1- April 15, 2019.

Three MSA program courses are offered each semester. One course is held on Friday evening from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Two courses are held on Saturday from 9:00 AM to 11:45 AM and 12:45 PM to 3:30 PM.

Foundation courses will be held on weekday evenings and Saturdays.

There are 2 semesters (Fall and Spring) each year, and each semester is 15 weeks long plus finals week. It will take three semesters plus the summer session to complete the MSA program.

You can take the missed courses with another cohort during the following year when the same course is offered. You will complete your degree one year later.

All classes are held at the CSUEB Hayward Hills Campus. 

The MSA program will provide graduates with opportunities to pursue a wide range of professional accounting careers in public accounting firms, corporations, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations.