The Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) is a one-year program designed to prepare students for successful careers in the field of accounting. Our students complete a rigorous program that develops their technical knowledge, ethical decision-making ability, communication competence, and research and critical thinking skills. Students specialize in either Professional Accountancy or Information Systems.
The MSA is offered nights/weekends and is designed to be completed within one year. Students are admitted into a cohort (usually no more than 35 students). Cohorted-students will complete three classes per semester. Enrollment is guaranteed for every class, and the class schedule is set for the entire program. In comparison with other programs composed of part-time students, the cohort model increases retention and graduation rates among working adults. New cohorts will be admitted each fall.
Students currently enrolled in the CSUN undergraduate BS in Accountancy program who need to comply with the new 150-hour requirement for CPA licensure.
Students who already have an undergraduate accounting degree from another university but have not yet taken the CPA exam and need to comply with the 150-hour requirement.
Other students who have already completed an undergraduate degree in accounting and wish to earn a master's degree in accountancy and who wish to either work in industry or eventually enroll in a PhD program.
Students with a Bachelor's degree in a field other than accountancy (or business administration with a concentration in accounting) are required to complete 15 units of accounting and 24 units of business prerequisites before an application to the MSA program will be considered.