Academic Catalog 2024-2025


College of  Business Administration and Public Policy
Department of Accounting

Program Description

The Master of Science in Accounting program is tailored for accounting undergraduates who seek advanced study in accounting and prepare themselves for the professional field of accounting. Students can expect this program aims to fulfill the 30 units of accounting related subjects education requirement for the CPA licensure in addition to their undergraduate degree in accounting.

Academic Advisement

Master of Science in Accounting students seeking advisement must contact CBAPP Graduate and Professional Programs Department located in II 3500, (310) 243-3646. The office is open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 6 pm.


Master of Science in Accounting students are in high demand for positions within the professional accounting fields. Graduates of the program can expect to be eligible for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensure pending meeting all requirements. CPA licensure will provide credibility and distinguish graduates of the MS in Accounting program from other accounting professionals.

Admission into programs leading to licensure and credentialing does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or credential. Licensure and credentialing requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the CSU and requirements can change at any time. For example, licensure or credentialing requirements can include evidence of the right to work in the United States (e.g., social security number or tax payer identification number) or successfully passing a criminal background check. Students are responsible for determining whether they can meet licensure or credentialing requirements. The CSU will not refund tuition, fees, or any associated costs, to students who determine subsequent to admission that they cannot meet licensure or credentialing requirements. 

The California State University has not determined whether its programs meet other states' educational or professional requirements for licensure and certification. Students enrolled in a California State University program who are planning to pursue licensure or certification in other states are responsible for determining whether they will meet their state's requirements for licensure or certification. This disclosure is made pursuant to 34 CFR §668 43(a)(5)(v)(C).