Master of Science in Accounting

A graduate degree designed for those who have studied accounting and wish to further their expertise and complete the 150-hour education requirement for CPA licensure.


The Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) is intended to meet the needs of those who have studied accounting and wish to further develop their expertise. For many students, the MSA will satisfy the 150-hour education requirement to become a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Students will have the opportunity to customize their degrees by choosing 21 units of electives from an extensive list of accounting, tax, and business courses. Students also have the option to complete the MSA degree with a concentration in forensic accounting. Eligible students may earn up to six units of electives through an internship for approved, real-world experience acquired during their degree program.

The master of science in accounting can be obtained in person through our evening program in San Francisco, or completely online. The evening and online venues allow students to earn their degrees at their own pace.


Graduates of the master of science in accounting program will demonstrate:
  • The ability to identify accounting issues, research and effectively communicate the results orally and in writing.
  • Knowledge and understanding of a diverse range of subjects relevant to a future career as an accountant. Topics include financial accounting principles and doctrines, auditing, internal controls, accounting information systems, managerial accounting, fraud prevention and detection, taxation, business law, economics, finance, international business, forensic accounting and data-analysis techniques.
  • An understanding of the business, legal, professional and ethical context for a career as a professional accountant, and the ability to identify and appropriately act when ethical dilemmas are encountered in the activities of a professional accountant.
  • An advanced specialization in accounting.


The master of science in accounting (MSA) program requires 30 units of graduate coursework.

International students (F and J visa holders) admitted to the MSA program at Golden Gate University will be required to take a gateway course on academic readiness and accounting-course support in their first trimester. This requirement will be waived only by the school at file review.



All application materials, enrollment service petition materials, or student documentation (including transcripts and letters of recommendation) should be sent to:
Mailing Address:

Golden Gate University
Office of Records and Registration
536 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: 415-442-7200



Intermediate Algebra
FI 100
Financial Management
And one of the following:
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics


Accounting Courses: $2,805 per 3-unit course.

Tuition varies for other courses. See Tuition & Fees for details.


This program is offered at the following locations: