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.


Accounting Courses: $2,925 per 3-unit course.

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


This program is offered at the following locations: