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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 can tailor their MSA degree with elective courses in a variety of topic areas, including tax. 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 and / or online. The evening and online formats allows students to earn their degrees at their own pace.


Path2CPA

The Path2CPA option makes the journey to an advanced degree quicker and less expensive. Students can earn a Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) in as little as one year after completing GGU’s Accounting, BSBusiness, Accounting Concentration, BS. The Path2CPA option can also satisfy the 150-hour education requirement for CPA licensure. Pursuing this option eliminates the requirement to apply for the MSA program and no GMAT/GRE test score is required.

The Path2CPA includes the following graduate-level courses: ACCTG 302 and ACCTG 351B. The graduate-level courses will be included in the unit totals and GPAs for both applicants’ undergraduate Accounting and graduate-level Accounting degree programs. Students whose average GPA in the two graduate-level courses falls below a 3.00 GPA will be conditionally admitted to the Master’s programs.

ACCOUNTING FOUNDATION — 15 UNITS

Accounting foundation requirements will be waived for those students who have passed the U.S. CPA examination. Additionally, individual courses will be waived for students who completed them at GGU, or who completed comparable courses at other regionally accredited degree granting institutions, with grades of “B” or better.

ACCTG 1A
Introductory Financial Accounting (3 units)
ACCTG 1B
Introductory Managerial Accounting (3 units)
ACCTG 100A
Intermediate Accounting I (3 units)
ACCTG 100B
Intermediate Accounting II (3 units)
ACCTG 108A
Federal Income Tax I (3 units)

ADVANCED PROGRAM — 18 UNITS

CORE REQUIRED COURSES — 12 UNITS

ACCTG 300
Accounting Research & Communication (3 units)
ACCTG 302
Accountants Professional Responsibility & Ethics (3 units)
ACCTG 333
Data Analytics for Accountants (3 units)
ACCTG 351C
Communication & Analysis of Financial Information for Accountants (3 units)

CORE ELECTIVE COURSES — 6 UNITS

Two of the following:

ACCTG 305
Advanced Financial Accounting Topics (3 units)
ACCTG 310
Auditing (3 units)
ACCTG 319
Accounting Information Systems (3 units)
ACCTG 320
Issues in Modern Management Accounting (3 units)

ELECTIVE COURSES — 12 UNITS

Students may select courses from the approved program concentrations. Student may also select any of the “Core Elective Courses” above that are not used to complete that requirement.

CONCENTRATIONS

  • Taxation Concentration

CONCENTRATIONS

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

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.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Graduates of the master of science in accounting program will:
  • be able to identify accounting issues, research and effectively communicate the results orally and in writing.
  • have a defined body of knowledge of essential accounting principles and doctrines, including but not limited to the following, and be able to critically apply these principles to practical situations and to adapt to changing work environments: revenue recognition; IFRS; auditing; internal controls; control environment; materiality; ethics, both practical implementation and professional responsibility; and fraud.
  • be prepared to be effective accounting decision makers in an increasingly international business environment.
  • have an understanding of the business, legal, professional, and ethical context for a career as a professional accountant, including the ability to identify and appropriately act when ethical dilemmas are encountered in the activities of a professional accountant.
  • have experience and skill in accomplishing objectives by collaboration.

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