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Argyros School of Business and Economics

» Masters of Science in Accounting

The Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) program is designed to qualify graduates to sit for the California CPA exam while obtaining a master’s degree. Students will pursue the degree in a highly personalized learning environment. The 30 credit MSA program offers students:

  • A keen understanding of the strategic role of accounting in business organizations
  • The ability to apply ethical principles and responsibilities in accounting 
  • Expertise in the field using relevant academic and professional research
  • The ability to communicate effectively and persuasively

The MSA program may be completed in 10 months but length may vary depending on unfinished prerequisites. Classes meet in the evening. Students will have an opportunity to complete business courses offered in our AACSB accredited and nationally ranked MBA program. 

View Education Requirements for CPA Licensure beginning January 1, 2017

+ - Application Requirements

  • Submit the online application
  • Resume
  • Statement of Intent
  • Official academic transcript from undergraduate degree granting institution
    • Send electronically to admtranscript@chapman.edu
    • Send via mail to:
      Chapman University
      Office of Graduate Admissions
      One University Drive
      Orange, CA 92866
  • Official GMAT or GRE score (institution code 4047)
  • Two letters of recommendation 
  • International Applicants must also submit the following:

+ - Prerequisites

Prerequisites may be taken in the MSA program or at another nationally accredited institution. Please contact Vicki Kausmeyer for more information at kausmeye@chapman.edu

Students with a Bachelor's degree in an area other than business may be required to take the following courses

Introductory Business Statistics 
Legal Environment of Business
Intermediate Financial Accounting I and II
Individual Taxation or Taxation of Corporations

+ - Sample Program Plans

Program plan with all prerequisites completed 



Fall Economic Analysis for Business
Advanced Financial Accounting I
Forensic Accounting and Fraud Detection
Advanced Business Law 
Winter  Elective 
Spring Advanced Financial Accounting II 
Professional Ethics and Responsibilities
Financial Reporting and Analysis
Business Analytics 

Course Descriptions

+ - Tuition

Please visit the Tuition and Fees for current MSA information.

Application Deadlines

Fall Semester

Round 1: November 1
Round 2: February 1
Round 3: June 1

Spring Semester

Round 1: October 1
Round 2: December 1

Applications received after the final deadline will be accepted on a space available basis. 

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MS in Accounting Brochure

Download our MS in Accounting brochure (PDF) for more info.