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» Master of Science in Accounting

The Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) program is designed to assist graduates towards earning credits that are necessary for the California CPA exam and licensure, while obtaining a specialized master’s degree. Graduates will gain the knowledge needed to pursue careers in public accounting, industrial accounting, government and non-profit organizations. View Education Requirements for CPA Licensure and CPA Self-Assessment Worksheet.

Highlights of the MSA program include:

  • Fall or Spring enrollment
  • Flexible courses offered weekdays in the daytime and   evening
  • Centralized location in the heart of Orange County
  • Highly personalized classes taught by renowned faculty
  • Access to career services and distinguished research centers
  • Optional travel courses to Scandinavia or South America 
  • Merit scholarships and graduate assistantship opportunities

Students may take advantage of leadership roles in the Accounting SocietyGraduate Business Association (GBA), Women in Business and Argyros Ambassador programs, attend national conferences, participate in case competitions and engage with top executives both inside and outside the classroom.

+ - Prerequisites

Students with a Bachelor's degree in an area other than accounting are required to take the following courses before or during the program.  They may be completed at Chapman University or at another regionally accredited institution.  

  • Intro Business Statistics
  • Legal Environment of Business
  • Intermediate Financial Accounting 1 & 2
  • Individual Taxation OR Taxation of Corporations
  • Auditing

+ - 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 
  • Interview
  • International Applicants must also submit the following:
    • Official TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or Cambridge English Advanced Exam test score
    • Please click here for more information on our international admission requirements

+ - Class Profile

Average GPA: 3.03

Average GMAT: 660

Average Age: 33

+ - Sample Program Plans

Program plan will be customized based upon prerequisite courses. Below is an example of a program plan in which all prerequisite courses have been completed. 

Sample Program Plan

Term

Course

Fall Economic Analysis for Business
Accounting for Investments
Accounting Elective
Accounting or Business Elective
Accounting or Business Elective
Winter  Professional Ethics and Responsibilities
Spring Non-Profit/Government Accounting
Business Analytics
Accounting Elective
Accounting or Business Elective

+ - Tuition

Please refer to the Student Business Services for detailed tuition and fee information.

Scholarship opportunities are offered to qualified applicants in varying amounts; contact us to find out more. For additional financial aid consideration and information, please visit Financing Options

+ - Accounting Ambassadors

Accounting Ambassadors Bio and Contact Information

 

Grace Hull

Contact Grace

My name is Grace Hull and I am an Accelerated MSA student at Chapman. I attended Chapman as an undergraduate, where I received a BS in Finance and a BS in Accounting. I loved my time at Chapman so much that I decided to stay for my graduate degree. During my senior year I was an accepted into the Accelerated MSA program and I was able to take 3 graduate courses while still completing my undergraduate studies. During my time at Chapman I have been involved in The Accounting Society and Delta Delta Delta. I have also had the opportunities to do internships in industry accounting as well as public accounting. Upon graduation I will be starting my career at Ernst & Young LLP in Irvine as an Assurance Associate.

Bryan Castaneda

Contact Bryan


My name is Bryan Castaneda and I am in the MSA program at Chapman University. Before acceptance into Chapman I served eight years in the United Stated Army and deployed a total of three times to both Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. After my military service I attended Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, CA earning a BA in Business Administration and Management. During my time at Chapman I have been involved with the Accounting Society, and Veterans Club. I recently accepted a full-time offer from Deloitte & Touche LLP in Costa Mesa, CA as an Audit Assistant in the Audit & Assurance group. Chapman’s Career Center, the Accounting Society, and the MSA program have been instrumental in assisting me in securing this full-time offer with a “Big Four” firm.
 

Application Deadlines

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Spring
Now accepting applications
 
Fall 
Round 1: November 1
Round 2: February 1
Round 3: May 1
We will continue to accept applications after deadlines have passed on a space-available basis. 

 

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