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Argyros School of Business and Economics

» Master of Science in Accounting

The M.S. in Accounting (MSA) program is designed to assist graduates in preparing for the California CPA exam and earning credits that are necessary for CPA licensure, while obtaining a 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 in the evenings: Monday - Thursday
  • 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 Society, Graduate 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.

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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)
    • Please contact Jim Dusserre (dusserre@chapman.edu) for information about receiving a GMAT/GRE waiver
  • 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


  • Economic Analysis for Business
  • Accounting for Investments
  • Accounting Elective
  • Accounting or Business Elective
  • Accounting or Business Elective


  • Professional Ethics and Responsibilities


  • Non-Profit/Government Accounting
  • Business Analytics
  • Accounting Elective
  • Accounting or Business Elective


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

Argyros Ambassadors

Bryan Castaneda

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 States 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.

Contact Bryan

Angelo Giambrone

Angelo Giambrone is a second-year MSA student hailing from Orange County, California. Earning his undergraduate degree in Business Economics from California State University Long Beach. Angelo then proceeded to work at Hertz to gain account management and sales experience. He later moved on to the auto finance industry at CIG Financial to get his initial exposure to accounting and his interest for it. Coming this summer, he is excited to start his new career at PwC. As an MSA Ambassador, Angelo looks forward to getting prospective students as excited as he is about the MSA program.

Contact Angelo

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