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Argyros School of Business and Economics

» 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 or 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, South America or Prague
  • 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 
  • 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. 



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

The cost per credit for the 2018-2019 academic year is $1,405. Please refer to the Student Business Services for more 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

Application Deadlines


Now accepting applications
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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MS in Accounting Brochure

Download our brochure (PDF) to learn more about our M.S. in Accounting program.