MSA Program

Master of Science in Accountancy Program

Cal Poly Pomona’s Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) program is designed to meet the needs of the ever-changing accounting profession, whether in public accounting, corporate accounting, government and not-for-profit accounting or some other areas of practice.

The program provides an integrated curriculum comprised of 31-33 semester units, featuring the sound theoretical, applied, analytical, and interdisciplinary courses that prepare students for a successful career in the profession.  Some of these courses include:

  • Accounting Ethics
  • Assurance and Regulation in Accounting
  • Business Valuation Using Financial Statements
  • Contemporary Accounting Issues
  • Fraud and Forensic Accounting
  • Internal Control and Corporate Governance
  • Management Control in Not-for-Profit Organizations
  • Strategic Tax Planning

MSA faculty are experienced scholars who meet the rigorous academically and professionally qualified standards within the College for AACSB accreditation

Waivable Prerequisites (15 to 18 units.  Primarily for students with non-accounting undergraduate degrees)

Students must earn a “C” or better in each of the following (or their equivalent), with a minimum overall GPA for the prerequisite courses of 3.0.  The waiver decision will be made by the Director or Associate Director of the MSA program.

A. Introduction to Accounting Information Systems

B. Cost Accounting

C. Financial Accounting and Analysis OR Intermediate Accounting I AND II

D. Auditing

E. Taxation of Individuals

The application deadline for Fall 2018 is May 1st. Supporting documents (Transcripts and GMAT Score) are required for both the traditional and accelerated programs and are due by June  1st.

In the General MSA program, students take two or three courses per semester; thus, the entire program may encompass 18 to 24 months.  Semester Schedule

In the Accelerated MSA program, students take up to four courses per semester, enabling completion in a single calendar year. (Students may have the option to take courses at their own pace) [1] Additional information can be found at the College of Extended University's websiteAccelerated Semester Roadmap

Program ObjectivesAlignment MatrixOverall Assessment PlanAssessment Data Collection Timeline

Both programs meet the “accounting study” requirements for CPA licensure in California.

For more information or if you have questions, please email  To apply, please visit Cal State Apply. 

[1]. Students who do not have an Accounting undergraduate degree may be required to complete a set of pre-requisite courses.