Facebook Pixel Masters of Science in Accounting | Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) | Fowler College of Business | SDSU
Masters of Science in Accountancy

Masters of Science in Accountancy

MSA: Overview

The SDSU Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) program prepares students to meet the challenges and demands of careers in professional accountancy.


  • The flexible 30 unit curriculum can be completed in 12-18 months
  • Over 40 top employers including the Big 4 actively recruit on campus
  • Strong CPA Exam pass rate performance (71% in 2017)
  • High ROI (low tuition cost) relative to comparable programs
  • Convenient scheduling with most classes starting at or after 4pm
  • Three specializations: Accounting Information Systems, Financial Reporting, and Taxation

See the 2018 Highlights Report for additonal information


The MS in Accountancy allows students to deeply explore accounting practice areas of their professional interest. Students can pursue one of the three MSA Specializations (Accounting Information Systems; Financial Reporting;Taxation) or select a customized set of courses to meet specific professional needs and goals. Small class sizes enable students to connect with faculty and draw on the resources of the Charles W. Lamden School of Accountancy community.


The MS in Accountancy curriculum meets the accounting education requirements for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam in California.

The flexible curriculum can also be customized to prepare students for other professional certification exams including Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), and Enrolled Agent (EA).


MS in Accountancy courses cover a broad range of subjects and help students develop practice relevant knowledge and skills, including communication, team decision making, problem solving, and research. In addition, students learn valuable leadership skills through participation in student organizations, team competitions, and service-learning activities.


SDSU teaches essential skills of accounting practice and holds students to high standards of performance, ethics, and professionalism.


Exceptional students will be invited to apply for MSA program scholarships. The Charles W. Lamden School of Accountancy is dedicated to enrolling outstanding students for the Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) program. Competitive scholarships, based on prior academic performance and potential to succeed in the accounting profession, are provided to attract exceptional new students into the MSA program. Select students are invited to apply for these scholarships upon admission to the MS in Accountancy program.