BS/MS in Accounting (BMACC) Degree

Frequently Asked Questions

The BMACC program allows for the joint completion of the BSBA and MS in Accountancy (MSA) degrees in 150 units.
The BMACC program provides students greater flexibility and more elective courses in achieving the total 150 units required for both degrees. For example, a traditional MSA student needs an additional 30 units of graduate-level courses to obtain a MSA degree. For a BMACC student who has taken ACCTG 501, 505 and 522 in fulfillment of the BSBA in Accountancy degree requirements , only an additional 21 units of graduate-level courses are needed to be completed to obtain the MSA degree (provided that the student has also earned at least 150 total units).

There are two academic application periods available for students to apply: fall, with a deadline of October 15th (Commencing 2016), and spring, with a deadline of March 15th (Commencing 2016 and if either date of the 15th falls on a weekend, applicants have until the following Monday to apply).

Applicants can apply at various stages in their upper division program of study. The earliest a student is eligible to apply for the BMACC program is after completing with a minimum average GPA of 3.0, ACCTG 331 and one other course selected from ACCTG 332, 333, 334, 431 and 432. If a student applies for the BMACC program after taking ACCTG 331 and more than one other upper-division core Accountancy course, the student must have a minimum average GPA of 3.0 in all upper-division core Accountancy courses completed by the application date.

Yes. The additional requirements to apply to the BMACC are that the student must have:

  • Obtained at least a 530 overall score and a verbal score no lower than in the 30th percentile on the GMAT.
  • Achieved a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, minimum SDSU GPA of 3.0, and minimum upper- division GPA of 3.0.
Forms for application to the BMACC can be obtained from the Business Advising Center (EBA 448). When the form is completed, it should be returned directly to the Business Advising Center for processing.
The MSA Admissions Committee makes final admission decisions.
Yes, students who have satisfied the BSBA in Accountancy’s degree graduation requirements will be able to walk at the Commencement and their names will be included in the Program. Students will not receive their official BSBA diploma, however, until they graduate from the BMACC program.
Students are classified as undergraduates until they have earned 120 units towards the completion of the BMACC. Once 120 units have been earned toward the two degrees, the student will be classified as a graduate student for purposes of registration fees, professional graduate business fees, and financial aid.
BMACC students are required to pay the professional graduate business fee of $254 per unit for any courses taken towards the completion of the BMACC program after they have achieved graduate status (i.e., the completion of 120 units). Due to the double counting allowed in the BMACC program, the professional graduate business fee is not applied to more than 24 units of a student’s overall program (a traditional MSA student would have the fee applied to at least 30 units). Further, if a BMACC student has taken three 500-level accounting elective courses, then the professional graduate business fee is applied only to a maximum of 21 units taken in a BMACC student’s overall program.
Even though the BMACC allows double counting and the potential to apply up to three courses taken as undergraduates towards completion of the MSA requirements, BMACC students still need at least 150 units to graduate from the BMACC program.
If a student has satisfied all undergraduate degree requirements, the student will be able to graduate only with a BSBA.
Yes. BMACC students must be sure that they graduate with at least 150 total units to meet the professional certification requirements for a California CPA.
BMACC students are eligible to sit for the CPA exam once they have satisfied all of their undergraduate bachelor’s degree requirements. The State of California requires, however, that for a BMACC student to sit for the California CPA exam, the student must provide a letter from the University stating that the student has satisfied all of their bachelor’s degree requirements, and would be receiving their bachelor’s degree if it were not for their enrollment in this 4+1 program. We will provide this letter and have it sent to the California Board of Accountancy Examination Unit upon request from the student.
Yes. The purpose of offering scholarships is to recruit qualified students into the BMACC program. We invite applicants to apply for the scholarships only after the applicants are offered admission to the BMACC program. Scholarship awards generally range from $5,000 to $8,000. In addition, early applicants will be given preferred consideration over later applicant students. You are welcome to indicate your interest in applying for the scholarship by checking the scholarship box on the BMACC application form.