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San Diego State University

Fowler College of
Business Administration

Master of Science in Accountancy

Thomas Katsadouros speaks to SDSU students at the Athens Chamber of Commerce

Welcome to the MSA Program

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


  • The flexible MSA curriculum can be completed in 12-18 months (30 credits).
  • Fits your schedule: most classes start at or after 4pm.
  • SDSU MSA students have the 3rd highest CPA pass rate in California in 2015.
  • Over 40 top employers including the Big 4 actively recruit MSA students.
  • High ROI - Tuition from $18,567 for the entire program.
  • Specializations available in Accounting Information Systems; Financial Reporting; Taxation.


The MSA 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 MSA curriculum meets the accounting education requirements for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam in California. SDSU MSA students have the 3rd highest pass rate in California in 2015.

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).


MSA 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 MSA program.

Office Location


Phone: (619) 594-8073

Office Hours

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday:
    9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Wednesday:
    10:00am – 6:00pm

Mailing Address

SDSU Master of Science in Accountancy
SDSU College of Business
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-8221

Download Graduate Brochure

Visit the BMACC web page for information about the BS/MS 4+1 Degree Program (BMACC)

AACSB accredited

The Charles W. Lamden School of Accountancy is fully accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. In 1982, The School was the first accredited accounting program in the state of California.