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Accountancy, Master of Science

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College of Business and Economics


Degree Program

Mission Statement

The Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) is a one-year program designed to prepare students for successful careers in the field of accounting. Our students complete a rigorous program that develops their technical knowledge, ethical decision making ability, communication competence and research and critical-thinking skills. Students specialize in either Professional Accountancy or Information Systems.

Academic Advisement

Advisement materials are available from our website (www.csun.edu/msacct) and the Department of Accounting and Information Systems office in JH 3123, (818) 677-2461.


The field of accounting is dynamic and constantly evolving to meet the needs of a global marketplace. Career opportunities in auditing, advisory services and financial reporting exist in public accounting, private industry, government, not-for-profit institutions and other business-related organizations. In 2012, corporate accountants, with one to three years of work experience, earned $38,000–$57,250 annually; accountants in public practice, with the same experience, earned considerably more ($49,000–$69,250). Factors such as a graduate degree in accountancy or a CPA license can boost salaries another 5 to 10 percent. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “employment of accountants and auditors is expected to grow by 22 percent between 2008 and 2018, which is much faster than the average for all occupations.”

Program Candidates

  1. 1. Students currently enrolled in the CSUN undergraduate B.S. in Accountancy program who need to comply with the 150-semester unit requirement for CPA licensure.
  2. 2. Students who already have an accounting degree from another university but have not yet taken the CPA exam and need to comply with the 150-semester unit requirement.
  3. 3 Other students who have already completed a degree in accounting and wish to earn a master’s degree in accountancy and who wish to either work in industry or eventually enroll in a Ph.D. program.