About the Department
The Bachelor of Science in Accountancy (BSA) degree prepares students with the competencies, skills and knowledge necessary in the accountancy profession. Students complete a rigorous program in accounting that develops their technical proficiency; ethical leadership; professional responsibilities; communication; and critical-thinking, interpersonal and technological skills.
The Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAcc) prepares students to launch a career in accountancy and to succeed on the CPA exam. This graduate degree is designed for applicants with non-accounting undergraduate degrees and can be completed within one year as part of the full-time cohort or two years as part of the part-time cohort.
The Master of Science in Taxation (MST) prepares students to become professional tax advisers and consultants in both the private and public sectors. Students complete a rigorous program in taxation that develops their written communication and tax planning, as well as tax research and critical-thinking skills.
Academic advisement helps students meet their academic goals and graduate in a timely manner. Students in the Nazarian College of Business and Economics receive targeted advisement support based on their academic level. Freshmen are advised by the Matador Advising Hub during their first year and then transition to college-level advisement. The Nazarian College Student Services Center/EOP Satellite provides advisement for continuing lower division Nazarian College majors and new transfer students, as they prepare to enroll in upper division major coursework. Additionally, Nazarian College SSC/EOP provides specialized support and retention services for students admitted to the Educational Opportunity Program. Upper Division students who are currently enrolled in or have completed BUS 302/L are advised by their major’s designated Nazarian College Upper Division Mentors.
For students in the Master of Professional Accounting program, advisement materials are available from the MPAcc program website and the Department of Accounting office in Bookstein Hall (BB) 3123, (818) 677-2461.
For students in the Master of Science in Taxation program, advisement materials are available from the MST program website and the program advisement office in Bookstein Hall (BB) 3123, (818) 677-5488.
Ernst & Young Center for Careers in Accounting and Information Systems
The Ernst & Young Center for Careers in Accounting and Information Systems at California State University, Northridge, provides specialized career and job search services to CSUN students and alumni. As a bridge from college life to the world of work, it is our mission to support the exploration of career and academic options, and the development of job search skills, and to facilitate connections between employers and students that lead to successful and satisfying futures. All BSA, BSIS, MPAcc and MST students are encouraged to use the Ernst & Young Center for Careers.
The field of accounting is dynamic and constantly evolving to meet the needs of a global marketplace. The accounting program provides students with excellent career opportunities in all areas of the accounting field, such as financial reporting, audit, tax, consulting, management and forensic accounting, with public accounting firms, private industry, governments and nonprofit organizations.
The BSA program provides the foundation required to go on to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). The field of accounting has one of the highest demands for new graduates of any area in today’s market, and the salary scale depends on work experience, sector, industry and educational background, including professional designation.
The MPAcc program helps graduates meet California’s 150-hour requirement for CPA licensure. In addition, the program prepares graduates to pursue a variety of accounting career options, including public accounting, private industry, government and nonprofit.
The field of taxation offers stimulating and challenging work that is constantly evolving. Career opportunities exist in public accounting, private industry, government, not-for-profit institutions and other business-related organizations. In 2020, the median annual earnings of tax practitioners in public accounting firms for individuals with one to three years of experience was $59,500. Individuals with master’s degrees typically earn up to 10 percent more.
The David Nazarian College of Business and Economics is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Only 5 percent of business schools worldwide have achieved AACSB International accreditation.
The Business Honors Program is open to students who are declared majors in Accountancy, Economics, Information Systems, or Business Administration with an option in either Business Analytics, Business Law, Financial Analysis, Financial Planning, Global Supply Chain Management, Management, Marketing, Real Estate, Risk Management and Insurance, or Systems and Operations Management, who meet all Business Honors Program admissions criteria. Students who apply and are selected for admission to the program are offered a variety of benefits; for example, priority registration, mentorship and networking opportunities, a dedicated workspace, specialized academic advisement, smaller class sizes and cohort coursework. Students who fulfill all Business Honors Program requirements will receive the Business Honors option designation on their transcript in addition to their primary degree. For more information, call (818) 677-3100 or visit the Business Honors Program website.
Department of Accounting
Chair: Rishma Vedd
Bookstein Hall (BB) 3123
Master of Professional Accountancy
Director: Rafael Efrat
Bookstein Hall (BB) 3123
Master of Science in Taxation
Bookstein Chair in Taxation: Rafael Efrat
Bookstein Hall (BB) 3123
Ernst & Young Center for Careers
Director: Stuart Fried
Bookstein Hall (BB) 2224