Advancement to Candidacy

Master of Science in Accountancy

To be advanced to candidacy, a student must have

  1. Achieved classified standing;
  2. Completed at least 16 quarter units of applicable graduate-level course work at the university, with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 ("B");
  3. Completed an approved graduate program plan in consultation with the MSA Coordinator or department chair after achieving conditionally classified or classified status.

Requirements for Graduation

  1. A minimum of 45 quarter units of acceptable graduate-level work, consistent with the program plan (with a grade point average of 3.0), with at least 32 units completed at the university;
  2. At least 24 quarter units of 600-level course work;
  3. At least 20 quarter units of credit taken after advancement to candidacy for the degree;
  4. Successful completion of the required core courses and an elective option as outlined in the curriculum section;
  5. A grade point average of 3.0 ("B") or better in all course work taken after admission to conditionally classified or classified status, and grades of 2.0 ("C") or better in all courses in the program;
  6. After advancement to candidacy, students must complete one of the following:
    1. ACCT 998. Comprehensive Project (0)

      In consultation with a faculty advisor, completion and defense of a written project before a committee of graduate faculty.

    2. ACCT 999. Comprehensive Examination (0)
    3. Successful completion of a comprehensive examination any fall, winter or spring term after advancement to candidacy.

    Students will not be allowed to do the project or take the comprehensive examination if their grade point average is below 3.0 ("B");

  7. The graduation writing requirement is met upon successful completion of the culminating experience;
  8. Any additional general requirements not cited above and listed on Page 368.

    A "No credit" (NC) designation will be entered on the student's transcript if they fail the culminating experience requirement. Students who do not receive a passing grade on the culminating experience requirement on the first attempt must petition the MSA Coordinator or department chair for permission to retake the culminating experience requirement. Only students who are in classified status, have been advanced to candidacy, have obtained approval of the MSA Coordinator or department chair, and are not on probation may retake the culminating experience requirement.

Master of Science in Accountancy (3:2 Program option)

To be advanced to candidacy, a student must have

  1. Achieved classified standing;
  2. Completed at least 16 quarter units of applicable graduate-level course work at the university, with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 ("B");
  3. Completed an approved graduate program plan in consultation with the MSA coordinator or the department chair after achieving conditionally classified or classified status.

Requirements for Graduation

  1. A minimum of 45 quarter units of acceptable graduate-level work, consistent with the program plan (with a grade point average of 3.0), with at least 32 units completed at the university;
  2. At least 24 quarter units of 600-level course work;
  3. At least 20 quarter units of credit taken after advancement to candidacy for the degree;
  4. Successful completion of the required core courses and an elective option as outlined in the curriculum section;
  5. A grade point average of 3.0 ("B") or better in all course work taken after admission to conditionally classified or classified status, and grades of 2.0 ("C") or better in all courses in the program;
  6. After advancement to candidacy, students must complete one of the following:
    1. ACCT 998. Comprehensive Project (0)

      In consultation with a faculty advisor, completion and defense of a written project before a committee of graduate faculty.

    2. ACCT 999. Comprehensive Examination (0)
    3. Successful completion of a comprehensive examination any fall, winter or spring term after advancement to candidacy.

    Students will not be allowed to do the project or take the comprehensive examination if their grade point average is below 3.0 ("B");

  7. The graduation writing requirement is met upon successful completion of the culminating experience;
  8. Any additional general requirements not cited above and listed on Page 368.

    A "No credit" (NC) designation will be entered on the student's transcript if they fail the culminating experience requirement. Students who do not receive a passing grade on the culminating experience requirement on the first attempt must petition the MSA Coordinator or department chair for permission to retake the culminating experience requirement. Only students who are in classified status, have been advanced to candidacy, have obtained approval of the MSA Coordinator or department chair, and are not on probation may retake the culminating experience requirement.

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