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Master of Science in Accountancy Online

Welcome to the Online Master of Science in Accountancy Program!

The College of Extended and Global Education (CEGE) has partnered with the Jack H. Brown College of Business and Public Administration (JHBCBPA) to bring you this outstanding, 100% online option for your post-graduate education and career development.

A rigorous curriculum taught by top notch faculty prepares you to build your Accountancy career. A full scope of topics prepares students for a wide range of employment opportunities in the public accounting, finance, government and non-profit organizations, and to sit for the CPA exam. The field of Accounting is growing. A graduate degree prepares students to become leaders with high professional standards and to pursue professional certifications. 

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Program Features

Our Online Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) offers:

  • 100% online program
  • accelerated six-week classes
  • balance work/home/school with a schedule-friendly format 
  • fall, spring and summer semesters get students through the program in one year, with a flex-track option to extend the program
  • collaborative learning environment supports student engagement
  • cohort structure and many opportunities for student involvement 


In addition to the admission requirements, to be eligible for the Online MSA students must have completed prerequisite accounting courses. You can find the prerequisite courses on the Online MSA Program Admission Requirements page (blue button at right) or the CSUSB Bulletin. Most of the prerequisites are offered through our Accounting Certificate Program.  An upper-division writing course is also required and may be met during the first semester. Learn more about the 5-month, accelerated 100% Online Accounting Certificate program.

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MS in Accountancy Programs Information Sessions:

The Accounting & Finance Department holds MS in Accountancy information sessions throughout Fall and Spring semesters. Click the blue box below for Fall 2022 info session dates and Zoom link.

Fall 2022 MSA Online info sessions flyer with dates

CSUSB's Office of Graduate Studies offers regular application workshops and other resources to assist you with the application process. Check out the upcoming schedule here.

How does the program work?

Through a partnership between JHBCBPA and CEGE, the Online MSA program has a unique course schedule and administrative structure. Each semester, the program offers two, 6-week sessions during which students take 2 courses. Students take two, 5-week classes in Summer session 1, and complete a Final Project course during the Summer Session 2. This accelerated schedule and online format get you in, through and ready for your next career landing. Students may journey through the program with their cohort or take session breaks as their home and work schedules demand .

Classes are online and asynchronous. Any scheduled (but still virtual) meetings offered by instructors are recorded so students who cannot attend still receive the content. Instructors post their course syllabus, assignments, exams and course news in the learning management platform (Canvas). Good time management is essential for success as students fit their study time around their work and home schedules.

A culminating experience course and comprehensive exam permit students to demonstrate what they have learned. Faculty encourage students to prepare for and take the first section of the CPA exam at or near the end of the MSA program. 

What Comes Next?

Information for students about Financial Aid, University Policies, Program Administrative Policies and more can be found on webpages linked at the right. For questions about the program or any of the specific details please feel free to contact us! Click the title bars to email us, or click one of the Schedule an Appointment bar

Contact us for more information, or with questions about the application process, how registration works, program cost, and more.

Email the Online MSA Student Advisor