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Master of Science in Accountancy Online Admission Requirements

Admission to the MSA program


The Online MS in Accountancy Program bears the following course prerequisites. Applicants must demonstrate completion of these CSUSB prerequisite courses or their equivalents:

ACCT 2110            Introductory Accounting I            

ACCT 2120           Introductory Accounting II           

ACCT 3470           Management Accounting and Ethics in Business

ACCT 3720           Intermediate Accounting I           

ACCT 3730           Intermediate Accounting II         

ACCT 4260           Introduction to Taxation              

ACCT 4400           Financial Statement Auditing (NOTE: This course has a prerequisite:

                               ACCT 3150: Accounting Information Systems and Ethics in Business)                                                   

MGMT 2300          Legal Environment of Organizations

MGMT 3500          Applied Communication (or equivalent)

Students who received their Undergraduate degree elsewhere may submit a list of completed courses that includes course number and description and grade received, and school where taken. The Program Director will evaluate applicant prerequisites and determine if any are not yet met. CSUSB has several opportunities for student to complete prerequisites, including the 100% Accounting Certificate Program, Open University, and Summer Session. The Online MSA Student Advisor will assist with the prerequisites process. 

Program Admission Requirements

In addition to the general requirements of the university, specific requirements for admission to classified graduate status are:

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university;
  • Business Aptitude Requirement: Applicants for the MSA must meet one of the following Business Aptitude Requirements:
    1. Submission of an acceptable score on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) as determined by the department. The current minimum acceptable GMAT score is 470 (with a minimum of 10% on both the GMAT Verbal and Quantitative percentile rankings). The current minimum acceptable GRE score of 298 (minimum 10% on GRE Verbal Ability and Quantitative Ability percentile rankings); or

    2. Proof of completion of a degree from an AACSB accredited college or university or Online Accounting Certificate Program (at CSUSB) with a minimum GPA of 3.2; or

    3. Upon meeting other GMAT or GRE waiver criteria as set by the department

  • Completion of the graduate entrance writing requirement;
  • Academic motivation and personal qualification demonstrated through submission of a 200-250 word statement of reasons for wishing to pursue the M.S. degree in Accountancy at California State University, San Bernardino, and personal qualifications that will contribute to successful completion of the program;

If you have questions about admission criteria or your specific situation, contact the Online MSA Student Advisor.

Email Online MSA Student Advisor

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