Program Overview

The Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) program is designed for individuals who are looking to obtain a CPA license or increase their professional growth opportunities. The objective of the program is to provide students with the technical knowledge as well as the analytical thinking and communication skills required for leadership positions in public and corporate accounting, management consulting, government, and not-for-profit organizations. The MSA core curriculum covers accounting research and communication, financial accounting theory, advanced auditing topics, tax strategies, and accounting data analytics. Students may choose to take elective courses that develop additional depth and expertise in taxation or data analytics.

When combined with program prerequisites, the MSA program complies with the 150-hour California requirement for CPA licensure. The program has made no determination as to whether meeting California’s licensure requirements is sufficient for licensure in other states.

Graduate Program Policies

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Program Prerequisites

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution or the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree from a foreign institution.
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • A minimum of 18 semester hours of accounting subjects which must include:
    • Financial accounting
    • Cost or managerial accounting
    • Accounting or management information systems1
    • Intermediate accounting1
    • Taxation1
    • Auditing1
  • A minimum of 24 semester hours in business related subjects as specified in the Educational Requirements for CPA Licensure by the California Board of Accountancy
  • A minimum of seven semester hours of ethics study as specified in the Educational Requirements for CPA Licensure by the California Board of Accountancy1

May be completed at LMU as additional semester hours required for the MSA program.

4+1 Master of Science in Accounting Program for LMU Students


The 4+1 Master of Science in Accounting (4+1 MSA) program is designed for LMU undergraduate students who wish to complete the M.S.A. degree immediately after completing their bachelor’s degree. This will allow students to meet the 150-hour California requirement for CPA licensure while earning a bachelor’s degree and an M.S.A. in Accounting. Students admitted to the 4+1 MSA program may take two MSA courses (6 semester hours) in their senior year (included in undergraduate tuition) that will count toward both the bachelor’s degree and the MSA in Accounting.

Accepted students should contact the academic director for advice for scheduling classes in their senior year and beyond. All majors are eligible for the 4+1 MSA program and should consult with the academic director to determine undergraduate courses needed for application.

Admission Criteria for the 4+1 Master of Science in Accounting Program for LMU Students

LMU undergraduate students with the appropriate prerequisite coursework may apply to the 4+1 M.S.A. program after they reach junior standing and have completed 75 semester hours or more of undergraduate coursework. An undergraduate GPA of 3.2 or higher is strongly preferred.