Master of Science in

Accounting

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The Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) program stands out at the state and national level because of its in-depth concentrations in financial accounting and reporting, forensic accounting, internal auditing, and management accounting. Students learn real-world skills from faculty who work in government, private industry, and public accounting — including the prestigious Big Four firms. GGU's ties to the accounting community in San Francisco's Financial District go back more than 100 years, and have created a natural pipeline from the classroom to the workplace.

The Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) is intended to meet the needs of those who have studied accounting and wish to further develop their expertise. For many students, the MSA will satisfy the 150-hour education requirement to become a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Students have the opportunity to customize their degrees by choosing electives from an extensive list of accounting, tax and business courses. Students also have the option to complete the MSA degree with a concentration in financial accounting & reporting (FAR), forensic accounting, internal auditing, or management accounting.

Eligible students may earn up to six units of electives through an internship for approved, real-world experience acquired during their degree program.

The Master of Science in Accounting can be obtained in person through our evening program in San Francisco and / or online. The evening and online formats allows students to earn their degrees at their own pace.

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TOTAL UNITS — 30

CORE COURSES — 18 UNITS

ACCTG 300
Accounting Research & Communication
ACCTG 302
Accountants Professional Responsibility & Ethics
ACCTG 305
Topics in Financial Accounting
ACCTG 312
Internal Controls Over Financial Reporting
ACCTG 351B
Advanced Studies in Business Law
ACCTG 351C
Communication & Analysis of Financial Information

CONCENTRATIONS

  • Financial Accounting & Reporting Concentration
  • Forensic Accounting Concentration
  • Internal Auditing
  • Management Accounting
  • Taxation Concentration

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ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

The Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) program requires 30 units of graduate coursework.

International students (F and J visa holders) admitted to the MSA program at Golden Gate University will be required to take a gateway course on academic readiness and accounting-course support in their first trimester. This requirement will be waived only by the school at file review.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Graduates of the master of science in accounting program will:
  • be able to identify accounting issues, research and effectively communicate the results orally and in writing.
  • have a defined body of knowledge of essential accounting principles and doctrines, including but not limited to the following, and be able to critically apply these principles to practical situations and to adapt to changing work environments: revenue recognition; IFRS; auditing; internal controls; control environment; materiality; ethics, both practical implementation and professional responsibility; and fraud.
  • be prepared to be effective accounting decision makers in an increasingly international business environment.
  • have an understanding of the business, legal, professional, and ethical context for a career as a professional accountant, including the ability to identify and appropriately act when ethical dilemmas are encountered in the activities of a professional accountant.
  • have experience and skill in accomplishing objectives by collaboration.

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