Master of Science in Accounting (MS)

The Dominican University of California Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) provides students with in-demand analytics, critical thinking, and communication skills to succeed professionally in both accounting and business. The MS in Accounting meets the 150-hour California educational CPA requirement and can be completed in just 12 months. 

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The Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) is a 12-month intensive program for recent graduates and working professionals who are interested in a career change or acquiring new skills in accounting with a focus on accounting analytics. The goal of this program is to equip graduates to prepare for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam.

The MS in Accounting curriculum aligns with the industry’s rapidly evolving needs, balancing the new demand for accounting analytics skills with traditional accounting.

MS Accounting Program Highlights

The MS in Accounting program is a flexible hybrid program designed to meet the needs of busy working professionals. Students will graduate with the expertise to apply accounting principles at the decision-making level.

  • Includes data analytics: The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) has added data analytics to the CPA exam in 2019. Set apart from other business schools, Dominican University of California’s MS Accounting program emphasizes a focus on analytics and prepares our students for success as a CPA.
  • 12-month program: Students can complete the program within 12 months at a highly competitive tuition rate. Scholarship opportunities are available. 
  • Hybrid format: Students take classes during the evenings and weekends, as well as online, so they can continue their professional work-life during the day.
  • Data visualization: Learn data visualization techniques to communicate accounting data effectively to accounting professionals as well as non-accountants.
  • CPA exam preparation: Demonstrate skills necessary to take the CPA exam.
  • GRE or GMAT: Not required.
Application Deadlines Tuition Rate Per Unit Number of Units Format and Length
Fall: July 1
 
$830

View Tuition and Financial Aid Information for details.
36 Units
 
Hybrid
(online and in-person)

12 Months
Contact Us. Reach out to an Admissions counselor by phone (415) 485-3280 or email deepa.raghupathy@dominican.edu.

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Paying for Your Masters in Accounting

Learn about tuition per unit, additional fees and total tuition.

We'll also show you how a Dominican education is more affordable than you might think with support from financial aid, scholarships and loans. 

Tuition and Aid

How to Apply to Graduate School

A Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from a regionally accredited institution of higher education is required to apply to our graduate programs.

  1. Completed Application — Apply now!
    (Please note — admission to the program is limited.)
  2. Official Transcript(s)
    Official transcript of coursework from each college or university attended (undergraduate and graduate). Transcripts must be sent directly in a sealed envelope from the college or university.

    Send to: 
    Dominican University of California
    c/o Graduate Admissions
    50 Acacia Ave. 
    San Rafael, 94901
  3. GPA of 3.0
    A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above in graded graduate course work. Or, one of the following:
    • GPA of 2.7 or above for the last 60 units of graded undergraduate course work     
    • GPA of 2.3-2.69 for the last 60 units of graded undergraduate coursework AND one of the following:  
      • GMAT score of 560 or GRE score of 162 quantitative and 144 verbal reasoning
      • Minimum of three years of professional work experience
  4. Resume
  5. Statement of Purpose/Intent
    A one-page essay describing professional and/or personal goals and reasons for obtaining the above graduate degree
  6. One Letter of Recommendation
    Academic or professional, on letterhead.
  7. International Applicants
    International candidates must meet additional admissions requirements.

The MSBA is a full-time program, with cohorts beginning each fall. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible. 

If an application deadline falls on a weekend and/or holiday, applications will be accepted through the end of the next business day.

Fall Deadline July 1

MSA Classes, Format and Career Paths

The Masters in Accounting allows students to take classes during the evenings and weekends, as well as online to support working professionals. 

Format: 12-month program. Six terms (two courses per term).
Delivery: Hybrid

Schedule:

  • Synchronous Zoom sessions, twice per week (2 hours, 40 min each).
  • On-campus classes every other Saturday.

 

Graduates who earn an MS in Accounting can gain a competitive advantage in roles such as Auditor, Actuary, Tax Examiner, Revenue Agent, Tax Analyst, Financial Analyst, Credit Analyst, and of course, Accountants, including Public Accountant, Management Accountant, Forensic Accountant.

CPA applicants must complete 150 units, including 24 units of accounting-related subjects. The Dominican MS in Accounting program is considered CPA-track by meeting the 24-unit accounting and 150-unit total requirements.

First Term: August-October

Intermediate Financial Accounting I (Can be waived with prior background)
Intermediate Accounting provides an in-depth study of the conceptual framework of accounting as it relates to recording, reporting, and disclosing financial information on the Balance Sheet, Income Statement, and Cash Flow Statement. Intermediate Financial Accounting I has a focus on the assets.

Business Law, Ethics and CSR in Financial Reporting
This course will introduce the student to ethical theories and value systems as they relate to the accounting field. Students will apply these perspectives to moral issues, problems, and situations which arise within the business environment. Emphasis will be placed on how business laws, pertaining to the accounting profession, are interpreted and applied.

Second Term: November-December

Intermediate Financial Accounting II (Can be waived with prior background)
This course focuses on the application of GAAP on liabilities, leases, pensions, shareholder’s equity, revenue, expenses, and income.

Accounting Analytics And Visualization
This course explores the world of accounting through a data analytics lens. It uses analytics
techniques and data visualization to understand budgeting, cost control, decision making,
and financial analysis. Students will learn to use accounting analytics tools hands-on.

Third Term: January-February

Advanced Managerial Accounting
This course focuses on formulating, evaluating, and interpreting accounting information for
managerial decision making. The strategic role of managerial accounting is to serve as a tool for business strategy, implementation, and performance evaluation. The role of the accountant as both data provider and decision-maker is considered.

Financial Statement Analytics
In addition to exposing students to the traditional financial statement analysis tools, this course will teach students how to use analytics to visualize financial statement data, display them more intuitively, and find the composition, progress, and trend in a company’s development. Because of the power of data analytics, students will learn how to extend such analysis to an industry, a market, or an even broader scope, by using a large number of companies’ financial statements.

Fourth Term: March-April

Federal Taxation of Business Entities
This course provides an introduction to the U.S. federal income taxation of corporations and their shareholders. It compares taxation of C corporations, Limited Liability Companies, and partnerships. Students will also learn statutory interpretation and consider policy issues that affect how the taxation of businesses is structured and enforced under the Internal Revenue Code.

Auditing Analytics and Risk Management
The focus of this course is to apply data analytics to auditing and risk management for increased quality and efficiency while reducing cost. This new insight-driven audit course covers both internal audit and the assurance service. For a hands-on experience, this course will use software such as IEDA.

Fifth Term: May-June

Forensic Accounting and Analytics for Fraud Detection
Forensic analytics combines data analytics with forensic accounting and investigative techniques to identify potential fraud and rare events of consequence, to meet growing regulatory and customer demands for fraud mitigation. In addition to the theory and regulations, this course employs modeling and analytics tools to reveal signals of emerging risks.

Advanced and International Accounting
This course covers business combinations and diversified companies, consolidations of financial statements, segments, and foreign currency transactions. It is also designed to prepare students to analyze and interpret financial statements in a global setting.

Sixth Term: July-August

Government and Not-for-Profit Accounting
This course is a study of the specialized accounting principles applicable to state and local governments and other non-profit organizations, with an emphasis on fund accounting principles used in the recording of assets, liabilities, equity, revenues, and expenditures.

Practicum
The practicum is the culminating experience of the program. It involves applying the tools and concepts learned in the MSA program to real-world problems. Students will work with a local business or a public firm to apply their accounting and accounting analytics skills.

Faculty and Staff

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Yung-Jae Lee, PhD

Dean, Barowsky School of Business
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Aslihan G. Korkmaz, DBA

Assistant Professor of Finance
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Courtney Budesa

Director of Internships and Professional Development Integrative Coach
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Daniel Cassidy

Assistant Dean for Academic Programs and External Relations

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