MS in Accounting

Master of Science in Accounting

MS in accounting

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 Master of Science in Accounting program highlights include:

  • LMU Accounting is ranked #20 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 list of Best Graduate Schools.
  • The 30-unit MSA program may be completed on a full-time basis in as few as nine months (fall and spring) or on a part-time basis (18 to 24 months).
  • Small classes are taught in afternoons and evenings by highly-qualified faculty in a personal learning environment.
  • LMU accounting students are actively recruited by the Big Four, regional and local accounting firms for internships and full-time positions.
  • A limited number of merit-based scholarships are available on a competitive basis for full-time students.
  • The cost of tuition for the MSA program for 2019-2020 is $33,000 ($1,100 per unit).
  • This program complies with the 150-hour California requirement for CPA licensure.


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Internal Audit Case Competition
LMU MS in Accounting Students Win First Place
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  • Program Overview, Tuition & Fees (click to view)

    The Master of Science in Accounting program provides an opportunity for students with an undergraduate degree in accounting to complete their accounting education in a high quality program that will enhance their future professional growth opportunities. The program equips students with the necessary advanced knowledge and skills to be accomplished and ethical accounting professionals and leaders.

    The Master of Science in Accounting is a 30-unit program designed for:

    • Students who are enrolled in, or have completed, an undergraduate degree in accounting and wish to enter a master's program that will comply with the 150-hour California requirement for CPA licensure
    • Students who have not completed an undergraduate degree in accounting, but have met the prerequisites for accounting and business courses


    Tuition and Fees

    • The cost of tuition for the 2019-2020 MSA program is $33,000* ($1,100 per unit).
    • For additional tuition and fee information, please visit the Student Accounts Department.
    • A limited number of merit-based scholarships are available on a competitive basis for full-time students.

    *The university reserves the right to change any fees upon reasonable notice.

  • Curriculum

    Required Core Classes (15 semester hours)

    • ACCT 6110: Financial Reporting - Standard Setting Process and Financial Accounting Theory
    • ACCT 6120: Taxes and Business Strategy
    • ACCT 6130: Accounting Information, Analysis and Evaluation
    • ACCT 6150: Accounting Ethics, Professionalism and the Public Interest*
    • ACCT 6170: Professional Accounting Research

    *LMU accounting students will waive this course (it is currently offered as ACCT 4150 in the undergraduate accounting program). As a result, LMU accounting students must take an additional 3 units of electives.

    Accounting and Taxation Electives (9 semester hours)

    Electives may include: Fraud Examination, Financial Statement Analysis, Valuation, Advanced Accounting Information Systems, Current Issues in Accounting, Accounting Internship, Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders, Taxation of Flow-Through Entities, State and Local Taxation, International Taxation, Estate and Gift Taxation and Planning, and Tax Internship

    Business Electives (6 semester hours)

    Students may select (with permission) any College of Business Administration graduate-level courses beyond the MBA core courses.

    Please see MSA Graduate Bulletin for courses offered and full descriptions.

  • Outcomes

    LMU’s Master of Science in Accounting program prepares graduates for accounting and managerial positions in public accounting, private industry, management consulting, and government and not-for-profit organizations.

    Upon completion of the program, graduates will:

    • Possess the knowledge and skills to apply key accounting concepts in a relevant setting
    • Incorporate ethical reasoning, social responsibility, and sustainability in making business and personal decisions
    • Display critical thinking skills and the ability to integrate relevant concepts
    • Exhibit the ability to communicate effectively
    • Demonstrate effective research skills to appropriately resolve complex accounting, auditing, and taxation issues
  • Campus Recruiting

    Many of the top accounting firms in Los Angeles and across the nation recruit LMU accounting students for internships and full-time positions. A sample of some of the firms that visit the LMU campus include:

    • PwC
    • Deloitte 
    • EY
    • Moss Adams
    • Green Hasson Janks
    • Protiviti
    • KPMG
    • Raimondo Pettit Group
    • CohnReznick
    • Richardson Kontogouris Emerson
    • Armanino
    • Frank, Rimerman + Co.
    • HCVT LLP
    • Stout Risius Ross, Inc.
    • Apercen Partners LLC
    • True Partners Consulting
  • Admission / Application Requirements

    Requirements for the Masters of Science in Accounting and a completed online application for the program consists of the following:

    • Application (Apply online here. Note: You will be redirected to the online application on the graduate programs page.)
    • $50 non-refundable application fee.
    • Completion of 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 grade point average of 3.0 or greater.
    • Official GMAT/GRE scores (TOEFL scores are required for international students.)
      • Note: the GMAT/GRE score is waived for LMU undergraduate accounting majors.
      • Have ETS send your GMAT score to LMU, GMAT Institution Code: MSX-XN-53.
      • You may take the GRE in place of the GMAT. Send the GRE score directly to LMU, GRE Code is 4403.
    • International applicants who attended high school in a foreign country where English was not the primary language must submit a TOEFL score or IELTS score.
      • Exceptions to this rule may be made for students from countries where English is one of several official languages, as well as at the discretion of the program director.
      • Have ETS send your scores to LMU, Institution Code 4403.
    • A minimum of 24 units (semester hours) of accounting subjects, including intermediate accounting, advanced accounting, auditing, accounting information systems, cost accounting and taxation.
    • A minimum of 24 units in business-related subjects, including 6 units of business law.
    • A minimum of 7 units of ethics study; may be completed at LMU (Students who have not completed a course in professional responsibilities must also take ACCT 6150: Accounting Ethics, Professionalism, and the Public Interest).
    • One official sealed copy of all transcripts supplied by all schools you attended. This includes coursework done at community colleges, junior colleges, extension programs, post-secondary schools and other institutions.
    • Personal Statement (1 - 2 pages.)
    • Two academic and/or professional letters of recommendation. (Letters must not be more than a year old since the date they were issued.)
    • Ethical dilemma.

Accounting Faculty

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Spring and fall applications are accepted on a rolling admission basis.

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Terry Wang, Ph.D.
Director, Master of Science in Accounting Program
Loyola Marymount University