MS in accounting

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Program Highlights

  • LMU Accounting ranks #20 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 list of Best Graduate Schools.
  • This 30-unit program may be completed on a full-time basis in as few as nine months or on a part-time basis averaging 18 to 36 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.
  • The cost of tuition for this program for 2019-2020 is $33,000 ($1,100 per unit).
  • When combined with program prerequisites, this program complies with the 150-hour California requirement for CPA licensure*.

* The LMU M.S. in Accounting program has made no determination as to whether meeting California’s licensure requirements is sufficient for licensure in other states. If you wish to become licensed in a state other than California, you will need to check with the Board of Accountancy in the state, as licensure requirements differ.

Course Delivery for Fall 2020

The MSA Program will be delivered using an online synchronous modality for fall 2020. Online synchronous means all instruction will be delivered online; most of the course will be delivered live during the scheduled class time. Office hours and meetings by appointment will also be synchronous. Please contact our graduate programs office at with any questions.

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  • The high-quality 30-unit Master of Science in Accounting program is designed for individuals who are looking to obtain a CPA license or increase their professional growth opportunities.

    The program equips students with the necessary advanced knowledge and skills to be accomplished and ethical accounting professionals and leaders in public accounting, private industry, management consulting, government and not-for-profit organizations. When combined with program prerequisites, this program complies with the 150-hour California requirement for CPA licensure.

    Tuition and Fees

    The cost of tuition for the 2019-2020 M.S. in Accounting program is $33,000* ($1,100 per unit). For additional tuition and fee information, please visit the Student Accounts Department.

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


    All applicants are automatically considered for merit scholarships. Excellent academic records, high test scores and strong letters of recommendation can improve candidates’ chances of receiving a scholarship award.

  • 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 6160: Advanced Auditing
    • ACCT 6170: Professional Accounting Research

    Electives (15 semester hours)

    • Accounting Ethics, Professionalism and the Public Interest*
    • Advanced Accounting Topics
    • Accounting and Finance Concepts for Strategic Planning
    • The CFO Perspective
    • Fraud Examination
    • Income Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders
    • Flow-Through Entities
    • International Taxation
    • Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation
    • Financial Markets
    • Mergers and Acquisitions
    • Data, Models, and Decision for Analytics
    • Programming for Data Management
    • Data Management for Business Intelligence
    • Introduction to Machine Learning
    • Data Visualization and Geographic Information Systems
    • Healthcare Analytics
    • Up to two MBA classes with approval

    *Students who have not completed a 3-semester-hour course in accounting ethics or professional responsibilities must complete ACCT 6150 Accounting Ethics, Professionalism and the Public Interest as an elective course.

  • 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
  • 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
  • Requirements for the Masters of Science in Accounting and a completed online application for the program consist 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.
    • 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.
      *Note: Due to COVID-19, the TOEFL may now be taken online at home.
      • 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 18 units (semester hours) of accounting subjects which must include the following:
      • Financial Accounting
      • Cost or Managerial Accounting
      • Accounting or Management Information Systems
      • Intermediate Accounting I & II+
      • Taxation+
      • Auditing+

    +These prerequisite courses may be completed at LMU as additional units required for the MSA degree

    • Transcripts for all colleges or universities you have attended* - you may upload unofficial transcripts directly into your online application. You should request an official electronic transcript from any institution where you earned a degree. Request that official transcripts be sent via email to For current or former LMU students, please read here.

      Currently we are unable to process paper transcripts due to the COVID-19 campus shutdown. If your university is unable to send an official transcript electronically, please scan and upload a copy of your transcript into your application, or scan and e-mail it as a pdf file to

      *This includes any coursework done at community colleges, junior colleges, extension programs, post-secondary schools, colleges, universities and other institutions.
    • Personal Statement (3-5 pages, double-spaced) that offers insight about you, including unique aspects of your personal background, meaningful professional and personal accomplishments, why you are pursuing an M.S. in Accounting, the reasons you are applying to LMU and the unique strengths you will bring to our program.
    • While letters of recommendation are not required, the admission committee encourages applicants to submit 1 or 2 recommendation letters from academic or professional contacts.
    • Ethical Dilemma Essay (350 words or less): Describe an ethical dilemma that you have encountered. Discuss the ethical issue, the facts of the situation (including the stakeholders affected), the alternative courses of action that you considered, evaluation of each alternative action and the course of action that you selected.

Accounting Faculty

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Spring 2021 Application Deadlines

The spring 2021 semester begins on January 11, 2021. We will begin reviewing applications in September 2020 and will continue until the class is filled.

International (F-1 visa) application deadline: November 18, 2020.

Domestic application deadline: December 2, 2020.

Fall 2021 Application Deadlines

The fall 2021 semester begins on August 30, 2021.  We will begin reviewing applications in January 2021 and will continue until the class is filled.

Round 1: January 10, 2021

Round 2: March 10, 2021

Round 3: May 15, 2021 (international) and May 31, 2021 (domestic)

Round 4: Applications submitted after May 31, 2021 will be considered on a space-available basis.

Contact Us

LMU Graduate Business Programs
Hilton Center for Business
1 LMU Drive, MS 8387
Los Angeles, CA 90045-2659
Phone: 310.258.8707