A professor pointing at notes on a whiteboard during a lecture

Focused. Accomplished. Ethical.

The LMU M.S. in Accounting curriculum provides students with the technical knowledge, analytical thinking and communication skills to be accomplished and ethical accounting professionals and leaders in public and corporate accounting, 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.

Students who have completed the prerequisite coursework before starting our program may complete the M.S. in Accounting in 9 months on a full-time basis or 2 years on a part-time basis for a total of 30 units. Students requiring more flexibility or who need to take prerequisite courses as additional units have the option to extend the program up to 5 years.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the LMU M.S. in Accounting will:

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

Well-Rounded and Personalized

All M.S. in Accounting students complete the following core courses:

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

Students will select 15 units of electives based on their desired area of focus:

  • ACCT 5110 - Advanced Accounting Topics
  • ACCT 5150 - Accounting Ethics, Professionalism, and the Public Interest*
  • ACCT 5180 - Fraud Examination
  • ACCT 6112 - Accounting and Finance Concepts for Strategic Planning
  • ACCT 6114 - The CFO Perspective
  • ACCT 6122 - Income Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders
  • ACCT 6124 - Taxation of Flow-Through Entities
  • ACCT 6126 - International Taxation

* Students who have not completed a 3-unit course in accounting ethics or professional responsibilities in previous coursework must complete ACCT 5150 as an elective course.

With program director approval, M.S. in Accounting students may select up to 6 units from MBA Program elective courses or M.S. in Business Analytics courses on a space-available basis provided the student meets any course prerequisite requirements.

For detailed course descriptions, see the University Bulletin.