MS Accounting


Make More of Accounting: Get Your MS Accounting with Saint Mary’s

Saint Mary's hybrid MS Accounting program is designed to train students for success in the professional world of accounting in as little as 15 months. With flexible class schedules allowing you to study at night and on weekends, you can complete your MSA journey on your own timeline - all while meeting the 150-hour CPA licensure requirements for the state of California. Our engaging faculty will prepare you for the real world of business by guiding you through hands-on projects with a small cohort group. 

The contacts you make here could last a lifetime as you take advantage of further networking opportunities to interact with accounting firm partners, policy regulators, corporate executives, and seasoned tax professionals. SMC grads go on to excel in public and private sector careers; with 100% job placement success, Gaels with MSA degrees do meaningful work in auditing, bookkeeping, payroll processing, taxation, and risk analysis - and many land jobs at the Big Four.


15 Months to MSA

Manage your work-life balance while you complete our nationally-ranked master’s Accounting program designed for working professionals.

Connect in Class

Expand your professional network in a cohort-based learning environment of small classes (14:1) with direct instruction from renowned professors. 

Online & On Campus

Our convenient mix of online and on-campus classes provides the perfect pace to accommodate your schedule for effective learning.

Program Details

Learn about admissions, costs, the MS in Accounting program curriculum, and more. 

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Scholarships are just one way Saint Mary’s invests in you and your dreams. We believe a graduate degree should provide you with more than a tuition receipt and a diploma - we want you to be able to acquire the tools and knowledge you need to grow and succeed in the future. That’s why SMC offers a range of need-based and merit-based financial assistance to individuals who demonstrate high levels of ambition, creativity, insight, intellect, and leadership.

MS in Accounting Program students are a diverse group of highly motivated people, representing a wide range of educational backgrounds and levels of experience.

Academic preparation:

  • Applicants for admission to the MS in Accounting program must hold a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university.
  • Applicants are required to take the GMAT or GRE if their overall GPA is below a 3.0.

Priority scholarship consideration will be given to candidates admitted in Rounds 1, 2, and 3. If you are applying beyond the Round 3 deadline, you may still apply for our scholarships directly on our Scholarships Webpage.

Required Documentation:

  • Online Graduate Application
  • Non-refundable $50 Application Fee
  • Personal Statement
  • Official transcripts of colleges or universities with a degree conferred (electronic preferred)
  • A resume of relevant business experience
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation from individuals who can discuss the applicant's professional experience 

International Applicants:

Application materials can be sent to:

Saint Mary’s College of California
Office of Admissions
1928 Saint Mary's Road
PMB 4800
Moraga, CA 94575

If you have any questions, contact an admissions representative at (925) 631-4888 or


Spring (April 2024)

(Professional MBA,

MS in Accounting)

Summer (July 2024)

(MS in Accounting, MS in Finance,

MS in Business Analytics,

MS in Management & Technology)

Fall (October 2024)

(Executive DBA, Executive MBA,

Online MBA, Professional MBA,

MS in Business Analytics)

Winter (January 2025)

(Professional MBA,

Executive MBA)

Application Deadline (International Students)

January 6

April 15

April 24

September 22

Application Deadline (Domestic Students)

March 10

June 16

August 25

December 8

Start Date

April 10

July 10

September 25

January 8


We will continue to accept applications on a rolling basis after the final deadline, but priority will be given to those applicants who apply by the above dates.


Tuition / Financial Aid

The Master of Science in Accounting 15-month part-time program is delivered in a hybrid (online and in-class) format that allows participants to work full-time while attending classes.

The part-time hybrid format classes meet via live web conferencing in the evenings for two hours on Mondays/Wednesdays or Tuesdays/Thursdays. Additionally students meet face-to-face on Saint Mary’s campus in Moraga on alternate Saturdays.


ACCTG 202 - Advanced Financial Accounting

ACCTG 203 - Advanced Managerial Accounting

ACCTG 204 - Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting

ACCTG 205 - International Accounting

ACCTG 206 - Advanced Auditing and Forensic Accounting

ACCTG 207 - Federal Taxation of Individuals, Trusts, Estates, and Gifts

ACCTG 208 - Advanced Legal Environment of Business

ACCTG 209 - Federal Income Taxation of Business Entities and Ethical Issues

ACCTG 210 - Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation 

ACCTG 211 - Accounting Professional Ethics and Responsibilities 


Saint Mary’s offers generous financial assistance to both undergraduate and graduate students, through grants, scholarships, work-study and loan programs.

Tuition for the MS Accounting Program:

  • 2023-24 Academic Year: $33,125 total
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Meet the Firms

Over 100 students participate annually in this signature job and internship recruiting event - which is held exclusively for Accounting majors and attended by representatives from KPMG, Deloitte, Moss Adams, Armanino, Johnston Gremaux & Rossi, Sensiba San Filippo, and more than 25 other public, private, government, and forensic firms. Along with a Saint Mary's career specialist, reps from these top accounting firms network with students to help them build their resumes and advance their careers. 

From the Alumni

MS Accounting Saint Mary's Sharon Alberts

"The hybrid program offers an environment for working adults that still allows time to calendar business trips. I have listened to sessions while in Michigan visiting my daughter and also from a hotel room while attending a professional conference"