MS Accounting

MS Accounting

Earn your MS Accounting degree and be more than an Accountant. Lead a team of them.


The Saint Mary's MS Accounting (MSA) program is designed to prepare students for professional accounting success—in both the public and private sectors—while also meeting the 150-hour California educational CPA requirement for licensure. Complete the MSA in as little as 15 months, during evenings and weekends; you determine your MSA journey. Our hybrid business programs are nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report, and for good reason: MS Accounting graduates have a 100% placement rate with many in the Big Four. 

Guided by our experienced faculty, you’ll engage in hands-on project-based learning in small, cohort-driven courses. Saint Mary’s students also have ample opportunity for networking throughout the program interaction with partners of accounting firms, regulators, corporate executives and tax professionals. Graduates are California CPA exam ready and excel after graduation, providing an extensive range of accounting-related services such as auditing, bookkeeping, payroll processing, taxation, or risk assessment and control.

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Earn Your MSA in 15 Months


Designed for the working professional, our 15-Month Program offers you a nationally-ranked Accounting degree on a timeline that accommodates work/life.

An Executive Experience


Cohort-based collaborative learning combined within an intimate classroom setting (14:1) encourages diverse discussions with Award-Winning Professors—not TAs. 

Learn Online + On-Campus


Our convenient mix of online and on-campus classes is the perfect pace to absorb and apply in real time.


Learn about admissions, scholarships and financial aid, and the MS in Accounting program curriculum. 

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Scholarships are an investment in you and in your dreams. A graduate degree should be about what you'll accomplish in the future, not how long into the future you'll be paying for school. That’s why Saint Mary's rewards those who exhibit ambition, creativity, strategic insight, intellect, and leadership capabilities on the basis of need or merit.

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 2023)

(Professional MBA,

MS in Accounting)

Summer (July 2023)

(MS in Accounting, MS in Finance,

MS in Business Analytics,

MS in Management & Technology)

Fall (October 2023)

(Executive DBA, Executive MBA,

Online MBA, Professional MBA,

MS in Business Analytics)

Winter (January 2024)

(Professional MBA,

Executive MBA)

Application Deadline (International Students)

January 6

February 6

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

*Priority scholarship consideration will be given to candidates admitted in Rounds 1, 2, and 3.

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