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Frequently Asked Questions

Who should apply?

  • Individuals working in the accounting field (public or private sectors) and want to boost and advance your careers
  • Individuals planning to take CPA examination and need to meet the 150-hour educational requirement set by California law for CPA licensure
  • Individuals planning to change your career path and getting into the sought-after accounting sectors

What does “Hybrid” mean? [back to top]
The Hybrid format of the M.S. in Accounting Program means that curriculum is delivered about half of the time in a traditional classroom in Moraga and about half of the time through live web conferencing on two weeknights each week.

Where are classes held? When are they? [back to top]
The M.S. in Accounting Program is offered in Moraga. In person classes meet on alternating Saturdays; and on Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday evenings students engage in an online interactive platform for two hours.

Is the GMAT Required?  [back to top]
Applicants with an undergraduate major or minor in accounting are not required to take the GMAT if their GPA is at least 2.8. If an applicant’s overall GPA is below 2.8, s/he must enroll into Spring Quarter. In addition, a GMAT score is required.

Applicants without a major/minor concentration in accounting must take and pass the Accounting Boot Camp. If an applicant’s overall GPA is 3.0 or better the GMAT is not required. Otherwise, a GMAT score is required.

What is the tuition? [back to top]
Tuition is $35,000 ($7,000 per quarter). If enrolled into Spring Quarter, Tuition is $38,000 (Spring Quarter is $3,000).

You may pay the tuition for each quarter in three equal installments. Tuition is subject to change without notice and does not include books or meals. However, once you start the program, the tuition will not change for the five consecutive quarters of the program. If you have questions please contact an admissions advisor at (925) 631-4888 or email [email protected].

Can I audit an accounting class?
Graduate Business alumni have the opportunity to audit classes for a nominal fee of $500. This is an important benefit to note for M.S. in Accounting alumni because it allows them the opportunity to revisit specific curriculum that can enhance their readiness for the CPA licensure or serve as a refresher for industry professionals.

Does Saint Mary’s offer Scholarships or Financial Aid? [back to top]
Yes, we offer scholarships!  Visit the scholarships page for details.

Financial Aid is also available. Graduate students are eligible for a variety of loans, including both subsidized and unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans and the Graduate PLUS Loan. For more information, click here or contact: 

Who should you contact to discuss which program fits you best? [back to top]
Please contact an admissions advisor, at (925) 631-4888 or email [email protected].