MSA Prospective Student FAQs

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GENERAL QUESTIONS

  • How long does it take to complete the Master of Science in Accountancy at Sacramento State?
  • Why should I pursue a Master of Science in Accountancy degree?
  • What is the size of your entering class?
  • How many people apply to the Sacramento State Master of Science in Accountancy Program each year?
  • Does the Master of Science in Accountancy Program accommodate working professionals?
  • How are the online courses for the Master of Science in Accountancy Program taught?
  • When do the Sacramento State graduate business programs begin? Can students begin their studies in any semester?
  • What is career placement like?
  • How do I get in touch with alumni or current students from Sacramento State?
  • Can I apply if I already have an MBA?
  • Can I apply if my undergraduate degree is in a non-business field?

ADMISSION CRITERIA 

  • What is the average GMAT score? 
  • What is the average GPA 
  • What are the minimum admission criteria?
  • What is the minimum GMAT score requirement? 
  • How does the Admissions committee evaluate my GMAT score if I have taken the test more than once? 
  • Can I list only my best GMAT score? 
  • How close to the application deadline can I take the GMAT? 
  • What is the GMAT like? 
  • Can I be conditionally admitted into the program if I plan to take/re-take the GMAT after the application period has ended? 
  • Do you accept the LSAT, MCAT, GRE, or other tests? 
  • What is the minimum GPA requirement? 
  • What are the minimum TOEFL scores? 
  • What is the correct TOEFL institution number for Sacramento State? 
  • I am a U.S. citizen who completed my schooling outside of the U.S. at an institution where I was instructed in a language other than English. 
  • Do I need to take the TOEFL?
  • Is a personal interview required?
  • Does Sacramento State conduct admission interviews? 
  • Does Sacramento State require applicants to have work experience before applying?
  • Are there specific types of work experience that will make me a more attractive candidate?
  • How many years of work experience does the average Master of Science in Accountancy student have?
  • I earned my undergraduate degree from Sacramento State.  Does this enhance my chances for being accepted?
  • Do I need to submit community college transcripts and/or transcripts from other institutions I attended, even though they are indicated on the University transcripts I graduated from?
  • I earned a three-year undergraduate degree. 
  • Am I eligible to apply to Sacramento State’s graduate business programs?
  • Can I apply as a college senior?
  • Can I apply as an undergrad?
  • How do I find out if my undergraduate degree is from an AACSB accredited Institution?

APPLICATION PROCESS & DEADLINES

  • How will my application be evaluated? What factors are considered in admissions decisions?
  • Can I speak to an Admissions Coordinator? 
  • How do I find out if I am qualified?
  • How do I add new information if I have already submitted my application? 
  • What is the timeline for applying?
  • Is it possible to apply after the deadline?
  • Will there be a deadline extension?
  • How do I apply?
  • Can I apply without paying the $55 application fee?
  • After I submit my online application, is there a way to check the status?
  • How do I contact technical support for the online application?
  • How do I find out the status of my application materials?
  • May I submit my supplemental materials via email or fax?
  • How can I submit my transcript?
  • Can I send in my unofficial transcripts by the deadline and submit my official transcripts after the deadline?
  • How many letters of recommendation are required? 
  • Who should provide my recommendations?
  • What is the process for recommenders? 
  • Is the Recommendation Form deadline the same as the application filing deadline?
  • How will I be notified of my application decision?
  • When can I expect to hear back about the application decision?
  • Will Sacramento State provide feedback for students who have been denied acceptance? 
  • If I am admitted to Sacramento State, can I defer my enrollment?
  • Are re-applicants at a disadvantage?
  • What are the procedures for reapplying?

 

DEGREE PROGRAMS

  • What business graduate programs are available at Sacramento State?
  • Does Sacramento State offer online or distance learning graduate business programs?
  • Does Sacramento State offer PhD Business Programs?
  • Can I complete a joint MBA/MS Accountancy degree?

 

PREREQUISTES & COURSES

  • How do students waive out of foundation courses?
  • Can I transfer units taken at another school towards the Sacramento State Master of Science in Accountancy Program? Is it possible to transfer to a graduate business program at Sacramento State from another institution?
  • What is the difference between part-time and full-time status?
  • Can I take individual classes without being admitted to the program?

CURRICULUM

Can I pursue a concurrent degree?

PREPARING FOR YOUR PROGRAM

  • Are there any prerequisites for the Master of Science in Accountancy Program?
  • I plan on applying to the program, but want to start classes before I am officially admitted. Can I do that?
  • What teaching methods are used in the Sacramento State Master of Science in Accountancy Program?
  • Is it easy to work and go to school? 
  • Can I take a semester off?
  • What foundation courses can I take at a junior college?

PROGRAM COSTS & FINANCING YOUR PROGRAM

  • Is there financial aid available?
  • What is the cost of the Master of Accountancy Program?
  • Can I get a job on campus?

  

 

GENERAL QUESTIONS

How long does it take to complete the Master of Science in Accountancy at Sacramento State?

On average, it takes students 18 months to complete the Master of Science in Accountancy Program at Sacramento State. 

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Why should I pursue a Master of Science in Accountancy degree?

It’s simple. Today’s marketplace is competitive and regardless of your chosen profession, a graduate business degree will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to advance professionally.  In this environment, you will be exposed to the most recent developments in multiple areas within the accounting field including Financial, Managerial, Auditing, International Accounting and Accounting Information Systems.  The program is broadly conceived rather than narrowly focused.  The networking and self-actualization you will obtain will allow you to work more effectively with your colleagues, clients, and external constituents.  Obtaining a Master of Science in Accountancy degree from Sacramento State will add value to your professional portfolio through life-long learning.

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What is the size of your entering class?

Roughly 30-50 students each semester are admitted and enroll in the Master of Science in Accountancy Program, depending upon the quality of the applicant pool. 

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How many people apply to the Sacramento State Master of Science in Accountancy Program each year?

The Master of Science in Accountancy Program receives approximately 50 to 75 applications in a typical semester, depending on the semester.

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Does the Master of Science in Accountancy Program accommodate working professionals?

Yes, many of our students are full-time working professionals.  All of the classes are held online in order to meet the needs of working professionals. All the courses are offered on a year-round schedule and each course is 6 weeks in duration, meeting once a week online.

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How are the online courses for the Master of Science in Accountancy Program taught?

The Master of Science in Accountancy Program uses a combination of online course materials, streaming video, and instant messaging to deliver a completely web-based degree. The online, distance education delivery mode used by the Master of Science in Accountancy Program vastly increases the flexibility by which students can complete their degree. 

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When do the Sacramento State graduate business programs begin? Can students begin their studies in any semester?

There are typically two application periods each year: Spring and Fall.  The application period for the Spring 2018 Semester has now closed [deadline has passed] and application period for the Fall 2018 Semester is February 1. 

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What is career placement like?

Our Career Center offers valuable resources for exploring your career options.  The Career Center helps students develop a career vision and build a strong foundation for continuous career and life management.  For additional information, please visit the Career Center website at https://www.csus.edu/careercenter/. 

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How do I get in touch with alumni or current students from Sacramento State?

Unfortunately, we are not able to share alumni or student contact information because of privacy concerns.  However, there are opportunities to meet both alumni and students as a prospective applicant.  Once you are admitted, you will be given the opportunity to connect with both students and alumni in your area.  In addition, if you attend one of our information sessions you will have an opportunity to hear not only from a program advisor, but also from current students and alumni who are available to share their experiences and answer your questions. 

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Can I apply if I already have an MBA?

Yes, if you already have an MBA you are able to apply to the Sacramento State's Master of Science in Accountancy program.

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Can I apply if my undergraduate degree is in a non-business field?

Yes, we encourage students of all fields to pursue our Master of Science in Accountancy program.

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ADMISSION CRITERIA

What is the average GMAT score?  What is the average GPA?

The average GMAT score for admitted applicants is 585.  The average GPA for admitted applicants is 3.2.

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What are the minimum admission criteria?

Minimum Academic Qualifications

  •  Undergraduate degree from an accredited institution with a 2.50 overall GPA (Title V requirement)  
  •  Standardized test: GMAT or GRE   
    • A minimum percentile of 30% for overall, verbal, and quantitative scores is required from those with less than 5 years of professional work experience   
    • Test scores are considered valid for 5 years from the test date   
    • Test requirement may be waived for those who meet one or more of the following:    
      • Hold a graduate degree from an accredited institution    
      • Are currently a student in a doctoral program at an accredited institution    
      • Earned an undergraduate business degree at Sacramento State with an overall GPA of 3.25 or better    
      • Earned an undergraduate business degree at an AACSB accredited institution with an overall GPA of 3.25 or better 
      • Currently licensed as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA)    
      • Credentialed as a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)    
      • Have 10 years of valid and documented professional and managerial experience
  •  International students must obtain a minimum TOEFL of 550 (paper-based) or 80 (Internet-based), or an IELTS  score of 6.5

Additional Information Used for Admission Decisions

    •  Letters of recommendation  
    • Personal statement addressing purpose of application  
    • Employment history (Resume or CV)

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What is the minimum GMAT score requirement?

A minimum percentile of 30% for overall, verbal, and quantitative scores is required from those with less than 5 years of professional work experience. GMAT scores are valid for five years and you may take the test as many times as allowed by the Graduate Management Admissions Council.  You may register for the GMAT at www.mba.com/mba.

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How does the Admissions committee evaluate my GMAT score if I have taken the test more than once?

The highest GMAT score will be evaluated.  GMAT scores are valid for five years. 

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Can I list only my best GMAT score?

Yes. We review only the scores from a single test sitting that you present in your application.

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How close to the application deadline can I take the GMAT?

We require that the test be taken before the application deadline of the round in which you apply.  If you take the test on or close to the actual application filing deadline date please email a copy of your unofficial scores to cbagrad@csus.edu.  On the date of the test, you should instruct the testing service to send your official scores directly to Sacramento State. 

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What is the GMAT like?

The GMAT exam measures basic verbal, mathematical, and analytical writing skills that you have developed in your education and work. It does NOT measure:

  • your knowledge of business,
  • your job skills,
  • specific content in your undergraduate or first university course work,
  • your abilities in any other specific subject area, or
  • subjective qualities—such as motivation, creativity, and interpersonal skills.

For more information on the GMAT, please visit http://www.mba.com/mba/thegmat.

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Can I be conditionally admitted into the program if I plan to take/re-take the GMAT after the application period has ended?

We do not offer conditional admittance.  You must take the GMAT and receive an acceptable score to be admitted to the program.

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Do you accept the LSAT, MCAT, GRE, or other tests?

Yes we do accept the results from the GMAT, GRE, LSAT, or CPA scores for the master of Science in Accountancy.

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What is the minimum GPA requirement?

The minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA is 2.50.  Official transcripts are required from all schools attended after high school, including your undergraduate degree program, any graduate work, and/or additional courses taken [certificate program, continuing education courses, etc.].  

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What are the minimum TOEFL scores?

Minimum TOEFL Scores Accepted: 550 [paper-based], 80 [internet-based], or 213 [computer based]. TOEFL scores are valid for two years.

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What is the correct TOEFL institution number for Sacramento State?

The ETS institutional code for Sacramento State is: 4671

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I am a U.S. citizen who completed my schooling outside of the U.S. at an institution where I was instructed in a language other than English.  Do I need to take the TOEFL?

Yes. All students, regardless of citizenship, whose preparatory education was principally in a language other than English must take the TOEFL to demonstrate competence of the English language.

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Is a personal interview required? Does Sacramento State conduct admission interviews?

The Sacramento State College of Business Administration does not conduct interviews as part of the application process. 

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Does Sacramento State require applicants to have work experience before applying?

Sacramento State does not require applicants to have work experience before they apply.   However, learning may be enhanced for those graduate students who have real-world work experiences to apply towards course concepts.

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Are there specific types of work experience that will make me a more attractive candidate?

Rather than focus on specific categories of work experience, applicants should focus on their roles, responsibilities, and what they have learned from the types of work that they been involved in.  

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How many years of work experience does the average Master of Science in Accountancy student have?

The average amount of work experience is 3 years. 

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I earned my undergraduate degree from Sacramento State.  Does this enhance my chances for being accepted?

No preference is given to students who graduated from Sacramento State. All students are assessed equally. 

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Do I need to submit community college transcripts and/or transcripts from other institutions I attended, even though they are indicated on the University transcripts I graduated from?

Yes.  You need to submit transcripts from all institutions that you have attended. However, If you are a Sacramento State alumni, you need to only submit transcripts not previously submitted to the university.

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I earned a three-year undergraduate degree.  Am I eligible to apply to Sacramento State’s graduate business programs?

We do accept bachelor degree of 3 years as long as [at least] 120 semester units were taken to complete the degree. Please Note: International students will not be issued an F-1 student visa for the MS/Accountancy program as it is a completely online program. You may apply but you will not be issued a student visa to come to the United States.

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Can I apply as a college senior? Can I apply as an undergrad?

We encourage college seniors to consider applying to the Master of Science in Accountancy program.  If you are admitted you will need to submit a transcript once you have officially been awarded your undergraduate degree and the degree must be awarded before the start of your first semester in theMaster of Science in Accountancy. 

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How do I find out if my undergraduate degree is from an AACSB accredited Institution?

Please visit the following site and search for your school:http://www.aacsb.edu/accreditation/accreditedmembers.asp

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APPLICATION PROCESS & DEADLINES

How will my application be evaluated? What factors are considered in admissions decisions?

Each application received is reviewed in depth by the Graduate Business Advising Center.  When selecting students, we place an emphasis on leadership potential, strong academic ability, and personal qualities and characteristics.  These factors are not listed in order of importance, and we look at each candidate individually.  GMAT scores and GPA serve as significant factors when considering the admittance or denial of an application. Work experience is not required, but at least two years of professional work experience will increase an applicant’s chance of admittance.  Applicants will be admitted to the program based on the evidence of potential success in the program that they provide. Such evidence may include but is not limited to: the applicant’s maturity, motivation, employment history, managerial potential, letters of recommendation, personal statement, community activities, and other accomplishments that support the applicant’s potential to successfully complete the program. Our goal is to assemble a class of students who will bring diverse perspectives to the learning environment. 

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Can I speak to an Admissions Coordinator?  How do I find out if I am qualified?

The best way to contact our office with specific questions about the Master of Science in Accountancy Program and application process is to submit an online inquiry at http://www.cba.csus.edu/graduate/info.html  or call 916-278-2895.  Please keep in mind that we cannot evaluate your qualifications before you apply.  However, you are able to view our minimum admission criteria at the following site, http://www.cba.csus.edu/graduate/ProspectiveMSA.html. The admission advisors consider your entire application; therefore, it is impossible for us to determine your chances of admission in advance.

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How do I add new information if I have already submitted my application? 

Once your application has been submitted, you are not able to make changes.  However, if you have important changes such as contact information please call the College of Business Administration at 916-278-2895. 

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What is the timeline for applying?

Sacramento State usually has two application filing deadline dates.  One for the Fall semester and the second deadline is for the Spring Semester.  Please check our website http://www.cba.csus.edu/graduate/ProspectiveMSA.html for the most current deadlines.

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Is it possible to apply after the deadline?

No.  Applications submitted after the deadline will not be accepted. 

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Will there be a deadline extension?

At this time there is no deadline extension.

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How do I apply?

Please complete the application checklist found below:

A) To the College of Business Administration Graduate Business Advising Center, submit the following:

1. Mail One (1) Set of Official Transcripts*. (see Transcript Tip below)

If you are a Sacramento State alumni, you need to only submit transcripts not previously submitted to the university.

If you did not attend Sacramento State in the past you will need to submit official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities that you have ever attended (even if it was one class).

2. Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) Scores

Exam must be taken by the application deadline date. NO EXCEPTIONS. If you take the GMAT within one month of the deadline you must scan and email the unofficial GMAT Scores you are given on the day you take the exam to cbagrad@csus.edu

NO HARDCOPIES ARE ACCEPTED - SCAN AND EMAIL ONLY

3. Recommendation Form Waiver

Recommendation Form Waiver You must complete and sign the waiver and submit it along with the Recommendation Form to your recommender.

NO HARDCOPIES ARE ACCEPTED - SCAN AND EMAIL ONLY

4. Two (2) Recommendation Forms

Recommendation Form

Your recommender must email the Recommendation Form with your Recommendation Waiver attached directly to cbagrad@csus.edu. PLEASE HAVE YOUR RECOMMENDER INCLUDE YOUR FULL NAME, SEMESTER AND DEGREE TO WHICH YOU ARE APPLYING IN THE SUBJECT LINE OF THE EMAIL. Example: "Recommendation for Ralph James Smith Fall 2014 MS Accountancy Applicant"

NO HARDCOPIES ARE ACCEPTED - SCAN AND EMAIL ONLY

5. Current Resume

Send via email to cbagrad@csus.edu

NO HARDCOPIES ARE ACCEPTED - EMAIL ONLY

*Mail Official Transcripts ONLY to the following address all other documents should be scanned and emailed:

MSA Program Advisor

Tahoe Hall, Room 1020

College of Business Administration

CSU, Sacramento

6000 J Street Sacramento, CA 95819-6088

 

6. Student Bio and Photo Submission Form

Email this form AND attach a photo of yourself to the email in jpeg format directly to: cbagrad@csus.edu.

Student Bio and Photo Submission Form

B) To the Sacramento State Office of Graduate Studies, submit the following by the Application Filing Deadline:

1. On-line CSU Graduate Application

http://www.csumentor.edu/admissionapp/grad_apply.asp

You only become an official applicant once your online application is submitted. You can submit your statement of purpose which is the last question on the application directly to the CBA (via email ONLY to cbagrad@csus.edu). Just make a note on your application in the Statement of Purpose section "submitting directly to the CBA office".

2. $55 Application Fee

Paid on-line when you file your application.

3. Mail one (1) Set of Official Transcripts (see Transcript Tip below) to the following address:

Office of Graduate Studies

CSU, Sacramento

River Front Center, Room 206

CSU, Sacramento

6000 J Street

Sacramento, CA 95819-6112

 

Please Note: Applicants with foreign documents must visit the OGS website to find out which additional official academic records are required (mark sheets, diploma supplement, Certificado de Notas, etc.). Applicants who attended foreign institutions are required to submit transcripts one month prior to application deadline, in order to allow time for foreign credential evaluation.

Office of Graduate Studies

CSU, Sacramento

River Front Center, Room 206

CSU, Sacramento

6000 J Street

Sacramento, CA 95819-6112

Transcript Tip: Have all official transcripts sent directly to your home address. If you keep the transcript sealed it is still considered official. Please then write a cover sheet that includes your full name, contact information and explains in which semester and to which degree program you are applying. Put the cover letter and sealed transcripts from all the universities you attended in an envelope and mail one to each of the offices listed in A and B above.

If you are a Sacramento State alumni, you need to only submit transcripts not previously submitted to the university.

If you did not attend Sacramento State in the past you will need to submit official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities that you have ever attended (even if it was one class).

Please Note: Applications are not considered complete and will not be reviewed unless all required documents including GMAT scores and Official Transcripts have been received.

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Can I apply without paying the $55 application fee?

The application fee may be waived for a limited number of applicants for whom payment would be a financial hardship. If you believe you qualify, fill out the Application Fee Waiver portion of the online application. Online fee waiver requests will be processed immediately and the applicant will be informed of their fee status at that time. Please note that if your fee waiver request is denied, your application will be placed in incomplete status and will not be processed until the fee is paid.

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After I submit my online application, is there a way to check the status? 

After you submit your application, you will receive a confirmation via email that your application has been successfully submitted. 

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How do I contact technical support for the online application?

You may call 1-800-GO-TO-XAP [46-86-927] for technical assistance.

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How do I find out the status of my application materials?

You can check the status of your application on your MySacState student portal. You may also receive an update via email from the Graduate Business Advising Center.  After all of an applicant’s materials have been received by Sacramento State, an admissions decision may take up to two months. 

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May I submit my supplemental materials via email?

Yes. All documents must be emailed to the College of Business Administration with the exception of sealed official transcripts. Documents should be emailed to the following address: cbagrad@csus.edu. Sacramento State does not accept faxed materials from students.

Official Transcripts ONLY should be mailed to the address provided below:

MSA Program 

Tahoe Hall 1020

College of Business Administration

CSU, Sacramento

6000 J Street

Sacramento, CA 95819-6088

**If you are a Sacramento State alumni, you need to only submit transcripts not previously submitted to the university.

If you did not attend Sacramento State in the past you will need to submit official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities that you have ever attended (even if it was one class).

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How can I submit my transcript?

Please mail your official transcripts or have your previous attended University send your official transcripts to the following address:

MSA Program 

Tahoe Hall, Room 1020

College of Business Administration

CSU, Sacramento

6000 J Street

Sacramento, CA 95819-6088

 

**If you are a Sacramento State alumni, you need to only submit transcripts not previously submitted to the university.

If you did not attend Sacramento State in the past you will need to submit official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities that you have ever attended (even if it was one class).

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Can I send in my unofficial transcripts by the deadline and submit my official transcripts after the deadline?

No, your official transcripts need to be submitted by the application filing deadline.

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How many letters [forms] of recommendation are required?  Who should provide my recommendations?

Two recommendations are strongly preferred.  Recommenders should be individuals who know you well and who can relate specific and relevant details about your abilities and performance.  We believe that supervisors from internships or employment, professors, advisors, and mentors can all serve as adequate recommenders.  We discourage recommendations from peers.  

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What is the process for recommenders? 

Applicants must complete the Recommendation Form Waiver and scan, email it along with the pdf version of the Recommendation Form to their recommenders. Recommenders will need to fill out the required Confidential Recommendation Form and email the completed form with a copy of the applicants Recommendation Form Waiver to the email below: 

Recommendation Form Waiver scanned and emailed to:cbagrad@csus.edu 

Two Recommendation Forms scanned and emailed to:cbagrad@csus.edu

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Is the Recommendation Form deadline the same as the application filing deadline?

Applicants should submit their applications as soon as they feel ready.  Recommendations can be submitted by the applicant or separately by the recommenders. Please keep in mind that it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that both recommendations are submitted by the deadline date for the round in which the applicant is applying. 

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How will I be notified of my application decision? When can I expect to hear back about the application decision?

Whether you are accepted or denied into the Sacramento State Master of Science in Accountancy Program, you will be notified by email. Please keep in mind, however, that an admissions decision may take up to two months after all of an applicant’s materials have been received.

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Will Sacramento State provide feedback for students who have been denied acceptance? 

Due to the large number of applications we receive we cannot accommodate requests for personalized feedback on your application.  Also, please understand that the Graduate Business Advising Center’s decision is final and we cannot advise you on whether or not you should reapply in the future. 

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If I am admitted to Sacramento State, can I defer my enrollment?

No.  Sacramento State does not allow students to defer enrollment.  If you need to delay your enrollment for any reason, you will need to re-apply for the semester that you are able to attend classes at Sacramento State?

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Are re-applicants at a disadvantage?

Re-applicants are not placed at a disadvantage for having applied (or having been denied) in a previous year. Your new application will be evaluated on its merits, in the context of the new applicant pool. We encourage you to give yourself a fresh start when you approach your reapplication. Think through and re-write your personal statement, retake the GMAT, update work history, submit new letters of reference (even if you choose the same recommenders), and submit new transcripts. This is also a good opportunity for you to add any new information that may be helpful in the decision process.

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What are the procedures for reapplying?

You will need to submit a new online application and pay the $55 application fee. You are encouraged to submit new materials. However, check with the appropriate offices to see if your previous application documents are still on file. 

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DEGREE PROGRAMS

What business graduate programs are available at Sacramento State?

We offer four outstanding graduate programs so you are able to find a program that best fits your needs and interests:

  • MBA for Executives
  • MBA
  • MS Accountancy
  • MBA/Juris Doctorate

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Does Sacramento State offer online or distance learning graduate business programs?

Our Master of Accountancy is a fully online program. 

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Does Sacramento State offer PhD Business Programs?

No, Sacramento State’s College of Business Administration does not currently offer any PhD programs.

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Can I complete the MBA and MS Accountancy degree at the same time?

No. The university is currently not allowing students to enroll in two graduate degree programs at one time.

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PREREQUISTES & COURSES

How do students waive out of foundation courses?

A graduate student may request a challenge for waiver of a College of Business Administration foundation course if at least one of the following conditions is met: 

 The student has taken an equivalent course at an AACSB International (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accredited college of business within 7 years of admission, with a minimum individual foundation course GPA of 2.0 and cumulative foundation course GPA of 3.0.

The student has achieved appropriate professional or academic qualification(s).  

The student has appropriate professional work experience.

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Can I transfer units taken at another school towards the Sacramento State Master of Science in Accountancy Program? Is it possible to transfer to a graduate business program at Sacramento State from another institution?

Transferring units towards your Sacramento State graduate business program varies from case to case.  The school examines each case on an individual basis.  Students may transfer up to six semester units from an AACSB-accredited institution when they enter the Sacramento State business program.   Any additional coursework that may have been completed at the previous institution will not be credited toward the degree program at Sac State.  Also, any coursework completed at a non-AACSB accredited institution will not transfer to Sac State’s graduate business programs.  Please note that transfer credit is subject to review by the College of Business Administration and may require you to provide full course descriptions and syllabi before credit is given for previous coursework.  Credit for previous coursework is not guaranteed. 

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Can I take individual classes without being admitted to the program?

No, all students must be admitted to the Master of Accountancy Program before enrolling in classes.

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What is the difference between part-time and full-time status?

The only difference between part-time and full-time status is the amount of units you take each semester.  A part-time student carries 8 or less units during one semester.  A full-time student carries 9 or more units during one semester.  

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CURRICULUM

Can I pursue a concurrent or joint degree?

The only concurrent/joint degree offered by the College of Business Administration is the MBA/Juris Doctorate program. 

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PREPARING FOR YOUR PROGRAM

Are there any prerequisites for the Master of Science in Accountancy Program?

An undergraduate background in accounting is helpful but not necessary for the successful completion of the Master of Science in Accountancy Program.

Prior to enrolling in program courses, the graduate faculty will assume that students are proficient in mathematics, statistics and computer usage. The following skills may be attained through prior coursework, review classes or experience. These proficiency courses do not count toward program requirements:

  • Introductory coursework in probability and statistics
  • One semester of calculus is strongly preferred
  • Ability to use common personal computing hardware and software

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I plan on applying to the program, but want to start classes before I am officially admitted. Can I do that?

No, you are not able to start classes before you are officially admitted to the Master of Science in Accountancy Program. 

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What teaching methods are used in the Sacramento State Master of Science in Accountancy Program?

Teaching methods are up to the individual instructors to balance various student backgrounds and preparations and are customized with a strong focus on applications. All of the classes are fully online.

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Is it easy to work and go to school? 

Yes, many of our students are full-time working professionals.  All of the classes are held online to accommodate working students. 

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Can I take a semester off?

Yes.  Only one semester at a time can be taken off.  You are not able to take two semesters or more off consecutively. 

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What foundation courses can I take at a junior college?

The following courses can be taken at a junior college: Micro Economics, Macro Economics, Financial Accounting, and Business Law.

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PROGRAM COSTS & FINANCING YOUR PROGRAM

What is the cost of the Master of Accountancy Program?

Foundation Courses are currently $630.00 per unit (0 to 7 units required).

Program Curriculum courses are currently $740.00 per unit (30 units required).

The CSU makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum. Fees listed in published schedules or student accounts may need to be increased when public funding is inadequate. Therefore, CSU must reserve the right, even after initial fee payments are made, to increase or modify any listed fees without notice, until the date when instruction for a particular semester or quarter has begun. All CSU listed fees should be regarded as estimates that are subject to change upon approval by the Board of Trustees.

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Is there financial aid available? 

It is recommended that you start the financial aid process as early as possible. Before you are admitted, you can fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid(FAFSA).

  • File your FASFA as soon as possible even if you are undecided if you want aid
  • File online or complete form & mail
  • It takes approximately 4 – 6 weeks to process your FAFSAIf you would like information regarding financial aid, please visit the CSUS Financial Aid Office website at: https://www.csus.edu/faid/

Once you have submitted your FAFSA you will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) (usually takes within 2-3 business days).

Veronica Nava at (916) 278-2676 or navav@cce.csus.edu can answer your questions only after you have submitted your CSU application and received a Student Aid Report.

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Can I get a job on campus?

Yes, there are jobs available on campus. Please consult the employment opportunities webpage at https://www.csus.edu/hr/jobs/index.html.

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