Prospective MSA Students

Sacramento State’s Online Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) Program provides advanced understanding for the accounting field, which is changing at an accelerated rate.

Prospective MSA2The MSA curriculum is 100% compatible with the CPA exam.  In addition to graduate-level accounting training, students are exposed to all the exam areas in the CPA exam including:

  • AUD: Auditing Attestation
  • FAR: Financial Accounting and Reporting
  • REG: Regulation
  • BEC: Business Environment and Concepts

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 distance education delivery mode used by the MSA program at Sacramento State vastly increases the flexibility by which students can complete their degree online with highly engaged instructions and interactions. All the courses are offered on a year-round schedule in an accelerated format and the entire program can be completed with an attractive time frame.

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Program Objectives of students applying for the program include some combination of the following:

Prospective MSA

  • Assists in meeting requirements for the CPA Exam

  • Advance your career with a Master of Science in Accountancy


  • All courses offered online – no campus time required
  • Fully accredited by AACSB International
  • Can be completed in 18 months (as a full-time student)
  • Each course is 6 weeks, meeting once a week online
  • Stimulating networking environment
  • Course materials available anytime, anywhere
  • Nationally recognized faculty and fellow students interact virtually at a high level

Virtual Classroom Includes:

  • SacCT course tool encompassing a complete set of asynchronous online materials
  • Audio-video
  • Electronic bulletin boards
  • Lecture resources with direct links to other course materials
  • Lecture notes
  • Full audio of lectures
  • Video of portions of lectures
  • Links to relevant materials
  • Chat Live office hours (synchronous)
  • Online assessments
  • Collaborate in SacCT (synchronous Web conferencing)


Additionally, the international accounting component within the Program serves those students who desire to be employed by firms with international operations, and anticipates the gradual move of the developed world toward adopting the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) of the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB).