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The Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) program is designed to qualify graduates to sit for the California CPA exam while obtaining a master’s degree. Students will pursue the degree in a highly personalized learning environment. The 30 credit MSA program offers students:

  • A keen understanding of the strategic role of accounting in business organizations
  • The ability to apply ethical principles and responsibilities in accounting 
  • Expertise in the field using relevant academic and professional research
  • The ability to communicate effectively and persuasively

The MSA program provides students with the flexibility to create their own schedule based on undergraduate accounting courses completed. Students will have an opportunity to complete business courses offered in our AACSB accredited MBA program. The program may be completed in 10 months. Classes meet in the afternoon and evening.

View MSA Program Requirements

View Education Requirements for CPA Licensure beginning January 1, 2014

How to Apply to the MSA Program

  • Submit online application
  • Upload resume
  • Upload Personal Statement (prompt is available by accessing the application)
  • Completion of prerequisite coursework
  • Mail official academic transcript from undergraduate degree granting institution to:

Chapman University
Office of Graduate Admissions
One University Drive
Orange, CA 92866

  • Request to have official Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) score reported
  • Upload contact information for two recommenders. A recommender should be familiar with the applicant’s academic or professional abilities

International Applicants

In addition to the steps listed above:

  • Submit score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or the Pearson Test of English (PTE)
  • Submit copy of your diploma
  • Complete the financial statement form required for the student visa

+-Frequently Asked Questions

Can I start the program in the spring?
We only offer a fall start for the MSA program.

How can I learn more about the program?
You may RSVP for an upcoming information session by visiting our Events page or contact Dawn Brewer at

How can I request a copy of a MSA brochure?
Please call 877-CHAP-MBA, email, or download it here.

Do I need to submit my application materials together?
You may submit your application with your uploaded statement of intent and the contact information of 2 recommenders, then submit transcripts and test scores when available.

May I send my transcripts electronically or by mail?
You may send your transcripts electronically or via postal mail. Please use the following email address to send official transcripts electronically. Or, transcripts may be sent to: 

Chapman University
Office of Graduate Admissions
One University Drive
Orange, CA 92866

Who should send a letter of recommendation?
The most useful recommendations are those from individuals who are able to speak with certainty about your professional and/or academic achievements and potential in regards to specific observations and examples of your leadership, teamwork, analytical skills and personal qualities. It is important, for those who are currently employed, that at least one of your evaluators be someone in a position to judge your professional performance.

Do you require essays as part of the application? If yes, what is the recommended length of the essay?
Yes, one Statement of Intent is required. Your response should be a maximum of 600 words and should state the reasons you aspire to attend Chapman University’s MSA program. Please discuss your career and personal goals, and how receiving your graduate degree from Chapman University will assist you in attaining your goals. The essay may be uploaded directly to the application system.

Financial Aid/Tuition/Scholarships

What are the first steps in the financial aid process?
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is required of all U.S. citizens and permanent residents who wish to apply for federal student loans. To expedite processing federal loan applications, we recommend that you complete the FAFSA as early as you can.

Please visit the U.S. Department of Education homepage for more information on the FAFSA, or write to:

FAFSA Information Center
P.O. Box 84
Washington, DC 20044
800 433-3243

All other aspects of the financial aid application process do not begin until students have been formally admitted into the program.

What is the tuition rate?
The fall 2014 tuition is $1,200/unit.

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Application Deadlines

Spring Semester

We do not offer spring semester matriculation for the MSA program.

Fall Semester

June 1

Please note that for all programs, applications received after the above dates will be considered on a space available basis until the class fills.

Dedicated Career Services

We work with you to fulfill your career goals and set job search strategies.

Visit the Graduate Business Career Center