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MS Accounting

About MS Accounting

About MS Accounting

Whether pursuing a career in international public accounting, industry, government or a local CPA firm, our MS in Accounting – with its uniquely designed, multi-disciplinary approach, cutting-edge curriculum and hands-on learning opportunities – empowers our graduates to be confident and career-ready as they enter the workforce…and with a nearly 100% job placement rate.

This 45-quarter unit program takes a purposeful, integrated approach to graduate accounting education. Our program uses close-knit student cohorts to ensure frequent contact with professors and a strong support system, along with plenty of Learn by Doing hands-on experiences. Our well-connected faculty help students make valuable connections with leading firms well before graduation, helping us maintain our track record for job placement as well as CPA exam success.

Application /
Important Dates

  • Oct 1, 2017

    Application Period Opens

  • Feb 1, 2018

    Priority Application Deadline

  • Apr 1, 2018

    Final Application Deadline

Key Features

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Cutting-Edge Curriculum

Our multi-disciplinary approach combines advanced financial and managerial accounting and audit curriculum with information systems and data analytics courses. Our close ties to industry ensure that our curriculum remains fresh and relevant.

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Career-Ready Graduates

Employers rank our graduates among the best prepared and ready from their first day on the job. Our cohort model and Learn by Doing approach provide students with invaluable leadership opportunities and hands-on experience.

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100% Job Placement

Our MS Accounting graduates are in demand, and we facilitate that with on-campus recruiting
events with top companies and firms. We have a near-perfect job placement record for our
graduates since our program began in 2010.


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Adam Bordeman

Professor of Accounting

Leida Chen

Leida Chen

Associate Professor in Information Systems

Herb Hunt

Herbert Hunt

Professor of Accounting

Kim Westermann

Kim Westermann

Assistant Professor of Accounting

Li Dang

Li Dang

Associate Professor of Accounting

Chris Carr

Chris Carr

Professor of Business Law and Public Policy

Rodney Mock

Rodney P. Mock

M.S. Tax Program Director

Curriculum Overview

Students take advanced courses in financial and managerial accounting, taxation, auditing, information systems and data analytics. If equivalent undergraduate courses were already taken, students can elect to take additional courses in taxation and/or data analytics...

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Program Specifics

Does the MS Accounting sound like a program for you? Review our requirements to see what is needed to apply to our program. Feel free to connect with one of our academic advisors if you have specific questions.     -More Details Forthcoming

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Winter Career Fair

Don't miss this opportunity to meet with over 150 employers


January 24, 2018

Careers in Accounting Day

The Cal Poly Accounting Club (CPAC)


February 9, 2017

Spring Career Fair

This is the last Career Fair of the year, so don't miss out!


April 18, 2018

Student Profiles

Vincent Hennessy

Vincent Hennessy,
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Julie Rizzolo

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Jordan Sligh

Jordan Sligh,
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Brooke Stran

Brooke Stran,
MS Accounting

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