Admission to Master of Science in Accountancy Program

Admission to the Graduate Program in Accountancy at the College of Business & Economics is a two-step process.  Students must first be admitted to the University and then must satisfy the College's requirements for admission to graduate programs.

 For admission to the University, applicants must have:

  1. Submit an official CSU Graduate Application to the University
    (You will need to create an account in order to fill out the application.)

  2. A baccalaureate from an accredited institution, or equivalent academic preparation as determined by Admissions and University Outreach or another appropriate campus authority.

  3. Two official transcripts, which must include verification of the bachelor's degree.

  4. A grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 (4.0=A) in their latest 90 quarter (or 60 semester) units attempted and good standing at the last college attended.

  5. A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 80 (internet based test), 213 (computer version) or 550 (paper version) for those applicants who earned a bachelor's degree to a school where English was not the principal language of instruction.

In addition to University admission requirements, applicants to graduate programs in the College of Business and Economics must submit the following:

  1. Separate Graduate Program Online Application (Please create an account and fill in an online form).
  2. Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score of 500 or higher. Applications for the GMAT and an explanatory pamphlet may be obtained at the College Advisement Center (SH 256B), or directly from the Educational Testing Service, P.O. Box 966, Princeton, NJ (1-800-462-8669) or online at (  If GRE, score of 1000 or higher is acceptable (
  3. Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to the applicant's ability to pursue graduate studies.  References from employers and faculty members are acceptable.
    Click here to download the Recommendation Form.
  4. Detailed resume or curriculum vitae showing the applicant's work experience (two or more years full time)

The College examines each candidate's potential, taking into consideration all academic work experience, level of responsibility, and other factors that may have a bearing on the individual's potential for success.  Applicants are evaluated on the merits of their own application in comparison with those of all other applicants for the quarter.

Applicants without proper documentation, i.e., official transcripts, test scores, employment history, essays, etc., will not be processed.

Students who are admitted but do not register in the quarter for which they applied must reapply to the University and pay another application fee if seeking admission to any future quarter. There is no deferred admission. Reapplication to the CBE is not necessary if readmission is sought within one academic year. Students who seek to reactivate their CBE graduate program application file for admission consideration must send a letter to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Resources, indicating the quarter for which they seek admission. With the letter they must include information about any activities they have undertaken since the first application. Note that, unless granted a formal leave of absence, continuing graduate students who fail to attend at least two quarters in a given calendar year lose their continuing registration privileges and must compete for readmission with all other applicants.

Student Self-checklist

Apply at for the quarter you wish to start. Click here for the application deadlines. Make sure you meet the minimum requirements, i.e. GPA 2.5 and TOEFL 550, if you are an international applicant.

Once you have finished the online process for Cal State LA, submit your completed application package to the College of Business & Economics Advisement Center (SH 256B) through mail or in person. The list of documents includes:

  1. Official Transcript(s) from all universities attended
  2. Graduate Program Application (downloadable MS word file)
  3. Entry Essay (questions found in the Graduate Program Application)
  4. Three Recommendation Forms/Letters (from previous Professors or Supervisors)
  5. Resume
  6. Official GMAT/GRE Score (College Code 4399)

*Applicants with incomplete application package will NOT be admitted.
*Applicants without GMAT/GRE Score will NOT be permitted to take graduate-level courses.
*Please indicate the quarter that you apply in all the documents that you submit.