New Graduate Program to Give Accountants a Competitive Edge

New Graduate Program to Give Accountants a Competitive Edge

Cal Poly Pomona is accepting applications for a new graduate degree program that will address the ever-changing field of accounting.  

The degree, Master of Science in Accountancy, or MSA, is an important component for accountants who want to advance their careers, either as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or as an accounting professor. When classes begin in fall 2009, Cal Poly Pomona will be the fifth CSU in Southern California to offer an MSA program.

Those who work as accountants and auditors already enjoy being in one of the most in-demand career fields in the country. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projected that accountants will have the third highest number of job openings from 2006 to 2016.

Accountants today, however, cannot solely rely on the information they learned 20, 10 or even five years ago.

“Accounting professionals these days are facing dynamic domestic and international accounting issues,” says MSA Program Director Dr. Hong Pak.

“These issues demand that accounting professionals acquire more advanced accounting concepts,” Pak says. “Our MSA program will be an important tool in helping them adapt and satisfy their clients' needs.”

As the accounting landscape shifts, new opportunities arise. Internal control, corporate governance and forensic accounting are just a few examples of relatively new career tracks that have witnessed significant growth. The MSA program has integrated such contemporary issues into its curriculum.

Those who complete the program will satisfy the requirement to have 150 semester hours in order to become a CPA.  

The College of Business Administration will accept applications through CSU Mentor from now until June 15, 2009. The program is designed for up to 30 students and is primarily geared toward those who have studied accounting as an undergraduate student. For more information, visit