Graduate School of Management


Courses and Requirements

Program Length

The minimum number of course units required for the degree is 10 units.


MSA Course Requirements

The MSA courses are categorized into three categories:

  1. Foundation Courses
  2. Core Courses
  3. Elective Courses

Foundation Courses (2 units):

The following courses may be waived based on prior undergraduate or graduate work or may be taken at GSOM.

  • One unit in accounting. (GSOM course: ACCT 4101: Foundations of Accounting)
  • One unit in economics or statistics or operations management or quantitative methods. (GSOM courses: ECON 4004, STAT 4005, STAT 4006, OM 4600, OM 4601)


Every degree candidate takes five one-unit core courses and five one-unit electives from the following list. A student who has any of the core courses waived because of a strong accounting background must substitute elective courses for the waived courses. Waivers will not reduce the length of the program below ten units.

Core Courses (5 units):

Course substitutions permitted based on prior coursework.

  • ACCT 5101: Financial Accounting and Reporting I
  • ACCT 5102: Financial Accounting and Reporting II
  • ACCT 5103: Management Accounting
  • ACCT 5105: Financial and Operational Auditing
  • ACCT 5206: Federal Taxation

Based on the prior accounting courses, a maximum of 3 core units may be waived at the discretion of the Director of MSA program.

Elective Courses (total 5 units from the following two groups):

Group 1: Minimum 2 units from the following:

  • ACCT 5107: Analysis of Financial Statements
  • ACCT 5108: Business Analysis and Valuation
  • ACCT 5109: Government and Nonprofit Accounting
  • ACCT 5210: Advanced Accounting
  • ACCT 5410: Accounting Internship (Enrollment limited)
  • ACCT 5411: Accounting and Finance for Sustainability

Group 2: Minimum 1 unit must have FIN prefix:

  • FIN 4200: Financial Management
  • FIN 5201: Case Studies in Corporate Finance
  • FIN 5281: Case Studies in International Finance
  • FIN 5301: Stock and Bond Valuation (1/2 unit)
  • FIN 5405: Mergers and Acquisitions
  • MGMT 4708: Business Law (1/2 unit)
  • MGMT 5900: Special Topics - Business Law II (1/2 unit)
  • MGMT 4709: Business in Society (1/2 unit)
  • MGMT 5201: Human Resource Management
  • MGMT 5308: Women in Management (1/2 unit)
  • MGMT 5407: International Labor Relations (1/2 unit)
  • MGMT 5784: Leadership and Decision Making
  • MGMT 5807: Cross-Cultural Management
  • MIS 4500: Management Information Systems
  • MIS 5501: Database Management Systems (1/2 unit)
  • MIS 5505: Management of Information Technologies
  • MIS 5506: Knowledge Management in Organizations (1/2 unit)
  • MIS 5553: Information Systems Analysis and Design

Other graduate courses in GSOM may be used as electives with the MSA Director's permission.