Program at a Glance
Accounting Data & Analytics, MS
No GMAT or
Spring ’24 Final Application Deadline
The Master of Science in Accounting Data & Analytics (MSADA) bridges advanced accounting concepts with data analytics, and will equip students with essential skills and knowledge to compete in the evolving realities of the profession. The MSADA develops students’ understanding of accounting and analytics’ concepts beyond theory through practical application positioning students to become leaders in their field. Students will explore the use of innovative technologies and business automation processes to increase operational effectiveness and efficiencies to drive better decision-making.
The MSADA offers concentrations in CPA applied accounting, advanced analytics for accountants, essentials of leadership, or taxation. The Advanced Analytics for Accountants Concentration is a STEM-designated degree program.
The MSADA program provides academic credit that may be used to meet the education requirement for Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensure. The Concentration in CPA Applied Accounting offers live instruction and a structured, supportive environment to study for the CPA exam. For state-specific CPA requirements, visit the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy website.
- Applicants should hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited US institution or the equivalent from a recognized foreign (outside the US) institution, and provide official transcripts.
- Applicants whose native language is not English must meet the English Language Proficiency Admission Requirements.
- Applicants who earned a CPA license can waive the English Language requirement.
- Applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 3.00 should submit a statement of purpose and a resume.
The statement of purpose should address the circumstances that may have led the applicants to poor academic performance, what had changed and why they think they’ll be successful now.
Accounting foundation requirements will be waived for those students who have passed the U.S. CPA examination. Additionally, individual courses will be waived for students who completed them at GGU, or who completed comparable courses at other regionally accredited degree granting institutions, with grades of “B” or better.
The Master of Science in Accounting Data & Analytics (MSADA) program requires completion of: a minimum of 30 units (18 units in the advanced program and 12 units of elective coursework or the completion of a concentration); completion of 6 units of proficiency coursework and 15 units of accounting foundation courses or an undergraduate degree in Accounting; with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.00 or better in courses taken at Golden Gate University that are applicable to the program’s requirements. For further information regarding graduation requirements, see Degree Requirements for Graduate Programs.
All course prerequisites must be satisfied prior to enrolling in a given course and are indicated in the the course description for each course. Individual proficiency and foundation program courses may be waived for students who have an undergraduate degree in Accounting or who have previously completed comparable courses at a regionally accredited college or university. Students may not enroll in advanced program courses until they have completed the entire foundation program. Courses listed carry three semester units of credit unless otherwise noted.
Visit the Admissions Requirements tab for information on math and economics course proficiencies and accounting foundations courses.
Select two ACCTG 300-level courses.
Students may select any four ACCTG 300-level courses, excluding those required for the Advanced Program requirement listed above. Students can take ACCTG 398 Internship: Accounting for up to 6 units toward this requirement.
Students may declare up to two concentrations in a given degree program. Students seeking to declare more than two concentrations will be required to appeal to the dean for approval. Students’ diplomas will list the concentrations that they had successfully completed at the time their degrees were conferred. Students may not declare additional concentrations after their degrees have been conferred.
This concentration is designed for accounting and tax professionals who seek to use analytics to improve strategic planning and decision-making. Students will expand their knowledge of data analytics through the practical application of business tools increasingly used in the accounting profession. Building upon the topics covered in the introductory course on data analytics for accountants, students will gain key skills utilized in the analysis and communication of business accounting data. Topics covered in this concentration include statistical analysis through the utilization of programming languages Python and R; relational data bases, data-mining, and business intelligence systems; and effective communication through the use of visualization tools. This program is a STEM-designated degree program.Core Required Courses – 12 units
Students may substitute one of the above courses with the course below with permission of the Dean.
This concentration provides students with the necessary courses to prepare them for the core accounting topics covered on the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exams. Each course will utilize a combination of live lecture, recorded lectures, task-based simulations, and simulated exams, and include materials from a major CPA exam review program. The courses are designed to use analytics to measure student success and help focus classroom time on more complex or difficult to understand topics. Each course will incorporate graduate level exploration and analysis of case studies and practice-based examples to further students’ understanding of the concepts covered.Required Courses – 12 units
This concentration provides students who want to either acquire and/or enhance their management and leadership knowledge and skills with a focused course of study. Students leave with the essential knowledge and skills to manage and lead in an organizational setting. Students will be introduced to concepts and skills related to management, leading teams, and leading complex change.Required Courses – 9 units
This concentration is intended to meet the needs of those who have studied accounting and wish to further specialize in the field of taxation. By requiring an extensive focus on taxation, this concentration develops significant tax knowledge as part of a program that includes creation of a strong accounting foundation. The concentration courses are in tax research, federal income taxation, and property transactions.Required Courses – 9 units
Select 3 units of TA course(s), which may include TA 398 Internship: Taxation.