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Department of Accountancy

The Department of Accountancy of California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) is committed to developing accounting graduates with superior accounting and management skills necessary to be responsive to the needs of a dynamic accounting profession. We are extremely proud of our many graduates who have successfully pursued careers in public accounting, industry, government, not-for-profit institutions and general business.

Our curriculum integrates accounting theory with general education.  Special emphasis is placed on developing our students' communication, computer, and research skills along with their accounting expertise. To implement this curriculum, the Department has selected experienced faculty from both academia and the accounting profession.

Applicants interested in CSULB programs for professions that require licensure or certification are encouraged to review the CSU Professional Licensure and Certification Statement. Please note, admission into programs for professions that require licensure and certification does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or certificate.

Academic requirements in this site are based on the current University Catalog. A student's academic requirements could be different depending on the catalog to which he/she has acquired "rights". Consult the Correct University Catalog (section on General Regulations and Procedures) for detailed information for applicable requirements for graduation.

The Department commits its resources in a manner designed to enhance the quality of the accounting program.  For example, each semester the Department offers day and evening sections of all of its accounting courses, which allows students flexibility in structuring their schedules.

BAP CSULB CBA Chapter 2017

Student activities are an integral part of the educational experience offered by our program.  Unlike other universities, the CSULB chapters of Beta Alpha Psi and the Accounting Society (BAP/AS) work together to serve their members. Through participation in BAP/AS, students are provided many and varied opportunities for peer interaction.

The strong financial support that BAP/AS receive from accounting professionals augments members' dues and allows the organizations to offer substantial free social events and extensive scholarships to their members.

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Besides meeting fellow students, these organizations allow students to interact with accounting professionals through lecture programs, on-site firm tours, community service programs and social functions. This interaction often aids BAP/AS members in finding employment during school (internships and part-time jobs) as well as after graduation.

Snag an AICPA Legacy Scholarship and you’ll be a member of the elite AICPA Legacy Scholars. The coinage will help pay for college, and the program will provide you with skills that make you even more appealing to employers.

Master of Science Accountancy is for students and professionals who want to advance and develop their accounting knowledge in auditing, financial statement analysis, corporate governance, forensic accounting, and taxation required to meet the requirements for CPA licensure.  

The Accountancy Blended Masters program (4+1) is now available to current CSULB undergrad students seeking a career in public accountancy. With this new program, CSU Long Beach students now have the fastest possible path to meeting the 150-hour CPA licensure requirements, while earning both BSBA and MSA degrees in five years or less (three years for incoming transfer students).

The COB Accountancy Advisory Board is a valuable resource of feedback, professional insight, talent and support. While the board provides counsel to the Director on issues affecting the school, curricula, programs and employment opportunities of our students, it also engages in and supports the fundraising efforts of the School. The Advisory Board provides key contacts for faculty to inform their research and teaching, and provides input to the Director on the strategic direction and monitors the progress of the College Department. The board provides key contacts for faculty to inform their research and teaching, and provides input to the faculty through the Director on the strategic direction and progress of the program. 

Contact the current Accountancy Department Chair if you are interested in the oppurtunity to be a leader on our Accountancy Department Board.  CSULB can use your expertise and make a strong future in Accountancy and our students.