Master of Science in Accountancy

The Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) is designed to keep pace with recent technological and international advances. Recognizing the vast sources of financial and accounting information, its relevance is enriched by analyzing from the perspective of economic theory, quantitative techniques, and behavioral science. Valuable information is therefore made more meaningful to users of financial statements. This allows for greater corporate governance, ethical practices, and openness to challenges in the accounting profession.

Objectives of the Program

In response to challenges to the accountancy profession, the program aims to:

1. Provide quality financial analysis by incorporating economic theory, quantitative analysis, and research techniques in the study of accountancy;

2. Increase awareness of the role of corporate governance and ethics in the practice of accountancy

3. Incorporate the latest qualitative and quantitative techniques in the interpretation, analysis, and dissemination of accounting and financial statements;

4. Become an equal partner in business decision-making and rigorous research;

5. Utilize the knowledge and skills to become value oriented and responsible corporate citizens.

Course Requirements

The curriculum consists of basic courses (18) units, major courses (12 units), cognates (6 units), and thesis (6 units).

Basic Courses

Accountancy enrichment course
Statistics for business & economics
Microeconomic theory
Macroeconomic theory
Problems in financial reporting

Major Courses

Financial analysis
Philosophy of science and scientific methods
Empirical research in accounting
Financial economics


Accounting for financial instruments
Accounting information technology
Economics of multinational operations
Issues in corporate finance/ investment
Ethics and corporate responsibility
Updates in management accounting and special topics
Organizational behavior

Final requirements for completion

Written comprehensive examination

Admissions Requirements

1. A bachelor’s degree in accounting
2. Satisfactory admission test scores and interview results
3. Above average scholastic performance
4. English proficiency test

*Students are required to take 6-units English subjects unless they scored satisfactorily in the entrance examination essay.


For Local Applicants

1. Application Form with 2x2 picture.
2.Original copy of Transcript of Records
3.Original Copy of NSO Birth Certificate
4.Transfer Credential (for non-DLSU graduate) 5.Two (2) Letters of recommendation (downloadable at DLSU website)
6.Updated Curriculum Vitae/Resume
7. Personal Statement containing Academic and Career Objectives
8.Two (2) pieces of 2”x 2” picture for testing permit
9. Certificate of good moral character from previous school/ employer at least six months from date of issuance
10.Photocopy of research output (for Ph.D. applicants only)

For International Applicants

1. Application form with 2"x 2" picture (downloadable at DLSU website)
2. Photocopy of passport
3. Two (2) copies of Transcript of Records (Authenticated and Original copy)
4. Certificate of Graduation (with degree title and date of graduation)
5.Two (2) copies of Certificate of No Criminal Record (Authenticated and photocopy)
6.Two (2) Letters of Recommendation (form downloadable at DLSU website)
7.Curriculum Vitae or Resume
8. Personal Statement (format can be viewed from the DLSU website)
9.Photocopy of Research output (For PhD applicants only)
10. Two (2) pieces 2"x2" recent picture for testing permit

Financial Aid

Scholarships are available to deserving students. Awarded on academic merit or financial need, these grants are generally good for one trimester and renewable thereafter. Part-time teaching positions are also available on an invitation basis.

Duration of the program

The program normally takes one year of three trimesters (full-time) or two years or six trimesters (part-time) to complete the coursework and about another year to accomplish the final requirements such as written comprehensive exam and the thesis.

A student is expected to complete all graduation requirements within a maximum residency period of eight years.

Contact Information

Graduate Admissions Office (GAO)
La Salle Hall Rm 101
2401 Taft Avenue
1004 Manila, Philippines
Tel. Nos.: (632) 303-1378 (direct line) or
(632) 524-4611 local 468 (trunk line)