The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) requires that its members earn 150 college credits. The Master of Science in Professional Accounting in the Stillman School of Business is designed to be the "fifth year" of study, ultimately enabling you to meet the requirements to be licensed as a CPA in New Jersey and New York.
The program's curriculum, also suited for accountants seeking to upgrade their skills, was developed in collaboration with top-level accounting and business experts to provide a practical graduate accounting education.
What sets this program apart from others is that you can earn a graduate degree in your "fifth year" of school --over two summers and the Fall and Spring semesters in between. You'll take only one online course during the two semesters and attend classes during the summer. Accounting firms like this option because they are less busy during the summer, so you can more easily fit in attending classes.
Candidates in this 30-credit program are expected to fulfill all degree requirements within a maximum of five years after beginning their studies. The program itself can be readily completed in 14 months. Special topics covered include:
- financial instruments
- financial statement analysis
- international accounting
Alumni of the professional accounting program have a broad skill set. Most alumni opt for a career in public accounting or private industry, serving as executives of large multinational corporations, partners in major CPA firms, and managing partners or officers in private firms.
Completion of the M.S. in Professional Accounting requires a minimum of 30 credits of approved coursework, composed of 21 credit hours of accounting courses and 9 credit hours of non-accounting courses. Three restrictions apply:
- no course may be transferred if it has been applied to a prior degree
- a minimum of 24 credit hours of coursework must be completed at the Stillman School
- students may not repeat courses taken previously at the graduate or undergraduate level
Course Sequence and Program Length
Candidates for the master's degree are expected to fulfill all degree requirements within a maximum of five years after they have begun their studies. The program can be completed in approximately one year (evenings only).