MSc in Accounting


Program Description


In today’s marketplace, rapid innovation and business without borders require accounting professionals to think critically and conceive strategic solutions for complex commerce scenarios. The Joseph I. Lubin School of Accounting in the Whitman School of Management offers an M.S. in professional accounting that combines a rigorous curriculum with practical industry experience to fully prepare you for the challenges of a career as a practicing accountant, consultant or manager.

Our program accommodates students with a background in accounting as well as those with education in other disciplines. If entering with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, you will complete 30 credits to earn your M.S. in professional accounting. If entering without an undergraduate accounting degree, you will need to take additional courses during your time in the program, depending on your previous business and accounting coursework. This path could lengthen your time in the program.

As you progress through our program, you will have many opportunities to enhance your education through participation in professional associations, seminars, corporate visits and networking events. The experiences in and out of the classroom— combined with Whitman’s excellent reputation among recruiters from leading firms, including Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG, and PwC—will prove significantly advantageous as you go before potential employers and will equip you to positively impact the bottom line of any company.

Accounting@Syracuse is Whitman’s new online Master of Science in Accounting program. In addition to training for traditional accounting roles, such as the CPA, Accounting@Syracuse graduates also will gain the skills required for roles such as financial analyst, corporate treasurer, controller, auditor or financial consultant. The program offers three sequences of study based on a student’s prior undergraduate experience.


The rigorous Whitman M.S. in Professional Accounting program is designed for students of all academic backgrounds. Those entering with a bachelor's degree in business administration with at least 24 credits in accounting courses are eligible for the one-year, 30-credit program. Students without the appropriate coursework in accounting, economics, finance, and quantitative methods may be required to take undergraduate and/or graduate-level foundation courses as part of the program.

To view course descriptions for each of the courses listed, be sure to visit the online course catalog to learn more about each course.

Total of 30 credits taken in following areas:

Accounting Core (12 credits)

  • Financial Statement Analysis
  • International Reporting and Analysis
  • Advanced Auditing
  • Taxes and Business Strategy

Management Selective (6 credits, Select 2 courses)

  • Principles of Fraud Examination
  • Venture Capital
  • Corporate Financial Policy & Strategy
  • Financial Modeling
  • Linear Statistical Models 1
  • Project Management
  • Supply Chain & Logistics Mgmt.
  • Risk Management

Accounting Elective (3 credits)

Electives (9 credits)

Including up to six credits from other Syracuse University schools and programs

Program Costs

The estimated total cost for attending our MS in Professional Accounting program for the 2018-2019 academic year is detailed in the chart below. This chart is based on a student taking 18 credits in year one and 12 credits in year two. Your actual costs will vary based on the number of credits you take each semester and how many semesters you take to complete the program. You must take at least 9 credits for each of your first three semesters to maintain a full-time graduate student status.

The amount of your tuition bill each semester will vary according to the number of credit hours for which you register. The basic graduate tuition rate for the 2018-2019 academic year is US$1,559 per credit hour.

Last updated Nov 2018

About the School

Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management combines the resources of a large university with small class sizes and highly individualized attention to offer students the best possible ... Read More

Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management combines the resources of a large university with small class sizes and highly individualized attention to offer students the best possible learning experience. Students study under the leadership of exceptional faculty members, highly esteemed as world-class scholars and researchers. Read less