Master of Science Accounting (M.S.A.C.)


Program Description

Accounting professionals have a vast number of career paths and industries to choose from, which means our graduates enjoy high employment rates and job security.

Geared toward graduates without a bachelor's degree in accounting, Seton Hall's program prepares you for a successful career and satisfies the educational credits required to sit for the CPA exam in New Jersey, New York, and most other states.

Many of the biggest firms and best-known agencies turn to our program for recruiting at on-campus events, including our annual "Meet the Firms Night."

Full-time students can complete their coursework, on campus or online, in just 12 months; part-time students typically finish our program in two years.


Our program is of particular interest to those with liberal arts, social science, education, nursing or engineering degrees. Students can earn this academic credential in accounting while gaining eligibility for CPA, CMA or CIA certifications.

Led by our dedicated, experienced faculty, you'll study financial accounting, auditing, taxation, and management accounting, thus satisfying the state's curriculum requirement.

You'll take accounting or taxation electives, choosing from specialized courses such as:

  • Forensic Accounting
  • Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting
  • Tax Problems of Partners and Partnerships

You'll also find an emphasis on values; at Stillman, our mission is to enrich each student's life through an ethics-centered curriculum.

Prequalification Sequence

Students without a business background may be required to complete a sequence of online prequalification courses that do not bear credit. Accepted students can be waived from these courses based on prior coursework if conditions are met. Challenge exams are also available.

The requirement to complete pre-qualification courses bears no impact on admission to the program. The pre-qualification courses include:

BMBA 8008 Accounting Pre-Qualifier

The course provides the foundation for understanding how accounting information serves decision-makers in the global business world. The course focuses on the basics of accounting and reporting, outlining the composition and interrelationship of the primary financial statements and the principles that underlie their preparation. This course satisfies both the financial and managerial accounting prerequisite and must be taken before BACC7100.

BMBA 8009 Legal Studies Pre-Qualifier

The course provides an overview of the American legal process; an introduction to the relationship between law and business with special emphasis on the law of contracts. Satisfies One course in Legal Studies, Business Law, Legal Environment of Business and must be taken before BLAW7314.

Program Faculty

The Stillman School prides itself on maintaining a close-knit community and an academic experience characterized by extensive faculty-student engagement. Many of our full-time faculty have attended top Ph.D. programs and are in demand as lecturers, consultants, and media experts. Often partnering with students to undertake relevant research projects, they transform the concepts of business theory into practice, offering hands-on instruction and preparation for real-world success.

Last updated May 2019

About the School

AACSB Accredited BadgeThe Stillman School of Business at Seton Hall University was established in 1950 to provide education geared toward the complex, practical needs of business leaders. The School w ... Read More

AACSB Accredited BadgeThe Stillman School of Business at Seton Hall University was established in 1950 to provide education geared toward the complex, practical needs of business leaders. The School was the first private business school in New Jersey to earn accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). More than 60 years later, the School continues to maintain professional accreditation from AACSB and is the only school in northern New Jersey with both business and accounting accreditation. Read less