The Master of Science in Accountancy with a concentration in Professional Accounting will prepare you for a career in public accounting, corporate settings, or government enterprises. This widely respected program offers a rigorous course of study taught by top tax and accounting professionals with expertise in a broad range of topics.
Founded in 1974, LIU Post’s School of Professional Accountancy holds the proud distinction of being the first independent school of professional accountancy in the nation.
Learn from faculty members who are proven pioneers in their field and bring real-world experience into the classroom, and study curriculum that incorporates the latest technology and software applications in the digital accounting and taxation fields.
Network with NYC’s leading firms through our extensive internship program, and meet accounting professionals face-to-face during our campus events. Our graduates are recruited by the “Big Four” global accounting firms as well as international, national, regional, and local accounting firms, corporations, and government agencies.
The M.S. in Accountancy is registered by the New York State Education Department to qualify for a one-year reduction of the experience requirement for CPA licensure. It is intended for those individuals who have completed an undergraduate degree in accounting at an accredited college or university and who wish to fulfill the 150-hour requirement.
Committed to access and excellence, the College of Management offers innovative practice-based engaged learning and promotes relevant and impactful scholarship to empower students with the functional competencies, critical thinking, global knowledge, and ethical values to become successful professionals in enterprise and society. (April 8, 2016)
Applicants to the Master of Science in Accountancy must meet the following requirements for admission.
- Application for Admission.
- Application fee: $50 (non-refundable).
- Official copies of your undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts from any college(s) or universities you have attended.
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college with at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average in undergraduate studies or successful completion of another master’s degree. An applicant who attended institutions outside the United States must hold a degree equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree. An undergraduate major in accounting is required for the M.S. in Accountancy program.
- An applicant who is in his or her senior year at an undergraduate institution may apply for admission, but acceptance is contingent upon submission of final grades and receipt of a bachelor’s degree. All previous coursework will be evaluated by the graduate accounting advisor. Students who have not taken necessary prerequisites may be admitted to the program subject to the completion of prerequisites with a B or better as part of their program of study. The following criteria have been established as the most critical in the evaluation of the application:
- Scholastic achievement and a desire to excel as evidence by previous academic work;
- Aptitude for graduate study as indicated by scores on the GMAT;
- Leadership potential and maturity as evidence by prior work experience, extracurricular activities, and responses to the application form questions.
- The following standardized tests may be used for admission into the MBA program: GMAT, GRE, and LSAT. The minimum GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) score of 400 is required for full admission. A higher score is needed if the overall undergraduate GPA is between 2.5-2.7499. The GRE Exam is accepted if taken using the 130-170 scale (August 2011 to present) with a minimum GMAT equivalent score of 400. The GRE-GMAT Conversion Table may be found at http://www.ets.org/gre/institutions/about/mba/comparison_tool/ . An LSAT Exam taken within the past five (5) years with a minimum score of 141 is also accepted. Prospective students are exempt from standardized testing if they meet the following criteria: hold a CPA license, or either a JD, doctorate or a Master’s degree in (most) Engineering concentrations.
- Students who have not reached the standardized test qualification are invited to enroll in the Personal Enrichment Program as non-matriculated students and may enroll for a maximum of two (2) 500-level MBA core courses. The student is expected to successfully pass one of the standardized tests listed no later than the completion of the second course in order to continue their MBA program.
- Two professional and/or academic letters of recommendation that address the applicant’s potential in the profession and ability to complete a graduate program
- Personal Statement that addresses the reason you are interested in pursuing graduate work in this area of study
- A current résumé.
- Students for whom English is a second language must submit official score results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The required minimum acceptable TOEFL score is: 85 Internet-based (213 computer-based or 550 paper-based) or minimum IELTS score: 7.0.