The master of science in accounting is designed to satisfy New York state requirements for students with an undergraduate degree in accounting to sit for the CPA exam and attain CPA licensure. Students may complete the program on a full- or part-time basis, with the full-time program beginning exclusively in the fall semester.

Plan of study

The program consists of 10 courses and a comprehensive exam administered at the end of the student’s last semester. Students must pass the exam to earn their degree.


  • Accounting
  • Consumer Packaged Goods
  • Financial Services
  • Management Consulting
  • Insurance
  • Higher Education
  • Non-Profit
  • Computer and Network Security

Typical Job Titles

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • Auditor
  • Management Accountant
  • Government Accountant
  • Fraud Examiner
  • Tax Accountant


Accounting, MS degree, typical course sequence

  • ACCT-645 Accounting Information and Analytics
  • ACCT-707 Advanced Accounting
  • ACCT-708 Advanced Topics in Auditing and Assurance
  • ACCT-710 Tax Analysis and Strategy
  • ACCT-738 Information Systems Auditing and Assurance Services
  • ACCT-740 Comparative Financial Statement Analysis
  • ACCT-790 Field Exam Prep
  • ACCT-795 Financial Accounting Theory and Research
  • Electives


  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Management Information Systems

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the MS program in accounting, candidates must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete a graduate application.
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university or college.
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work.
  • Submit scores from the GMAT or GRE. (GMAT preferred for international applicants and those applying for scholarships.)
  • Submit a personal statement of educational objectives.
  • Submit a current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. A minimum TOEFL score of 92 (internet-based) is required. A minimum IELTS score of 7.0 is required. The English language test score requirement is waived for native speakers of English or for those submitting transcripts from degrees earned at American institutions.
  • Completed applications for admission should be on file in the Office of Graduate and Part-time Enrollment Services at least four weeks prior to registration for the next academic semester for students from the United States, and up to 10 weeks prior for international students applying for student visas.
Program taught in:
  • English
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Last updated July 8, 2019
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2 years
47,522 USD
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