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Accounting MBA

Program overview

In addition to the educational preparation for a career leading to top management, the master of business administration—accounting fulfills the educational requirements that allow students to sit for the New York State Certified Public Accountancy exam. The program stresses the skills necessary for the design, operation, and control of accounting information systems.

Curriculum

Students complete foundation, accounting, and business courses. The program offers two tracks, one for students with an undergraduate degree in accounting and one for students who have an undergraduate degree in a field outside of business, economics, statistics, or accounting.

Accounting, MBA degree (for applicants with an undergraduate degree in accounting), typical course sequence

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
  Finance or Economics Elective 3
MGMT-740 Organizational Behavior and Leadership  3
BLEG-731 Commercial Law and Professional Skills 3
MKTG-761 Marketing Concepts and Commercialization 3
MGMT-735 Management of Innovation in Products and Services 3
MGMT-759 Competitive Strategy 3
ACCT-795 Financial Accounting Theory and Research 3
ACCT-738 Information Systems Auditing and Assurance Services 3
ACCT-708 Auditing and Professional Responsibility 3
ACCT-707 Advanced Accounting 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 30

Accounting, MBA degree (for applicants with no previous business, economics, or statistics course work), typical course sequence

CourseSem. Cr. Hrs.
First Year
MGMT-601 Foundations of Business Ethics 1
MGMT-740 Organizational Behavior and Leadership  3
ACCT-603 Accounting for Decision Makers 3
MKTG-761 Marketing Concepts and Commercialization 3
DECS-782 Statistical Analysis for Decision Makers 3
BLEG-730 Business Legal Concepts 3
FINC-721 Financial Analysis for Managers 3
ACCT-704 Corporate Financial Reporting I 3
ACCT-709 Basic Taxation 3
ACCT-645 Accounting Information Systems 3
ACCT-706 Cost Management 3
MGMT-735 Management of Innovation in Products and Services 3
ESCB-705 Economics and Decision Modeling 3
DECS-743 Operations and Supply Chain Management 3
  Business Elective 3
Second Year
ACCT-710 Advanced Taxation 3
BLEG-731 Commercial Law and Professional Skills 3
ACCT-705 Corporate Financial Reporting II 3
  Accounting Elective 3
  Economics or Finance Elective 3
ACCT-708 Auditing and Professional Responsibility 3
ACCT-795 Financial Accounting Theory and Research 3
ACCT-738 Information Systems Auditing and Assurance Services 3
ACCT-707 Advanced Accounting 3
MGMT-759 Competitive Strategy 3
Total Semester Credit Hours 73

Admission requirements

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

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution,
  • Have working knowledge of algebra and statistics,
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work,
  • Submit scores from the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) (GMAT preferred for international applicants and those applying for scholarships),
  • Submit a personal statement,
  • Submit a current resume, and
  • Complete a graduate application.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum scores of 580 (paper-based) or 92 (Internet-based) are required. Scores from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) will be accepted in place of the TOEFL exam. The minimum acceptable score is 7.0. The TOEFL or IELTS requirement is waived for native speakers of English or for those submitting transcripts from degrees earned at American institutions. For additional information on the IELTS, visit www.ielts.org.

Accepted students can defer enrollment for up to one year. After one year, a new application must be submitted and will be re-evaluated based on the most current admission standards.

Completed applications for admission should be on file in the Office of Graduate 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.


Career Outcomes

Job Titles

Accountant, CFO, etc.

Recent Employers

Alstom Signaling, Bausch & Lomb, Carrier Corporation, Citibank, Coopers & Lybrand, Deloitte & Touche, Eastman Kodak, Global Crossing, Harris Corporation, IBM, JP Morgan Chase, Johnson & Johnson, M&T Bank, Merck & Company Inc., Paychex, Toyota, Unisys Corp., Wegmans, Xerox


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