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Accounting MS degree

Jenna Lenhardt, Assistant Director of Student Services and Outreach
(585) 475-6916,

Rong Yang, Program Director
(585) 475-4569,

Program overview

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 based on the finance courses completed by the student. The exam is administered at the end of the student’s last semester. Students must pass the exam to earn their degree.


Accounting, MS degree, typical course sequence

Course Sem. Cr. Hrs.
ACCT-605 Accounting Profession 1
ACCT-645 Accounting Information Systems 3
ACCT-707 Advanced Accounting 3
ACCT-708 Auditing and Professional Responsibility 3
ACCT-710 Tax Analysis and Strategy 3
ACCT-738 Information Systems Auditing and Assurance Services 3
ACCT-740 Comparative Financial Statement Analysis 3
ACCT-795 Financial Accounting Theory and Research 3
  Electives 9
  Comprehensive Exam 0
Total Semester Credit Hours 31


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.

For further information about specific GMAT/GRE waiver opportunities, tips on personal statements and additional guidance on how to submit a successful application, please visit Saunders College of Business Admissions Requirements. 


Additional information


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.