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Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Accounting

The College of Business offers an MBA in Accounting Degree. The Stony Brook University MBA in Accounting Program meets the criteria for the New York State education and licensing requirements that professionals seeking the NYS CPA license have to fulfill.  Stony Brook’s program requires a minimum of 21 accounting credits at the undergraduate level and another 15 at the graduate level. The graduate level MBA program curriculum for accounting also includes 21-33 additional credits in various areas of business, including finance, marketing, operations, and more. This program features a rigorous accounting and management curriculum, designed to be both prepared for a career in accounting and a pathway to eligibility to sit for the New York State CPA examination. Students typically come into the program having already fulfilled the 24 credit Stony Brook University Accounting Minor, which will help to count towards the 150 required credit hours for NYS CPA eligibility. If candidates do not have the prerequisite credits in accounting, they may be able to take these classes as a non-matriculated student before starting the MBA in Accounting program. Students are placed into a 48 credit track unless they have an undergraduate degree in business, in which case they are placed into a 36 credit track.  All students must meet the accounting prerequisites.

Students who graduate with the MBA in Accounting degree from Stony Brook University will be well suited for careers in public accounting, private industry, government and not-for-profit accounting. National and local firms are invited to campus each semester to recruit and network with students and faculty. Our annual Student/Firm Accounting Networking Breakfast, which takes place every Fall, is an opportunity for students and firms to meet to discuss internships, mentoring, and full-time opportunities.

Students are required to have an average grade of "B" or higher in all courses. Students will have to obtain a GPA of 3.0 or better by the end of their degree, otherwise the degree will not be granted. 

MBA Learning Goals and Objectives

Requirements for the MBA in Accounting Degree - 36 Credit Track

[All courses are 3 credit courses unless noted]

MBA in Accounting Program Required and Elective Courses

I. Required Coursework

  • ACC 562 Accounting Information Systems
  • ACC 597 Advanced Accounting Problems
  • ACC 596 Financial Accounting Theory
  • ACC 590 Advanced Auditing & Assurance
  • MBA 503 Data Analysis & Decision Making
  • MBA 506 Leadership, Team Effectiveness and Communications
  • MBA 507 Ethics in Management
  • MBA 511 Technological Innovations
  • MBA 512 Business Planning & Strategic Management
  • MBA 522 Industry Project 
  • MBA 543 Business Analytics

II. Accounting Electives

 (Choose one course;
you may substitute  
with an MBA elective)

 

* Elective course options subject to change

  • ACC 542 Accounting for the Small Business Entrepreneur
  • ACC 580 Accounting Capstone
  • ACC 594 Government & Non-Profit Accounting
  • ACC 598 Forensic Accounting
36 credit MBA in Accounting Prerequisites
Applicants will be reviewed on a case by case basis to determine eligibility. Bachelors degree in Business. Minimum of 18 accounting credits to include: Financial, Managerial or Cost, Auditing, and US Federal Income Taxation. Applicants who have not completed US Federal Income Taxation should contact  CoBadmissions@stonybrook.edu for options to meet this requirement.  

Please note that this information is used for advising purposes. Students are required to follow the degree requirements published in the Graduate Bulletin for the semester that they began their program. Students should consult their academic advisor if they have any questions regarding their program requirements.  

Requirements for the MBA in Accounting Degree - 48 Credit Track

[All courses are 3 credit courses unless noted]

MBA in Accounting Program Required Courses

Required Coursework

  • ACC 562 Accounting Information Systems
  • ACC 597 Advanced Accounting Problems
  • ACC 542 Accounting for the Small Business Entrepreneur 
  • ACC 596 Financial Accounting Theory
  • ACC 590 Advanced Auditing & Assurance
  • MBA 502 Finance 
  • MBA 503 Data Analysis & Decision Making
  • MBA 505 Marketing 
  • MBA 506 Leadership, Team Effectiveness and Communications
  • MBA 507 Ethics in Management
  • MBA 511 Technological Innovations
  • MBA 512 Business Planning & Strategic Management
  • MBA 522 Industry Project 
  • MBA 543 Business Analytics
  • MBA 589 Operations Management 
  • MBA 592 Organizational Behavior 
48 credit MBA in Accounting Prerequisites
Applicants will be reviewed on a case by case basis to determine eligibility. Minimum of 18 accounting credits to include: Financial, Managerial or Cost, Auditing, US Federal Income Taxation, and 3 general business credits. Applicants who have not completed US Federal Income Taxation should contact  CoBadmissions@stonybrook.edu for options to meet this requirement.  

Please note that this information is used for advising purposes. Students are required to follow the degree requirements published in the Graduate Bulletin for the semester that they began their program. Students should consult their academic advisor if they have any questions regarding their program requirements. 

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