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Master of Science in Accounting

The College of Business offers a Master of Science in Accounting Degree. The MS in Accounting is a program suited for accounting professionals who seek to advance their accounting skills, as well as students with a background in business management and accounting, such as the Stony Brook College of Business Accounting Minor, or students who majoring in accounting at another institution.  Students in this program would strengthen their accounting education and through the additional credits, achieve eligibility to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in New York State. 

To qualify to take the Uniform Certified Public Accounting (CPA) examination, and to ultimately become a licensed CPA in New York State, students must have 150 total credit hours including 33 credits in accounting, and 36 credits in general business.  This program satisfies these requirements in conjunction with the Stony Brook University undergraduate business degree and accounting minor.  

For students who majoring in accounting at another university, this program will provide the additional credits necessary to reach the 150 hours as well as the additional accounting credits to reach the 33 credit requirement. 

Qualified students will take a prescribed 30 credits (10 classes) in the accounting area, all taught by leading College of Business accounting faculty.  The program includes a capstone experience class which requires students to complete an accounting industry based class that focuses on contemporary issues in financial accounting, auditing and regulation.  The class is team taught by three accounting professors. 

The program can be completed full time in two semesters or part time over the course of several semesters, and it must be started in the Fall semester.  For more information and for details on how to apply please e-mail the Graduate Program Coordinator at

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. 

MS in Accounting Learning Goals and Objectives 

Requirements for the MS in Accounting Degree

[All courses are 3 credit courses]

MS in Accounting Program Required Courses for all Students

I. Fall Semester

  • MBA 506 Leadership, Team Effectiveness & Communications
  • ACC 542 Accounting for the Small Business Entrepreneur
  • ACC 590 Advanced Auditing & Assurance
  • ACC 594 Government & Non-Profit Accounting
  • ACC 597 Advanced Accounting Problems

II. Spring Semester

  • MBA 507 Ethics and Law
  • ACC 562 Accounting Information Systems
  • ACC 596 Financial Accounting Theory
  • ACC 598 Forensic Accounting
  • ACC 580 Accounting Capstone


Prerequisite Course Requirements

(SBU Accounting Minor)

All prerequisites must be completed to earn the MS in Accounting.  

Prerequisites can be taken at other universities, but the courses will need to be reviewed for  equivalency.

I. Accounting Coursework

  • ACC 210 Financial Accounting
  • ACC 214 Managerial Cost Analysis and Applications
  • ACC 310 Intermediate Accounting I
  • ACC 313 Intermediate Accounting II
  • ACC 311 Federal Income Taxation I
  • ACC 314 Federal Income Taxation II
  • ACC 400 External Auditing
  • BUS 325 Legal Environment of Business or POL 319 Business Law
  • 30 Business Credits
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