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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.  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.  

Qualified students will take a prescribed 30 credits, all taught by leading College of Business faculty.  The MS in Accounting can be completed in as little as 1 year attending full-time. Students may also choose to attend part-time taking advantage of a flexible schedule.

Students are required to maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA throughout their academic program. 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. 

The program can be completed full time in two semesters or part-time over the course of several semesters. For more information and for details on how to apply please e-mail the Graduate Program Coordinator at   COBgraduate@stonybrook.edu.

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

  • MBA 506 Leadership, Team Effectiveness & Communications
  • ACC 543 Corporate Governance
  • ACC 590 Advanced Auditing & Assurance
  • ACC 594 Government & Non-Profit Accounting
  • ACC 597 Advanced Accounting Problems
  • MBA 507 Ethics in Management
  • ACC 562 Accounting Information Systems
  • ACC 596 Financial Accounting Theory
  • ACC 598 Forensic Accounting
  • ACC 580 Accounting Capstone

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.