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The Master of Science in Accountancy is designed for students with bachelor’s degrees in business areas, including accounting. The program equips students with the necessary tools to effectively interpret and use accounting and financial information. It meets the standards adopted by The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International - for special accreditation of accounting programs and the August 1, 2009, 150 credit hour requirements to sit for the NY State CPA exam. In addition to these benefits, the program also provides opportunities to develop “soft skills” in order to readily be able to communicate in CPA firms. Students with many course waivers must complete a minimum of 30 credits overall to receive the MS degree.  Students with non-business undergraduate degrees can also apply, but are encouraged to consider the MBA accounting major which also meets the CPA requirements. 


English Language Proficiency
Students who completed their undergraduate education in a non-English speaking country will be required to take non-credit bearing modules in Grammar Troubleshooting and American English Pronunciation offered by the Division of Continuing and Professional Studies. These modules may be waived based on a waiver exam. The modules are not required for students who completed a four-year degree in an English-speaking country.
General Business Requirements (36 credits)
Students with appropriate background will be able to reduce the number of required credits in general business requirements, with the exception of BUS 9557.
BUS 9557Managerial Skills for Accountancy Professionals (not subject to waiver)3
CIS 9001*Information Systems for Managers I1.5
ECO 9730Firms in the Global Economy1.5
ECO 9740Fundamentals of Macroeconomics1.5
FIN 9770Corporate Finance3
LAW 9800Business Contracts and Law of Corporations4
MGT 9300**Management: A Behavioral Approach3
MKT 9703Marketing Management3
STA 9708Managerial Statistics3
Additional advanced business (Zicklin) courses in areas other than accounting and taxation12.5

CPA Accounting and Taxation Requirements (34 credits)

ACC 9112Financial Accounting: Intensive3
ACC 9804Intermediate Financial Accounting4
ACC 9805Advanced Financial Accounting4
ACC 9811Managerial Accounting Theory and Practice4
ACC 9818Auditing and Accounting Information Systems3
ACC 9821Auditing4
TAX 9861Federal Income Taxation: Theory and Practice3
TAX 9878Taxation of Business Entities3
At least two electives to be selected from the following:
ACC 9806Financial Statement Analysis and Reporting3
ACC 9810Current Topics in Financial Accounting3
ACC 9815Advanced Managerial Accounting3

ACC 9993***

(formerly ACC 9901)

Special Topics in Accountancy (may be taken more than once with different topics)

To achieve the minimum of 30 credits required to earn the MS in accountancy, students with baccalaureate degrees in accountancy who have taken courses equivalent to those listed above and earned a grade of B or better may choose electives from among any Zicklin graduate courses for which the prerequisites have been met.  (This does not include courses on the list of general business requirements that have been waived.)

*CIS 9001 has been phased out of the curriculum. Students will replace with CIS 9000 which is worth 3 credits. 

**MGT 9300 has been phased out of the curriculum. Students will replace with MGT 9301 which is worth 3 credits.

***May take more than once with different topis; topics may include: forensic accounting, advanced auditing, cases in business/accounting.

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