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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 credits
CIS 9001Information Systems for Managers I1.5 credits
ECO 9730*Firms in the Global Economy1.5 credits
ECO 9740Fundamentals of Macroeconomics1.5 credits
FIN 9770**Corporate Finance3 credits
LAW 9800Business Contracts and Law of Corporations4 credits
MGT 9300Management: A Behavioral Approach3 credits
MKT 9703Marketing Management3 credits
STA 9708***Managerial Statistics3 credits
Additional advanced business (Zicklin) courses in areas other than accounting and taxation12.5 credits

CPA Accounting and Taxation Requirements (34 credits)

ACC 9112Financial Accounting: Intensive3 credits
ACC 9804Intermediate Financial Accounting4 credits
ACC 9805Advanced Financial Accounting4 credits
ACC 9811Managerial Accounting Theory and Practice4 credits
ACC 9818Auditing and Accounting Information Systems3 credits
ACC 9821Auditing4 credits
TAX 9861Federal Income Taxation: Theory and Practice3 credits
TAX 9878Taxation of Business Entities3 credits
At least two electives to be selected from the following:
ACC 9806Financial Statement Analysis and Reporting3 credits
ACC 9810Current Topics in Financial Accounting3 credits
ACC 9815Advanced Managerial Accounting3 credits
ACC 9993

Special Topics in Accountancy

(Formerly ACC 9901)

3 credits
To achieve the minimum of 30 credits required to earn the MS in accountancy, students with baccalaureate degrees in accountancy who have taken equivalent courses 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.)

* Formerly Eco 9730 Fundamentals of Microeconomics; new course title effective Spring 2017.

** Formerly Fin 9770 Financial Decision making; new course title effective Spring 2017.

*** Formerly STA 9708 Applied Statistical Analysis for Business Decisions; new course title effective Spring 2017.

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