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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. 


Course TitleCredits
Required for all MS Students*

BUS 9551

Business Communication I1.5 credits
Program specific, 1.5 credit equivalent business communication instruction approved by the Graduate Curriculum Committee.
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 9730Fundamentals of Microeconomics1.5 credits
ECO 9740Fundamentals of Macroeconomics1.5 credits
FIN 9770Financial Decision Making3 credits
LAW 9800Business Contracts and Law of Corporations4 credits
MGT 9300Management: A Behavioral Approach3 credits
MKT 9703Marketing Management3 credits
STA 9708Applied Statistical Analysis for Business Decisions3 credits
Additional advanced business (Zicklin) courses in areas other than accounting and taxation12.5 credits

CPA Accounting and Taxation Requirements (34 credits)

BUS 9556

Communication for Accounting Managers*3 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.)

*Effective spring 2016.  BUS 9551 replaces BUS 9556, which is not currently offered.

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

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