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Accounting - M.S.

This program is offered 100% online for maximum flexibility, with both asynchronous and weekly “live” virtual sessions to interact in real time with faculty and other students.

Why Choose an Online Master of Science in Accounting?

Accounting professionals with advanced degrees are in high demand, especially as financial technology continues to develop. Our fully online Master of Science in Accounting program allows flexibility in completing asynchronous content and weekly “live” virtual sessions with our world-class faculty and fellow accounting students. You will be prepared for the Certified Public Accounting exam by the New York State Board for Public Accountancy, which approves our accounting program. Our program also reflects the changes coming in 2024 to the CPA exam providing updated skills in data analytics, critical thinking, and decision-making.

Open to all college graduates with sufficient business classes, this 30-credit, one-year online program prepares you for the CPA exam through our licensure qualifying curriculum. Taken full time, the program consists of 10 courses taken over two semesters and one summer session. The program also may be taken part time.

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I was referred to Andersen by a former classmate who got her job through a Manhattan alumnus who has a strong relationship with the school/professors. To say the accounting network at Manhattan College is deep is an understatement and it is one of the best assets to a student of accounting.

Gino Giglio '16 '17 (MBA), Manager at Andersen in the Private Client Services Group

In One Year, Jumpstart a Career in Accounting

The O'Malley MS Accounting program is designed to prepare you with the knowledge and skills you’ll need to take your career to the next level and enter the exciting field of professional accounting. The program will deliver the cutting edge skills in auditing, tax, data analytics and forensic accounting you need to prepare you for the CPA exam and jobs for major accounting firms. An MS Accounting degree at Manhattan College prepares you for roles such as financial analyst, corporate treasurer, controller, auditor, or financial consultant.

Faculty don’t simply teach in a classroom or online; students are given hands-on learning opportunities they would need to advance in their chosen field. MS Accounting online candidates may receive funding to support research projects with faculty, prepare journal articles for publication, and submit paper presentations at conferences. 

Internships are available during the summer or each academic semester, and there is the chance to travel globally to places like Dubai (UAE), Paris, Peru, and India to learn about international businesses and corporations. Our online Master of Science accounting students can also compete at the annual Beta Alpha Psi Leadership Conference.

  • Professional Opportunities

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    New York City has been referred to as the “financial capital of the world,” and our alumni have helped make it so. For decades, Manhattan College alumni have been hired by Andersen, PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG, Ernst & Young (EY), and Deloitte  accounting firms which are often referred to as the 'Big 4'  as well as other top financial firms. At these and other companies, students also frequently secure competitive internships.

    Once you have earned your Master of Science in Accounting and are on your way to being a CPA, you will be ready for job opportunities such as financial analyst, corporate treasurer, controller, auditor, or financial consultant. These roles require the in-depth business knowledge that business leaders will be seeking.

  • Join An Enthusiastic Community

    Our small classes and welcoming campus will give you the best chance in New York City to form close ties with your classmates and support each other in your journey towards a Master of Science in Accounting.  Manhattan College also has many academic clubs and organizations where you can network, meet alumni, and practice the skills outside the classroom. Such social and professional opportunities allow our students to flourish in our academic program and after graduation.
  • Find Learning That Matches Your Lifestyle

    Our Master of Science in Accounting program is entirely online, with asynchronous content and weekly “live” virtual sessions. It is ideal for anyone looking to obtain their Master’s while working full-time. At the same time, students preparing to graduate from Manhattan College with a Bachelor’s in Accounting could also enroll in our online Master’s program while completing their undergraduate degree. 

    This program can be completed in one year, with classes taken full time in the fall, spring and summer semesters.

  • Build Valuable Skills

    The courses in the Master of Science in Accounting focus on auditing, computer systems analysts, credit manager, internal accountant and forensic accounting. Our program also reflects the changes coming in 2024 to the CPA exam providing updated skills in data analytics, critical thinking, and decision-making. 
  • Admission Requirements

    Applicants to the M.S. Accounting online program: 

    • Must have undergraduate bachelor’s degree (4-year degree or equivalent) from an accredited college or university is required to apply to the M.S. Accounting online program. 
    • Should have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.0 scale) and must have at least 36 semester hours of business classes (meeting the General Business Content Areas requirement of the Professional Accountancy standards). Introductory Financial Accounting and Introductory Managerial Accounting are also required, which can be taken at Manhattan College online during summer session prior to entering the program. 

    Required Documents

    The following documents are required when submitting an application, in addition to a $75 non-refundable application fee:

    • Application form
    • Official Transcript(s)
    • A resume that includes examples of academic, co-curricular and extracurricular achievement, which can be used to assess personal qualities and ability to complete the program.
    • Two letters of recommendation attesting to the applicant’s intellectual ability, leadership potential and ability to complete the program.
    • Official GMAT or GRE  equivalent score of at least 500 is preferred (waivers may apply). 

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  • Program Requirements: MS Accounting

    The curriculum for this 10-course, 30-credit program is: 

    Core courses (five required courses)

    COURSE Name credits Earned
    ACCT 601: Intermediate Financial Accounting 3
    ACCT 602: Accounting Information Systems 3
    ACCT 603: Federal Income Tax 3
    ACCT 604: Advanced Financial Accounting 3
    ACCT 605: Auditing and Assurance Services 3

    Electives (students may select five of the following courses):

    ACCT 607: Tax for Business Entities 3
    ACCT 608: Accounting Theory and Research 3
    ACCT 609: IT Auditing 3
    ACCT 610: Government and NFP Accounting 3
    ACCT 611: Tax Research 3
    ACCT 612: Forensic Accounting, Fraud Examination and Ethics 3
    MBA 601: Internship (Accounting) 3
    For students who have a strong accounting background (e.g. having an accounting minor), up to two core courses can be substituted with other MBA-level courses subject to approval by the program coordinator.

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    Faculty have walked in the same shoes as the Master of Science in Accounting students and have had careers students aspire to have. They have worked for New York’s esteemed financial firms in positions including CPA-certified accountants, data engineers, and business attorneys. Along with helping you earn your advanced accounting degree, the faculty can teach you about viewing accounting from different angles, including the intersection of law, economics, and supply chain responsibility. They are also here to assist you in your career development.