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Accounting - M.S.

Our MS Accounting program is 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 MS Accounting degree?

Demand for accounting professionals, especially those with advanced degrees with skills in business analytics, is very high. With the advancement of financial technology, demand for skilled accountants in a variety of industries has only increased. Having an accounting degree leading to a CPA is the gold standard that shows you’re serious about succeeding in the accounting profession.

Open to all college graduates with sufficient business classes, this 30-credit, one-year online MS Accounting 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.

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.

What Will You Learn?

Whether you’re a professional with accounting experience who wants to advance in their career, or a graduate in a different field, the MS Accounting program is appropriate for you. This program is ideal for non-accounting business majors who are seeking to pursue their CPA.

Online Flexibility with High Interaction

The master of science in accounting program is online for maximum flexibility, with both asynchronous course content and weekly “live” virtual sessions for real-time interaction with faculty and other students. This means you’ll receive the same high interaction teaching from our excellent faculty who teach our established on-campus Professional Accounting MBA program.

This program builds on the excellence of the AACSB-accredited O’Malley School of Business and the strengths of its accounting faculty and undergraduate accounting programs to meet the needs of professionals and graduates who wish to enter the accounting profession. We constantly update our curriculum to meet the needs of the ever-changing accounting profession. In fact, our program is designed to align with likely changes in 2024 to the CPA exam, providing updated skills in data analytics, critical thinking, and decision-making.

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

Admissions Requirements

Review the requirements and application process for this graduate program.

  • 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.

What Will You Do?