MSA Program Faculty Director Heidi Tribunella in the atrium of Rush Rhees Library.

A master’s in accounting beyond the numbers.

Ready to grow your career? Led by some of the world’s best professors, our 150-credit-hour compliant graduate accounting degree educationally qualifies you to sit for the New York State CPA exam—but goes far beyond ordinary test preparation. For information about qualifying in other states please click here.

Why Simon?

Simon is a recognized leader in accounting, economics, and finance. Under the guidance of our esteemed faculty, you’ll gain deeper insights into the future of auditing, regulations, and financial analysis.

Acclaimed Curriculum

Driven by our acclaimed curriculum, Simon’s MS in Accountancy program routinely draws students who excel in business, economics, or accounting.

STEM Designation

STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) skills are becoming increasingly important in today’s data-driven business environment. A STEM-designated MS in Accountancy degree from Simon signals program quality and analytical rigor to employers and also allows international students up to 36 months of optional practical training (OPT) in a STEM-eligible role.

Real-World Experience

Choose between two study tracks: graduate after two semesters on our non-internship track, or choose the expanded internship option to gain real-world experience that can help you excel. We also provide hands-on, experiential learning opportunities to help you gain new perspectives.

Integrated Student Experience

The Jay S. and Jeanne Benet Career Management Center and the Office of Student Engagement (OSE) are important professional resources for Accountancy students. We strive to connect you to the right career opportunities with leading employers who value the Simon approach to graduate marketing education. You’ll also find a wealth of co-curricular opportunities that will enhance your student experience, like our range of student clubs. From social to academic, there’s something for everyone.


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Advanced Certificate of Achievement in Tax

Develop proficiency in US taxation, regulation, accounting, and strategy by exploring tax planning opportunities, the US federal tax system, and federal tax code. This certificate is exclusively available to MS in Accountancy students.

Complement your master’s program.  Distinguish yourself in the job market. 

Acquire specialized knowledge and skills without extending your time to graduation. 

Deadline Extended:

May 24

We are accepting applications for 2024 entry! At Simon we have rolling admissions, which means you can apply at any point in an application round and applications are read as they are received. If you apply earlier in a round, you're likely to receive your decision before the notification deadline for the round you're applying. We look forward to reviewing your candidacy!

  • Apply for free by May 24*
  • Merit-based scholarships available
  • Flexible application requirements – check out our application checklist for details
  • MS applicants are guaranteed a minimum $10,000 scholarship if admitted

*By 11:59 p.m. EST

If you are an international student and you do not currently have a student visa, please note that there are time sensitivities surrounding the visa process. We encourage you to work through the application with urgency. If you have questions or would like to discuss your individual candidacy or next steps, reach out to us at

Chat with an admissions counselor before you apply!

Members of our Admissions team are eager to connect with you to answer your questions about Simon's MS in Accountancy program, help you navigate the application process, explore scholarship eligibility, provide insight into the Simon experience and life in Rochester, and more. Schedule a chat at your earliest convenience—we look forward to connecting with you!

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Position yourself for success with an MSA degree from an industry-leading accountancy program.


In addition to qualifying you to sit for the New York State CPA exam, an MS accounting degree from Simon signals to employers you have gained deeper insights into auditing, regulations, and financial analysis. You can also rely on the Benet Career Management Center to offer co-curricular programming to support your career search.

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IMPORTANT NOTICE: The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy 
(NASBA) is no longer releasing school specific pass rates for the CPA  
exam due to a major overhaul of the CPA Exam during the CPA Evolution 
project. No word has been received  on when school-specific pass rates will be 
made available again.

Employment Overview:
MS in Accountancy


Explore Class of 2022 career outcomes for MS in Accountancy graduates or download the MS Career Highlights report to learn more about what our graduates are doing. 

Career Paths Career Highlights


of job-seeking graduates accepted employment within 6 months of graduation


Mean Base Salary

for graduates employed in North America 

Applying to Simon’s MSA Program

Our Admissions staff takes the time to get to know each MS applicant personally. We encourage you to reach out to us early to help you strengthen your application and identify scholarship opportunities. In addition to the deadlines below, we also accept applications on a rolling basis. The sooner you apply in any of the rounds, the sooner you’ll hear back from us.

Fall 2024 Deadlines

*by 11:59 p.m. ET.

Round Application Window Deadline* Decision By*
Round 1 August 25–October 15 October 15 December 15
Round 2 October 16–January 5 January 5 March 31
Round 3 January 6–February 15 February 15 April 20
Round 4 February 16–March 31 March 31 May 15
Round 5 April 1–May 1 May 1 June 15


Learn About Admissions

4+1 Accountancy Program

If you’re a current University of Rochester undergraduate business student pursuing the Accounting Track, consider our 4+1 Accountancy Program. In addition to the other benefits offered to U of R undergrads who apply to Simon, advantages of the 4+1 include:

Beginning graduate courses early.
If you’re admitted as a junior, you’ll have access to graduate level courses in your senior year that count toward your undergraduate degree.

Completing an internship.
Some students choose to complete an internship between senior year and the beginning of the MS in Accountancy program to aid them in their future job search.

Flexible electives.
Opting in to the 4+1 Program early in your undergraduate study may give you more options in substituting electives during the MS program.

"Jiawei Song Simon MS in Accountancy"

The well-designed curriculum of the accountancy program not only better prepared me for the CPA exam, but it also enabled me to think more critically and comprehensively as an accounting professional.

  • Jiawei (Christina) Song ’18
  • Leadership Experience Program Trainee
  • Mars, Incorporated

"Jacob Wittig Simon MS in Accountancy"

One of my favorite classes at Simon was Programming for Analytics. This was a great opportunity for me to get exposure to programming that I did not have much of before. Technology will be part of my future, so learning more and being challenged will now be beneficial in the long run.

  • Jacob Wittig ’20
  • Audit Associate
  • PwC