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Accountancy Curriculum

Simon Business School's MS in Accountancy Program has been designed to be completed by students with undergraduate backgrounds in business, economics, or accounting. Students with backgrounds in business or economics are able to complete our program within one academic year, the same length of time as a student with a background in accounting. Students with an accounting undergraduate degree may substitute other courses in place of similar courses that they have taken at the undergraduate level. Students will work with the faculty director of the MS in Accountancy Program to tailor their program to best fit their needs but still qualify for the New York State CPA exam.

MS in Accountancy students are qualified to sit for the CPA examination in New York State and obtain subsequent licensure. Qualifying for the CPA examination in New York State will also allow you to be qualified for many other states. Students seeking to qualify for the CPA in other states can work with the faculty director of the MS in Accountancy program to determine if any other coursework is required for the particular state in which they would like to qualify.

Get more information on the Full-Time MS in Accountancy Program in the course catalog.

Study Tracks

Full-Time MS in Accountancy students have two available tracks for the completion of their studies:

  • Non-internship track
  • Internship track

While an internship is not required, and there is no guarantee of placement, we encourage students to consider the value that internships offer their graduate education.

Program Requirements

Because of the personalized nature of the program, each student will work with an academic advisor to select courses to meet the degree requirements and also meet the requirement to sit for the CPA.

Note: This chart reflects the 2019-20 academic schedule. This is subject to change.

fall semester
fall a
fall b
BPP432 Basic Business Law
GBA464 Programming for Analytics
GBA462R Core Statistics for MS Students Using R
ACC436* Research into Professional Accounting Standards
ACC423 Financial Reporting I
ACC410 Managerial Accounting and Performance Measurement
ACC417 Auditing
ACC419 Positive Accounting Research Concepts and Empirical Analysis Tools
MCG461 Professional Communications (4 credits)
spring semester
spring a
spring b
ACC438 Auditing II – Auditing and Information Systems
ACC437 Basic Federal Income Tax Accounting
ACC411 Applied Financial Statement Analysis with Data Analytics
ACC440 Basic Income Tax – Business Entities and Gift/Estate Taxes
ACC439 Accounting Analytics for Forensics
ACC418 Taxes and Business Strategy
ACC424 Financial Reporting II

All courses are 2.5 credit-hours unless otherwise noted.

The program of study for the MSA degree is a lock-step program that meets all the requirements for a STEM certified program.

*Internship track

  • MSA students in the internship track will NOT take ACC436 in Fall A but will take ACC436 the following Fall A as their last class. There are no exceptions for this course.
  • ACC436 can be taken remotely, however all students are required to return to campus for the last 3 hours of lecture and the final exam. Failure to attend both will result in a failing grade.
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