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Accounting, Master of Science

30-33 Credits
The Peter J. Tobin College of Business
Queens Campus, Staten Island Campus, Manhattan Campus, Online


The Master of Science in Accounting (M.S.A.) is designed to help professionals understand the function of accounting within their organizations and in the global marketplace and to relate sophisticated theoretical concepts to practical problems. The demand for specialists in the field of accounting has accelerated dramatically as financial regulations have evolved and will only continue to grow as corporations continue to become more transparent.  Graduates of the M.S.A. program are prepared to leverage their knowledge and skills to become the accounting professionals of the future.

The one-year, 33-credit M.S.A. program fulfills all of the accounting education requirements to sit for the uniform CPA examination and fulfills the education requirements to be licensed as a certified public accountant (CPA) in the State of New York.  Because of our top-tier accreditation, most other states accept the M.S.A. as meeting their education requirements for licensure.  Undergraduate non-business majors should consider the Master of Business Administration in Accounting (M.B.A.) program.  The 69-credit M.B.A. program meets both the accounting and the business education requirements to sit for the uniform CPA examination.  The M.S.A. program continues to build on St. John’s University’s reputation as a premier local, national, and international leader in accounting education.  Our unique relationships provide us with collaborative links to industry and professional groups, as well as affording specialized academic expertise.  Our faculty are well qualified holding doctoral or terminal law (LL.M.) degrees and CPA licenses while several faculty hold additional professional designations.

The M.S.A. is intended to provide students with the specialized technical knowledge in accounting, tax, and auditing that will enable them to enter or advance their careers in the profession of public accountancy or in managerial positions in industry, government and not-for-profit organizations.  The M.S.A. program is offered at our Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island campuses as well as through an electronic platform that enables us to offer the entire program on-line. 

Please see a list of our Accounting and Taxation faculty.


All applicants must possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution or the international equivalent prior to enrollment at the graduate level. Applicants to the M.S. in Accounting program must have been an undergraduate business major.

In addition to the application form and non-refundable application fee candidates should submit the following:

  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate, graduate and professional schools attended
  • Official Graduate Management Admission test (GMAT) scores, taken within the last five years*
  • Typewritten statement of professional goals
  • Current resume
  • Two letters of recommendation, obtained from professional or academic references
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for applicants whose native language is not English

*Students applying to the M.S. in Management of Risk, M.S. in Enterprise Risk Management and M.S. in Investment Management programs may submit the official results from either the GMAT or the GRE. The GRE is not accepted for admission to any other graduate program within the Tobin College of Business.

**Applicants to the M.S. in Taxation program who have passed the CPA exam are permitted to waive the GMAT requirement.

For additional information, please contact:

The Peter J. Tobin College of Business
Office of Graduate Admission
8000 Utopia Parkway
111C Bent Hall
Queens, NY 11439

Concentrations and Endorsements

Career Outcomes

The Master of Science in Accounting (M.S.A.) degree provides the student with broad business knowledge and prepares them for cross-functional decision-making. The curriculum gives the student a deeper understanding of management problems and the business firm’s position in the economic structure of society. The goal of the public accounting concentration is to supplement the M.S.A with a level of technical competence that enables the student to enter and advance in the profession of public accounting.

The program will prepare graduates to:

Demonstrate the ability to apply the competencies of the discipline

  • Identify, measure and summarize financial information
  • Analyze exposures and risks
  • Model data for decision making
  • Communicate and report findings
  • Research technical issues
  • Leverage technology
  • Recognize appropriate professional behavior

Apply business knowledge and skills effectively in a variety of settings

  • Link data, knowledge, and insight from various disciplines to provide information to solve problems and make decisions, demonstrating insight, good judgment, innovation and creativity
  • Demonstrate effective written and oral (including listening) communications skills, and presentation skills targeting internal audiences (e.g. top management, functional managers, and direct report employees)

Demonstrate the ability to make strategic, integrative decisions

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental concepts/principles of core business disciplines and an ability to integrate and apply knowledge that runs across a variety of core business disciplines
  • Formulate managerial and strategic business decisions for a rapidly globalizing business environment
  • Demonstrate development of personal and team-level decision skills, i.e., to secure team participation and “buy-in” for a range of business issues, policies, and strategic decision making activities

Demonstrate an understanding of professional responsibility, ethical obligations, and social awareness

  • Identify the nature, range and scope of ethical considerations and legal ramifications of a business decision and propose a course of action for individuals and firms
  • Describe and give examples of the strategic and managerial challenges of not-for-profit community based organizations, and other charitable service organizations

Demonstrate competency in the global aspects of business

  • Identify local, national and global current events and understand their impact on society and business

Online Learning

Earn Your Degree Online
Pursue your St. John’s degree entirely on your computer. Our fully accredited Online Learning programs uphold the same high- quality academic standards that students experience on campus while allowing the convenience of taking courses electronically. Professors deliver lectures and post assignments via Blackboard, our electronic course management system. Students use it to attend virtual classes, share documents, take exams, and exchange ideas with faculty and classmates.

A Full Academic Experience
You also enjoy the outstanding resources available to all St. John’s students, including:

  • Eligibility for scholarships and financial aid
  • Tuition and fees identical to those for on-campus courses
  • Access to library collections, career services, mentoring, and other academic resources

Contact us for more information about online learning at St. John’s.

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