Accounting, Master of Science

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


Changing financial laws and corporate regulations in addition to greater scrutiny of business finances are fueling the growing demand for accountants. 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts employment in this sector will grow by an impressive 22% by 2018 — outpacing the average growth rates for all occupations.

You can prepare for this flourishing field through the Master’s of Science Degree Program in Accounting at St. John’s University. Offered by the Peter J. Tobin College of Business, the program prepares students for certification as New York State C.P.A.s.

Benefiting from The Tobin College of Business’s New York City location — the nation’s financial capital — graduates secure positions with public accounting firms, corporate management accounting divisions and across the financial services industry.

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Entrance Requirements
Applicants are required to have been an undergraduate business major.

Public accounting firm scholarships are available on a competitive basis.

The Peter J. Tobin College of Business - Office of Graduate Admission
8000 Utopia Parkway
111C Bent Hall
Queens, NY 11439
(718) 990-1345

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Career Outcomes

The Master of Business Administration (M.B.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.B.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
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