Accounting, Master of Science
The Master of Science in Accounting (M.S.A.) from The Peter J. Tobin College of Business is designed to help professionals understand the function of accounting within the global marketplace and related to 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 strive to become more transparent. Graduates of the program are prepared to leverage their education and skills to become accounting professionals in the future.
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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
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