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Accounting, Master of Science

Department of Accountancy


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.

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The one-year, 33-credit M.S.A. program, offered on campus and online, 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. 


I. Professional Curriculum (30 credits)

ACC 615*† Financial Reporting: Concepts and ApplicationsACC 630*† Financial Reporting: Special Topics
ACC 620† Global Managerial Accounting IACC 638†  Business Entities and Combinations
ACC 622   Global Managerial Accounting IIACC 639†  Governments and Not-for-Profits
AIS 623† Auditing: Concepts and ApplicationsTAX 610†  Individual Tax Planning
AIS 624   Information Technology AuditingTAX 635    Business Tax Planning

II. Accounting Electives

ACC 600 Financial Statement Analysis I
AIS 660 Fraud Examination I
ACC 601 Financial Statement Analysis IIAIS 661 Fraud Examination II
ACC 605 Internship in Accounting, Assurance and Advisory ServicesAIS 662 Accounting Information: Governance and Audit
ACC 606 Internship in Accounting, Assurance and Advisory Services IAIS 663 Accounting Information: Systems Development and Operations
ACC 607 Internship in Accounting, Assurance and Advisory Services IIAIS 664 Accounting Information: Cybersecurity
ACC 608 Internship in Accounting, Assurance and Advisory Services IIIAIS 665 Accounting Information: Protection of Assets
ACC 621 ControllershipAIS 666 Accounting Information: IT Risks and Controls
ACC 626 Forensic Accounting PrinciplesAIS 667 Accounting Information: Enterprise Resource Planning
ACC 627 Business ValuationsAIS 668 Accounting Information: Analytics and Forensics
AIS 628 Internal AuditingACC 670 Accounting for Healthcare Entities
AIS 629 International AuditingACC 671 Investment Company Accounting, Reporting, and Audit
ACC 632 Critique of Accounting TheoryACC 681 Sustainability Accounting and Reporting
ACC 633 Specialized Accounting PracticesACC 684 Advanced Income Tax Accounting and Financial Reporting
ACC 635 Derivatives and Other Financial InstrumentsAIS 685 Advanced Internal Auditing
ACC 636 Accounting for Financial InstitutionsAIS 686 Developing and Managing an Internal Audit Function
ACC 640 SEC Accounting PracticeACC 690 Seminar in Financial Accounting Research
ACC 650 Global Insurance Accounting IERM 601 Foundations of Enterprise Risk Management
ACC 651 Global Insurance Accounting IIERM 602 Operational Risk Management
ACC 654 International Financial Reporting IERM 603 Culture, Leadership, and Governance Risk
ACC 655 International Financial Reporting IIERM 705 Strategic Risk Analysis and Tools
ACC 656 Analysis of Foreign Financial Statements 

III. Capstone Course (3 credits)

AIS 625 Accounting Ethics and Professionalism

*      Requires one-hour workshop
†      In lieu of the above, undergraduate accounting majors may select elective accounting courses see list of accounting electives.


Application Requirements
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:

  • Statement of professional goals and resume which can be uploaded as part of the  application for admission
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate, graduate and professional schools attended. International Applicants to programs in Accounting and Taxation must have a Graduate Admissions evaluation completed by AEQUO.
  • Official GMAT or GRE scores, taken within the last five years*
  • 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

*MS applicants may be eligible for a GMAT/GRE waiver with a cumulative 3.25 GPA or higher.  To be considered for the waiver, please submit the online application, all transcripts, and resume. International Students should also submit the foreign credit evaluation and TOEFL/IELTS scores.  Once complete, please email [email protected] to request waiver consideration.

For additional information, please contact:

The Peter J. Tobin College of Business
Office of Graduate Admission
8000 Utopia Parkway
Suite 114 
Queens, NY 11439
[email protected]


Concentrations and Endorsements

In addition to our licensure-qualifying CPA accounting concentration, the M.S.A. enables students to select from a wide range of concentrations, such as, internal auditing and risk advisory services; information systems’ audit and control; enterprise risk management; forensic accounting and fraud examination; controllership; international financial reporting and assurance; financial services industry reporting and analysis; and accounting research. 

The M.S.A. program and concentrations have been endorsed by such professional organizations as the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) through its Internal Audit Educational Partnership (IAEP), the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE); the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA); the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA); as well as bythe Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) as having a model curriculum.  The Accounting and Taxation faculty is recognized for its participation by the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants.  The accounting program is separately accredited by the AACSB-International-The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.  St. John’s is one of 187 universities world-wide that has achieved the distinction of having separately accredited accounting and business programs.

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 M.S.A. 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

Faculty Program Director

Victoria L Shoaf

Professor, Department of Accountancy

For additional information on the Master of Science in Accounting, please contact the faculty program director:

Victoria L Shoaf,
The Peter J. Tobin College of Business, Room 442
[email protected]