Professional Accounting (M.S.)

The technical skills you need.
The experience employers want.

These days, the right technical skills and certifications are just the minimum. Employers seek candidates who also have proven their ability to apply accounting knowledge to real-world situations.

For that reason, the Gabelli School Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) curriculum features interactive learning experiences, requiring students to perform in circumstances that mimic current working conditions. Communication, presentation, and critical-thinking skills receive special emphasis, while internships ensure that students graduate with the experience that top-tier firms are looking for.

The Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) offers two schedule choices; a one-year full-time program and a part-time program spread over a longer time frame. The part-time program is ideal for professionals who don’t want to leave their jobs while they pursue a degree.

CPA Certification

The MSA may supplement an undergraduate degree in public accounting to meet the 150-credit-hour educational requirement for the New York State CPA examination. Because undergraduate accounting programs vary, however, please visit the National Association of State Boards of Accounting website to make certain this holds true for your specific bachelor’s degree.

To learn more about the MS in Accounting, visit the Fordham website.


M.S. candidates who have not had any professional training or academic coursework using basic U.S. tax concepts (for example, those who have not taken an U.S. Internal Revenue-based tax course in their undergraduate studies) will have the opportunity to take ACGB 7184 Individual and Business Entity Taxation.

Degree candidates whose native language is not English and who have not completed an undergraduate or graduate program in the United States or United Kingdom will have the opportunity to take MSGB 809A Adv Pres and Public Speaking and MSGB 809B Adv Corporate Communications

Please note: The 3-credit course and both 1.5-credit courses listed above should be taken during the first semester. This may increases the number of credits taken prior to completing the M.S. but these courses add significant value.


The M.S. in Professional Accounting is a 30-credit program consisting of the courses below. 

Course Title Credits
ACGB 7125Financial Statement Analysis3
ACGB 7136International Accounting3
ACGB 7160Internal Reporting & Control3
ACGB 7176Planning and Managing the Audit3
TXGB 7001Corporate Taxation3
TXGB 7010Federal Research and Procedures3
Three advanced-level Tax or Accounting courses. 19
One advanced-level business course 23
Total Credits30

Recommendations for electives should be determined in conjunction with the program's academic advisor.