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 Professional Accounting program 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 program 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 M.S. in Professional Accounting 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.

STEM-OPT Eligibility

The M.S. in Professional Accounting includes four possible tracks. Graduates students holding an F-1 visa who earn the M.S.A. with the Accounting Technology Analytics track or the Evaluation Methodology Advisory track will be eligible for a STEM-OPT extension.


To learn more about the M.S. in Professional Accounting, visit the Fordham website.

Prerequisites

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 Service-based tax course in their undergraduate studies) will have the opportunity to take ACGB 7184 Individual and Business Entity Taxation, for 3 credits.

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 Advanced Corporate Communications, both for 1.5 credits.

Depending on past professional training or academic coursework, the following three-credit prerequisite courses may also be required, in addition to the courses listed above:

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

Curriculum

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. 

Tracks

Students pursuing the M.S. in Professional Accounting may also pursue one of four tracks listed below. Each curriculum exists either as a freestanding certificate program or as a track for students in the M.S. in Accounting program. The curricula may be taken entirely as overlap with the M.S. in Professional Accounting, so that it is possible to complete the program with one of the tracks below without taking any additional coursework. (STEM-OPT eligibility for students holding an F-1 visa is only available to students pursuing the M.S. in Professional Accounting with tracks in Accounting Technology Analytics or in Evaluation Methodology Advisory.)

The four tracks are:

The requirements for each track, when pursued as part of the M.S. in Professional Accounting, are described on the "Tracks" tab.

Accounting Advisory Track

Course Title Credits
Professional Accounting Courses
ACGB 7136International Accounting3
or BLGB 7320 Business Law II
ACGB 7171Auditing of Accounting Systems I3
ACGB 7184Individual and Business Entity Taxation3
TXGB 7035Federal Taxation of Financial Instruments and Transactions3
ACGB 819AValuation and Modeling for Accounting1.5
ACGB 819BModern Financial Analysis1.5
Accounting Advisory Track Courses
ACGB 7125Financial Statement Analysis3
ACGB 7128Advanced Financial Statement Analysis3
ACGB 7176Planning and Managing the Audit3
ACGB 7140Valuation of Intangibles3
ACGB 719JIndustry Analysis and Strategic Planning3
or ACGB 719B Forensic Accounting
Total Credits30

Accounting Technology Analytics Track

Course Title Credits
Professional Accounting Courses
ACGB 7136International Accounting3
or BLGB 7320 Business Law II
ACGB 7171Auditing of Accounting Systems I3
ACGB 7184Individual and Business Entity Taxation3
TXGB 7001Corporate Taxation3
ACGB 7125Financial Statement Analysis3
Accounting Technology Analytics Courses
ACGB 7176Planning and Managing the Audit3
ACGB 719GAudit Data Analytics3
ACGB 719DAccounting Information Systems3
ACGB 7185Data Analytics for Accounting3
Elective Programming Course (other options as approved by advisor)3
Forensic Accounting
R Statistical Programming
Total Credits30

Auditing and Assurance Track

Course Title Credits
Professional Accounting Courses
ACGB 7136International Accounting3
or BLGB 7320 Business Law II
ACGB 7171Auditing of Accounting Systems I3
ACGB 7184Individual and Business Entity Taxation3
TXGB 7001Corporate Taxation3
ACGB 7125Financial Statement Analysis3
Auditing and Assurance Track Courses
ACGB 7176Planning and Managing the Audit3
ACGB 719GAudit Data Analytics3
ACGB 719DAccounting Information Systems3
ACGB 719HIT Audit and Information Assurance3
ACGB 719BForensic Accounting3
or ACGB 719F Accounting Controls
Total Credits30

Evaluation Methodology Advisory Track

Course Title Credits
Professional Accounting Courses
ACGB 7136International Accounting3
or BLGB 7320 Business Law II
ACGB 7171Auditing of Accounting Systems I3
ACGB 7184Individual and Business Entity Taxation3
TXGB 7035Federal Taxation of Financial Instruments and Transactions3
ACGB 819AValuation and Modeling for Accounting1.5
ACGB 819BModern Financial Analysis1.5
Evaluation Methodology Advisory Track Courses
ACGB 7125Financial Statement Analysis3
ACGB 7187Valuation of Intangibles3
ACGB 7176Planning and Managing the Audit3
ACGB 7186Derivatives and Their Accounting3
Elective Course (one of the following options):3
Data Analytics for Accounting
Forensic Accounting
Sustainability Research and Reporting
Total Credits30