“Accounting information is central to the functioning of international capital markets and to managing small businesses, conducting effective government, understanding business processes, and raising and addressing questions about how economic decisions are made. Those persons educated and trained in accounting skills are…essential to the flow of financial information supporting economic activity.”
Pathways Commission on Accounting Higher Education: Charting a National Strategy for the Next Generation of Accountants, 2012

The Master of Science (M.S.) in Accounting program at Hunter College is designed for students who have satisfied the academic requirements for an undergraduate degree in accounting.

  • The program requires 30 credits (10 courses) to graduate.
  • The program can be on a part-time or full-time basis.
  • The program offers a flexible course schedule, and most courses meet once a week in the evening.
  • Full-time students can complete the program within one year.

    Hunter M.S. graduates regularly assume assurance and tax positions at large accounting firms, including the “Big Four” Accounting Firms.

    • Many graduates also work for business, financial, government, and non-profit organizations.
    • The program’s professors are knowledgeable industry experts.
    • Networking opportunities are enhanced through a variety of social and professional events.
    • Students in the M.S. program also have achieved high pass-rates on the C.P.A. exam.
    • According to recent data compiled by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy, Hunter College graduates are ranked #3 in New York City.

    Certified Public Accountant (C.P.A.) Exam

    • Hunter’s M.S. in Accounting has been approved by the New York State Department of Education as a C.P.A. licensure-qualifying program for students who have earned a B.S. in Accounting at Hunter College or an equivalent undergraduate program.
    • Since August 2009, New York State has required all C.P.A. candidates to have completed 150-credit hours in order to earn the license, although they can sit for the Uniform C.P.A. Examination with 120-credit hours. (Click here for details.)
    • Graduates of the M.S. program satisfy the 150-credit requirement.
    • The M.S. program is a 30-credit program consisting of:
      • six required courses,
      • two accounting electives, and
      • two non-accounting electives.