M.S. in Accounting

“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 in Accounting program at Hunter College is designed for students who have satisfied the academic requirements for an undergraduate degree in accounting. It requires 30 credits (10 courses) to graduate. You can pursue it on a part-time or full-time basis. We offer a flexible course schedule – most courses meet once a week in the evening. Full-time students can complete the program within one year.

The program provides intensive training in accounting research, taxation, auditing, ethics and communication. In addition, the program features advanced coverage of the core topics in accountancy, including financial accounting theory, contemporary issues in accounting, and specialized accounting and business courses in managerial accounting, managerial economics, and accounting information systems. The goal of the program is to increase the students’ technical competency in the accounting field while enhancing their skills in critical thinking, problem solving as well as communication and ethical decision making.

Hunter M.S. graduates regularly assume assurance and tax positions at large accounting firms, including Big Four. Many also work for business, financial, government, and non-profit organizations. Many students currently enrolled in the M.S. program praise its flexible schedule, small class sizes, and convenient location on the Upper East Side of New York City. Additionally, 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 CPA 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.

CPA Qualification

Hunter’s M.S. in Accounting has been approved by the New York State Department of Education as a CPA 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 CPA candidates to have completed 150-credit hours in order to earn the license, although they can sit for the Uniform CPA Examinations with 120-credit hours (click here for details). Graduates of the M.S. program satisfy this 150-credit requirement.

General Program Description

The M.S. program is a 30-credit program consisting of six required courses, two accounting electives, and two non-accounting electives. It can be pursued on a full-time or part-time basis. The accounting faculty within the Economics Department at Hunter College has established a record of teaching excellence, with combined teaching experience of over 60 years, and has produced accounting research of the highest quality.