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Master of Science 


Program of Study


In your first year in the program, you’ll take introductory accounting courses and gain a solid foundation in general business and management subjects. In your second year, you’ll dive into advanced accounting principles and develop the skills you need to land the job you want.

Prerequisites: Admission to the master’s in accounting program requires the completion of an undergraduate degree, including 3 credits in each of statistics, economics, computer science, and financial accounting.

You may be able to waive up to 10 credits of the curriculum if you previously completed equivalent coursework.


Business Courses

  • Law and the Corporation
  • Law and Business
  • Economic Analysis
  • Marketing Management
  • Financial Management
  • Corporate Financial Problems
  • Organizational Behavior and Managerial Skills
  • Presentation Skills
  • Quantitative Analysis for Business
  • Operations Management
  • Advanced Excel with Visual Basic for Applications
  • Strategic Management

Accounting Courses

  • Theory of Financial Accounting I, II, and III
  • Introduction to Cost Analysis
  • Survey of Taxation
  • Auditing
  • Internal Controls and Financial Information Systems
  • Contemporary Developments in Accounting Thought
  • Research Seminar in Accounting
  • One accounting elective

Additional Information

See the Graduate Bulletin for details.

For more information, contact Dr. Mark Hughes at [email protected].

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This program is approved for licensure or certification in New York State. 
For more information on Professional Licensure Disclosure, please see the Graduate Bulletin.

Career Paths

As a graduate student in accounting at UAlbany, you’ll be able to access special career services offered by the Massry School of Business and connect with recruiters from the Big Four professional services firms (Ernst & Young, Deloitte, KPMG, and PricewaterhouseCoopers).

Graduates of this program are also highly sought after by private corporations such as IBM and government agencies such as the Office of the NYS Comptroller and the Internal Revenue Service.

Sample Jobs Titles

  • Audit Associate
  • Municipal Auditor
  • Program Auditor
  • Staff Accountant

Common areas of practice include auditing, financial management and advising, tax preparation, fiscal analysis, and assistance with business transactions such as mergers and acquisitions. CPAs can also serve as subject matter experts in legal settings.

Becoming a Certified Public Accountant

Public accounting is a regulated profession that requires you to meet certain requirements before you can obtain your license to practice. 

As a certified public accountant (CPA), you’ll be legally authorized to prepare and review financial statements and other fiscal information for corporations, nonprofits, and/or government agencies.

The AACSB-accredited full-time MS in Accounting program at UAlbany meets the education requirements for certified public accountant licensure in New York and qualifies you to apply for the Uniform CPA Examination.  

This comprehensive accounting exam is developed by multiple organizations and required for CPA licensure in all 50 states.

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"The master’s program in accounting helped me start my career as an auditor. I use information I learned in graduate courses in my everyday work – for instance, I use concepts from cost accounting all the time in audit sections such as capitalized software and depreciation, and auditing concepts when I need to test certain aspects of a company’s financial statements."

- Cody Golub, '16, CPA, Eisner Amper, Auditor

Admissions Requirements

Priority Review Deadline 

  • Fall: Not Available
  • Spring: Not Available
  • Summer: Not Available

Departmental Assistantship Consideration

  • Fall: Not Available
  • Spring: Not Available
  • Summer: Not Available

 No Departmental Assistantship Consideration

  • Fall: Not Available
  • Spring: Not Available
  • Summer: Not Available

Admission is suspended for Fall 2024.

Required Application Materials
  • Transcripts from all schools attended
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
    One academic reference is required, however two academic references are preferred
  • Resume
  • Statement of Goals
    The statement is generally one to two pages discussing what you have to offer the program and what you wish to get out of the program.  It should include a brief description of the applicant's field of interest, related background, desired area of study and research emphasis or career goals.
  • GMAT*
    A GMAT waiver is available for current UAlbany undergraduate and graduate students with a GPA of 3.6.
Special Notes

Admission consideration requires students to have an undergraduate degree and completion of a minimum of three credits (one course) in each of the following areas: Financial Accounting, Computer Science, Statistics, and Economics. 

This program is licensure qualifying. Students who have previously been convicted of a felony are advised that their prior criminal history may impede their ability to complete the requirements of certain academic programs and/or to meet licensure requirements for certain professions.  If applicants have concerns about this matter please contact the Dean’s Office of the intended academic program.

Student Learning Objectives

Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.

Master of Science
  • Students will be able to interpret and analyze accounting information for internal control, planning, and performance evaluation.
  • Be able to demonstrate knowledge of the mechanics and concepts of financial reporting.
  • Be able to demonstrate knowledge of the impact of the global business environment on the practice of accounting.
  • Each student will demonstrate an ability to communicate complex technical auditing and accounting issues.
  • Demonstrate an ability to critically analyze a financial reporting situation and devise a cogent argument.
  • Be able to demonstrate an understanding of the ethical responsibilities of accountants and the importance of ethics to the practice of accounting and to the world of business.
  • Be able to demonstrate an understanding of the legal environment of business.