Prepare for a Professional Career in Accounting
If you want to become a certified public accountant but didn’t earn a bachelor’s degree in accounting, the 21-month MS in Accounting program at UAlbany can help you achieve your goal.
Designed for students with no prior background in accounting or business, this cohort-based program includes four semesters of full-time study that fulfill the education criteria required to obtain initial licensure as a certified public accountant in New York State. (A part-time/evening option is also available for this program).
Coursework covers management fundamentals, in-depth study of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), and practical training in contemporary accounting software and emerging technologies. Advanced topics include liabilities, assets, and income tax; auditing and internal controls; and budgeting and cost-profit analysis. In your last semester, you complete an academic research seminar.
The Master of Science in Accounting program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). This program is registered with the Division of Professional Education of the State Education Department of New York and meets the 150-hour education requirement for initial accounting licensure.
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.
- 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
- Theory of Financial Accounting I, II, and III
- Introduction to Cost Analysis
- Survey of Taxation
- Internal Controls and Financial Information Systems
- Contemporary Developments in Accounting Thought
- Research Seminar in Accounting
- One accounting elective
This program is approved for licensure or certification in New York State and the institution has not made a determination regarding the educational requirements for any other state.
As a graduate student in accounting at UAlbany, you’ll be able to access special career services offered by the 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.
Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.
- 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.