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Graduate Bulletin Homepage |School of Business | Professional Accountancy Master of Science Degree

Master of Science in Professional Accountancy

The one-year M.S. in Professional Accountancy (MS-PA) program is designed to help prepare students for the complex, challenging and competitive world of business and accounting. This one-year program enables students to continue their accounting studies in a graduate format. The program builds on students' undergraduate education and leads to a greater degree of accounting sophistication.

Attracting students from a variety of backgrounds, the MS-PA one-year program is designed to meet a wide range of educational needs. Students study advanced accounting topics designed to provide them with a broad perspective on the environment (economic, tax, financial) in which accounting operates.

Admission to the program requires an undergraduate degree in accounting. The University at Albany School of Business accepts both full-time as well as part-time students into the MS-PA one-year program.

The Curriculum
A typical program for a student accepted into full-time graduate study requires the completion of 30 credits. Most students complete the course work in one-year, others study part-time and complete the program in two or more years. Courses required to graduated from this program include:

Course #

Course Description


ACC 522

Statistical Methods for Forensic Accounting and Assurance


ACC 552

Financial Statement Fraud and Corporate Governance


FIN 603

Securities, Markets and Financial Institutions


ACC 611

Contemporary Developments in Accounting Thought


ACC 615

Financial Statement Analysis


ACC 630

Advanced Cost Management


FIN 635

Corporate Financial Problems


ACC 680

Research Seminar in Accounting



Accounting Elective



Business Elective



Total Credits


Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to petition the State Licensing Board for a waiver of one year of work-experience, a component necessary for certified public accountant (CPA) licensure in New York State. The MS-PA program is registered with the Division of Professional Education of the State Education Department of New York and meets the 150- semester credit hour education requirement. In addition our program is accredited by the AACSB, as are all of our Accounting Programs. Very few accounting programs across the country have gained this distinction.


Last updated on 3/3/2010