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Master of Science in Professional Accounting

Master of Science in Accounting

With flexible day and night classes, this program can quickly get professionals, young and old, on track for a new successful career in as few as four semesters. The ten-course, 34-credit program fulfills all requirements to sit for the CPA exam.

The Master's degree in Professional Accounting is designed for someone who has already earned a bachelor’s degree in fields like business management, finance, HR, IT, or marketing; and now wants to pursue graduate studies in accounting.

Fall 2023 Deadlines

Priority Application Deadline - May 1, 2023

  • Guaranteed Priority Registration
  • 1:1 Appointment with Graduate Program Director Upon Enrollment
  • SFC Gear Upon Enrollment

Standard Application Deadline - August 1, 2023

About the Program

This program enhances the already successful track record at St. Francis College for producing successful alumni. Our alumni work at all the major accounting firms. Some have been CEOs of major corporations (National Grid, Monster) while many have attained partner positions at CPA firms. Accounting graduates land jobs at the Top 4 accounting firms.

The two-year Master's Degree in Professional Accounting is aimed at anyone looking for a mid-career change or just looking to increase understanding of business practices from an accountant's perspective.

The program offers a mix of accounting theory and reporting, taxation, managerial accounting, ethics, systems, and auditing.

Course Requirements & Electives

Course requirements and suggested (four and five semester) programs for the M.S. degree in Professional Accounting are presented below.

Required Courses

  • Accounting Theory and Reporting I
  • Accounting Theory and Reporting II
  • Auditing and Assurance Services
  • Business Ethics
  • Graduate Research Seminar in Accounting
  • Individual Taxation
  • Special Topics in Accounting

Elective Courses

Students must select a minimum of two additional courses:

  • Accounting Information Technology & Design
  • Advanced Accounting Information Systems
  • Advanced Auditing
  • Law for Business Organizations I
  • Law for Business Organizations II
  • Taxation for Business Organizations

Combined Bachelor's & Master's in Accounting

If Accounting is your career choice, St. Francis College will take you there in just five years; from undergraduate to sitting for the CPA exam.

Graduates of this program are now working at Big Four Accounting firms as well as numerous regional and local accounting firms and other financial and not-for-profit institutions, including; PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Ernst & Young (EY), KPMG, Deloitte, National Grid, Merrill Lynch, JPMorgan Chase and many others.

One way that many students find their first job is through the National Grid Scholarship and Internship, a program exclusively for Accounting Majors..

The College’s first class of graduate students received their degrees in the spring of 2008, coinciding with the 150th anniversary of St. Francis. Since then, the number of graduates has tripled in size and the program continues to attract highly qualified and motivated students.

This combined Bachelors and Masters Degree Program in Accounting meets all requirements for you to earn both degrees and to immediately sit for the CPA exam.

Louis D'Elia
Department Chairperson

Louis D'Elia

[email protected]
Office: 718-489-5288 
Associate Professor

Miriam Salholz

[email protected]
Office: 718-489-5293 
Assistant Professor

Marianna Ilyasova

Senior Lecturer

John A. Lombardo

[email protected]
Office: 718.489.5380 

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