Academic Catalog

Accounting (M.S.)

Ithaca’s Master of Science in Accounting program prepares graduates to provide auditing, consulting, and income tax services for individuals, corporations, and not-for-profit organizations. Core courses provide advanced training in the theory and application of financial accounting and reporting, taxation, auditing, and contemporary accounting practices. Accounting and graduate business electives allow students to tailor a program geared toward a focus in taxation or assurance, or to satisfy individual interests and career goals.

The M.S. in Accounting program is registered with the New York State Education Department, enabling graduates to meet the educational requirements necessary to be licensed as a certified public accountant (CPA) in New York State. The program also addresses the 150-hour requirements in 43 other states, Washington, D.C., Guam, and Puerto Rico (see individual state requirements for any variations).

The M.S. in Accounting is tailored primarily to students with undergraduate accounting degrees but is open to any candidate who meets entry requirements. Consult the program director regarding eligibility.

Prior to matriculation, applicants seeking admission to the M.S. in Accounting program must have completed one of the following:

  • a bachelor’s degree in accounting; or
  • a bachelor’s degree in business with at least 60 credits in liberal arts coursework plus Intermediate Accounting (I and II), Cost Accounting, Tax Accounting, Auditing, and Commercial Law.

Degree Requirements

BGRD 50200Taxation for Managers3
BGRD 50300Governmental and Nonprofit Accounting3
BGRD 50400Advanced Financial Reporting3
BGRD 60800Contemporary Issues in Accounting3
BGRD 63200Corporate Financial Management3
Select fifteen credits of electives from the following:15
Accounting Practicum
Advanced Auditing & Research
Forensic Accounting
Federal Tax Research
Taxation of Property Transactions
Taxation of Partnerships and Partners
Tax Ethics, Practice and Procedure
Fraud Law
Negotiations for Entertainment & Media Industries
Business Analytics
Total Credits30