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Accounting, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #171 (BCR) , NY,
The College of Business offers a Master of Science in Accounting Degree. The MS in Accounting is a program suited for accounting professionals who seek to advance their accounting skills, as well as students with a background in business management and accounting, such as the Stony Brook College of Business Accounting Minor, or students who are majoring in accounting at another institution. 


 Students in this program would strengthen their accounting education and through the additional credits, achieve eligibility to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in New York State. To qualify to take the Uniform Certified Public Accounting (CPA) examination, and to ultimately become a licensed CPA in New York State, students must have 150 total credit hours including 33 credits in accounting, and 36 credits in general business.  This program satisfies these requirements in conjunction with the Stony Brook University undergraduate business degree and accounting minor.  For students who are majoring in accounting at another university, this program will provide the additional credits necessary to reach the 150 hours as well as the additional accounting credits to reach the 33 credit requirement. Qualified students will take a prescribed 30 credits (10 classes) in the accounting area, all taught by leading College of Business accounting faculty.  The program includes a capstone experience class which requires students to complete an accounting industry based class that focuses on contemporary issues in financial accounting, auditing and regulation.  The class is team-taught by three accounting professors. The program can be completed full time in two semesters part-timeime over the course of several semesters, and it must be started in the Fall semester.  For more information and for details on how to apply please e-mail the Graduate Program Coordinator at are required to have an average grade of "B" or higher in all courses. Students will have to obtain a GPA of 3.0 or better by the end of their degree, otherwise the degree will not be granted. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Leadership, Team Effectiveness & Communications
  •  Accounting for the Small Business Entrepreneur
  • Advanced Auditing & Assurance
  • Government & Non-Profit Accounting
  • Advanced Accounting Problems
  •  Ethics and Law
  • Accounting Information Systems
  •  Financial Accounting Theory
  •  Forensic Accounting
  •  Accounting Capstone

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Recommended score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of 3 or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A. A bachelor’s degree, with an average of at least B in the undergraduate major subject, which need not be economics. 
  • B. At least one year of introductory differential and integral calculus and at least one semester of linear algebra in courses whose level is that required for physics majors in research universities with proficiency demonstrated by a grade of at least B in the courses. 
  • C. Letters of recommendation from three instructors or academic advisors. The referees should be able to evaluate the mathematical preparation and ability of the applicant.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    925 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 925 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    925 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 925 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • In-State

    453 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 453 USD per year and a duration of 12 months.
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  • 1819 - 3970 USD/month
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