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The Master of Science in Professional Accountancy from Marist College is designed to provide accounting majors the opportunity to obtain an additional 30 college credits and a graduate degree to satisfy the 150 hours to be licensed as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).


The Master of Science in Professional Accountancy from Marist College is an innovative graduate program composed of both in-class and online classes. Students admitted into the program will take full-time classes up to 18 credits during the summer, with the remaining 12 credits on a part-time distance learning basis in the fall and/or spring. Accounting firms hire accounting graduates to begin their careers in early September.

The MSPAccy is designed to address the requirement by accounting firms that entering accounting professionals have either completed the 150-credit requirement or have completed a substantial portion with a plan in place to complete the remaining requirements. Students admitted into the program in the summer may complete up to 60 percent of the degree requirements prior to beginning their career with an accounting firm, with the remaining credits completed in online classes.

Skills and Career Potential For MS in Professional Accountancy Graduates

  • States require 150 hours to be licensed as CPA.

  • National accounting firms have restricted hiring of new staff to those completing the 150-hour requirement.

  • Recent graduates of Marist's program are now employed at BKD LLP, Deloitte & Touche LLP, KPMG LLP, Cesarano & Khan P.C., Ernst & Young LLP, EisnerAmper, and Andersen Tax Service.

  • Promotions to partner and manager and corporate managerial positions increasingly go to candidates with graduate degrees.

  • A careerBuilder.com survey found that companies are pushing their hiring level to candidates with higher degrees.

  • The Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics noted that accountants who have a CPA and a master in accounting have an advantage in the market.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Internship in Accounting
  • Economics 
  • Analytics Bootcamp
  • Ethics for Accountants 
  • Business Valuations
  • Advanced Auditing
  • Accounting Information Systems
  • International Accounting Standards
  • Accounting Research is taken over the two five-week sessions.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    30 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of 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).

  • Unofficial transcripts from each college/university attended must be uploaded to the application for admission decision.  Official bachelor’s degree noted transcripts will be required upon acceptance in order to matriculate
  • Current resume
  • GMAT only required upon request from the program director. Applications can be submitted and reviewed without GMAT
  • Interview at the discretion of the program director
  • Nonrefundable $70 application fee

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1050 USD/credit
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  • National

    1050 USD/credit
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Living costs for Poughkeepsie

  • 1138 - 2480 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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