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M.S. in Professional Accounting Curriculum

The rigorous Whitman M.S. in professional accounting program is designed for students of all academic backgrounds. Those entering with a bachelor's degree in business administration with at least 24 credits in accounting courses are eligible for the one-year, 30-credit program. Students without the appropriate coursework in accounting, economics, finance, and quantitative methods may be required to take undergraduate and/or graduate-level foundation courses as part of the program.

Here is the list of the required courses:

  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Intermediate Financial Accounting I
  • Intermediate Financial Accounting II
  • Cost Accounting
  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • Principles of Taxation
  • Auditing

In addition, it is assumed that the student has completed 24 credits of general business courses as part of their undergraduate study. Students who do not meet the minimum requirements will be required to complete the above courses in order to earn their M.S. in professional accounting degree. Those who choose to take these courses while enrolled in the M.S. in professional accounting program can expect the length of the program to increase to two years.

To view course descriptions for each of the courses listed, be sure to visit the online course catalog to learn more about each course.

Total of 30 credits taken in the following areas:

Accounting Core (18 credits)

  • Financial Statement Analysis (3)
  • International Reporting and Analysis (3)
  • Advanced Auditing (3)
  • Taxes and Business Strategy (3)
  • Business Analytics (3)
  • Accounting Analytics (3)

Management Elective (3 credits)

  • Venture Capital (3)
  • Corporate Financial Policy & Strategy (3)
  • Financial Modeling (3)
  • Linear Statistical Models 1 (3)
  • Project Management (3)
  • Supply Chain & Logistics Mgmt. (3)
  • Risk Management (3)

Accounting Elective (3 credits)

Two Electives (6 credits)

Including up to six credits from other Syracuse University schools and programs