The University at Albany is known throughout the accounting profession as an outstanding source of talented accounting graduates. Faculty members are deeply involved in standard-setting bodies and industry trade groups. We also maintain close working relationships with the Big Four accounting firms to ensure that our curriculum provides the training needed for tomorrow’s leaders in the accounting field.

Our programs include:

M.S. in Accounting – University at Albany one-year accounting programs for those with a baccalaureate degree in accounting. There are 3 concentrations:

  • Forensic Accounting (MS-FOR)
  • Professional Accountancy (MS-PRO)
  • Taxation (MS-TAX)

 

M.S.-2 in Accounting – The University at Albany two-year accounting program for second career students and those who do not hold a BS in accounting.

 

AACSB ACCREDITED

The University at Albany School of Business maintains a dual accreditation in Business and Accounting through the AACSB (Association to Advance

Collegiate Schools of Business), placing the school in the top 5% of business programs in the world. This distinction ensures that you will receive an education from qualified field experts within a curriculum focused on current and future economic events.

 

MS IN ACCOUNTING

I. MS-FORENSIC ACCOUNTING PROGRAM (MS-FOR)

The MS-Forensic Accounting Program

The one-year MS-Forensic program focuses on the integration of accounting, auditing, legal, and investigative skills in the prevention, detection and investigation of financial fraud as well as in dispute resolution, preparing students to become highly skilled investigative accountants. Students learn to develop evidence to establish accountability and/or valuation within a legal framework, including investigative accounting and litigation support. Many alumni of the program go on to complete their Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) certification. The MS-Forensic program successfully prepares you for the complex and ever-changing field of investigative accounting, and a career combating financial abuse and fraud. 

Curriculum

MS-Forensic students complete a two semester, 30-credit program that emphasizes teamwork, leadership, and the ability to communicate effectively—qualities that employers recognize, value and reward. The program is a cohort-based, full-time program, with admission during the fall semester only. Students gain an understanding of business information and financial reporting systems, investigation and analysis of financial evidence, digital forensics, and analysis of complex financial transactions that lead to fraud.

CPA Licensure Qualified

The MS-FOR program is registered with the Division of Professional Education of the State Education Department of New York and meets the 150- semester credit hour education requirement.

Admission Requirements

  • Pre-Requisites: US BS in Accounting or BS in Business, with 24 credit hours of accounting and 36 hours of business electives
  • GMAT: Required
  • Application Period: November 1 – March 1 (Spring prior to anticipated fall admission)
  • Application information: www.albany.edu/admissions

For further information, please contact Mark Hughes, Director of Accounting Programs at: mhughes@albany.edu

 

II. M.S. IN PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTANCY (MS-PRO)

The MS-Professional Accountancy (MS-PRO) Program

The one-year M.S. in Professional Accountancy program is designed to prepare students to become highly skilled professional accountants ready to function in the complex, challenging and competitive world of accounting. This program enables students to continue their accounting studies in a graduate format as it builds on students’ undergraduate education and leads to a greater degree of accounting sophistication.

Curriculum

MS-Professional Accountancy students complete a two-semester, 30- credit program that emphasizes teamwork, leadership, and the ability to communicate effectively—qualities that employers recognize, value and reward. The program is a cohort-based, full-time program, with admission during the fall semester only. Coursework focuses on advanced accounting topics designed to develop a greater degree of accounting knowledge and skill sets necessary for a successful career in public accounting, industry, governmental, and not-for-profit environments.

CPA Licensure Qualified

The MS-Professional Accounting program is registered with the Division of Professional Education of the State Education Department of New York and meets the 150-credit-hour education requirement.

Admission Requirements

  • Pre-Requisites: US BS in Accounting, with 24 credit hours of accounting and 36 hours of business electives
  • GMAT: Required
  • Application Period: November 1 – March 1 (Spring prior to anticipated fall admission)
  • Application information: www.albany.edu/admissions

For further information, please contact Mark Hughes, Director of Accounting Programs at: mhughes@albany.edu

 

III. M.S. IN TAXATION (MS-TAX)

The MS-Taxation (MS-TAX) Program

The one-year MS Taxation program focuses on the methodology oftax research and developing students’ ability to analyze and interprettax law, regulations, cases and related material. The program is designed to meet the growing need and demand for tax advisors, consultants, and executives to deal with complex tax considerations involved in virtually every business and financial transaction. The MS- Taxation program is reviewed by an advisory council composed of experts in the field of taxation including representatives from international accounting firms, industry and the Internal Revenue Service.

Curriculum

MS-Taxation students complete a two semester, 30-credit programthat emphasizes teamwork, leadership, and the ability to communicate effectively—qualities that employers recognize, value and reward.This challenging program offers courses in state and interstate taxation, corporate taxation, partnership taxation, and estate and gift taxation. The program is a cohort-based, full-time program, with admission during the fall semester only.

CPA Licensure Qualified

The MS-Taxation program is registered with the Division of Professional Education of the State Education Department of New York and meets the 150-credit-hour education requirement.

Admission Requirements

  • Pre-Requisites: US BS in Accounting, with 24 credit hours of accounting and 36 hours of business electives
  • GMAT: Required
  • Application Period: November 1 – March 1 (Spring prior to anticipated fall admission)
  • Application information: www.albany.edu/admissions

For further information, please contact Mark Hughes, Director of Accounting Programs at: mhughes@albany.edu

 

MS-2-YEAR ACCOUNTING PROGRAM

From Engineer, CHEF, mathematician, MUSICIAN, or Scientist … to ACCOUNTANT!

The two-year Masters of Science in Accounting (MS-2) program prepares individuals with no prior background in accounting or business to become professional accountants in a wide variety of settings, including public accounting, government, industry, and not-for-pro t environments. Opportunities in the profession and business world are endless for graduates of this program.

Curriculum

Full-time MS-2 students complete a four-semester, 60-credit program that emphasizes teamwork, leadership, and the ability to communicate effectively. A part- time/evening option allows students to complete the program in 3-4 years. All candidates are admitted in the fall. First, you will take a series of business courses and introductory accounting courses

to develop skills in analysis and general business functions. Thereafter, the program focuses on an in-depth study of accounting, including courses in taxation, advanced financial accounting theory, advanced accounting systems and accounting research.

CPA Licensure Qualified

The MS-2 program is registered with the Division of Professional Education of the State Education Department of New York and meets the 150-credit-hour education requirement.

The MS-2 program is registered with the Division of Professional Education of the State Education Department of New York and meets the 150-credit-hour education requirement.

Admission Requirements

  • Pre-Requisites: B.A./B.S. (non-accounting) and completion of a minimum of three credits (one course) in each of the following areas: Financial Accounting, Computer Science, Statistics, and Economics.
  • GMAT: Required
Waiver for UA students with 3.6 GPA or above
  • Application Period: Nov. 1 – June 1 (Spring prior to anticipated fall admission)

For further information, please contact Dr. Mark Hughes, Director
of Accounting Programs at: mhughes@albany.edu or 518-283-3209.


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