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Accountancy Curriculum



Simon Business School's MS in Accountancy Program has been designed to be completed by students with undergraduate backgrounds in business, economics, or accounting. Students with backgrounds in business or economics are able to complete our program within one academic year, the same length of time as a student with a background in accounting. Students with an accounting undergraduate degree may substitute other courses in place of similar courses that they have taken at the undergraduate level. Students will work with the Faculty Director of the MS in Accountancy Program to tailor their program to best fit their needs, but still qualify for the New York State CPA exam.

MS in Accountancy students are qualified to sit for the CPA examination in New York State and obtain subsequent licensure. Qualifying for the CPA examination in New York State will also allow you to be qualified for many other states. Students seeking to qualify for the CPA in other states can work with the Faculty Director of the MS in Accountancy Program to determine if any other coursework is required for the particular state in which they would like to qualify.

Get more information on the Full-Time MS in Accountancy Program in the course catalog.

Study Tracks

Full-Time MS in Accountancy students have two available tracks for the completion of their studies:

  • 10-month program of study (non-internship track)
  • 17-month program of study (internship track)
    • Internships are not guaranteed - students choosing the option to extend their program will be eligible to seek an internship, but are not guaranteed placement in an internship

Program Requirements

Because of the personalized nature of the program, each student will work with an academic advisor to select courses to meet the degree requirements and also meet the requirement to sit for the CPA.

Note: This chart reflects the 2017-18 academic schedule. This is subject to change.


Basic Business Law

Financial Reporting I

Research into Professional Accounting Standards

Positive Accounting Research

Basic Federal Income Tax Accounting


Financial Reporting II

Financial Statement Analysis

Auditing II – Auditing and Information Systems






Professional Communication


Communicating Analytics



  • * 17-month track
    • MSA students in the 17-month track will NOT take ACC436 in the fall term but will take it the following fall as their last class. There are no exceptions for this course.
  • ** Electives -- MSA students are required to take 2 elective courses during their program of study
    • One elective is taken in the winter
    • One elective is taken either in fall or spring
    • Electives are dependent on a student’s undergraduate studies and will be advised on particular elective requirements during the program overview session


For more information about the program or the admissions process, please contact Simon Admissions at or 585-275-3533.

*MS Accountancy students are required to take two elective courses during their program of study. The electives are dependent on the student’s undergraduate studies. Students will be advised during the program overview as to what their particular elective requirements are. For any academic questions regarding MS Accountancy, please contact Professor Heidi Tribunella.

Students with undergraduate backgrounds in accounting who have taken equivalent courses to the core classes may, upon approval of the faculty, substitute an elective course from the elective courses listed above. Courses can only be substituted. No course waivers are allowed in the program. To substitute a course, students need to supply an appropriate syllabus of the equivalent course they have taken and complete a course substitution form. Only once they have received approval, can the student complete a substitution.


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