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Specialized Study in Finance

Launch your career in auditing, consulting, or income tax services for individuals, corporations, or non-profit organizations.

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The Ithaca College master's (MS) in accounting program coursework provides advanced training in theory and application of financial accounting and reporting, taxation, auditing, and contemporary accounting practices. You can further tailor your degree to your interests with elective courses that allow a focus in taxation or assurance or to satisfy individual interests and career goals. 

The master's (MS) in accounting program is registered with the New York State Department of Education, enabling you to meet the educational requirements necessary to be licensed as a certified public accountant (CPA) in New York State. The program also addresses the 150-hour requirements in other states. If you plan to take the CPA exam in another state, you may be required to complete additional coursework. (See individual state requirements for variations.)

If you have an accounting or business background, you could earn your graduate degree in as little as one year of full-time study.

Our program is designed primarily for individuals who have already earned an undergraduate accounting degree, but it is open to any candidate who meets the entry requirements. Prior to matriculation, applicants seeking admission to the master's (MS) in accounting program must have completed either of the following:

  • a bachelor’s degree in accounting from an accredited institution; or
  • a bachelor’s degree in business with at least 60 credits in liberal arts coursework as well as Intermediate Accounting (I and II), Cost Accounting, Tax Accounting, Auditing, and Commercial Law.

Hear from our students about why Ithaca College, and Ithaca, NY, is an ideal place to be a graduate student:

Contact Us

Margaret Shackell
Program Director
Room 317, Park Center for Sustainable Enterprise
953 Danby Rd. • Ithaca, NY 14850