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Accelerated Dual-Degree BS/MS in Accounting (3+1)

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The Accelerated Dual-Degree BS/MS in Accounting (3+1) program enables students to become highly trained — and highly valued — certified public accountants in 4 years, and provides a streamlined route to meeting the 150-hour education requirement to sit for CPA certification.

Program Overview

Fast-track your accounting career

Our Accelerated Dual-Degree BS/MS in Accounting (3+1) program offers you the unique opportunity to earn a bachelor‘s and master‘s degree in 4 years, while also completing the 150 hours of classroom study required to take the Certified Public Accountant certification exam. The program offers the same quality education you would expect from the traditional 6-year approach, and also offers fixed tuition throughout your 4 years.

The undergraduate component provides a foundation in the principles, concepts and technical practices of accounting. This prepares you for your fourth year, when you‘ll begin taking in-depth, graduate-level courses in advanced accounting skills and theory. This is meant to maximize and streamline your future success on the CPA exam, and prepare you for a range of other advanced accounting-based positions.

Accelerated dual-degree students have access to the same internship and study abroad opportunities found in the traditional bachelor‘s and master‘s programs. You also can take advantage of networking events and career fairs that bring representatives from Big 4 accounting firms and other employers from the public, private and government sectors to campus.

Program features include:

  • Flat tuition and fees for the entire 4 years, with academic scholarships carrying over to the fourth (graduate) year
  • A Living-Learning Community cohort housing opportunity, including a dedicated resident assistant (required for the first 3 years)
  • An academic adviser who also serves as the director of the program within the school
  • Special programming and networking opportunities for program students

We also offer the opportunity to complete your BS/MS in Accounting in a dual-degree format (5 years total).

Career Development

Your success is our success

Throughout your Quinnipiac experience and beyond, we are here to help you put together a road map for career success. Through a variety of internships, networking opportunities and access to recruiters from many of the most sought-after corporations, we help you prepare for a long and fulfilling career.

Visit our career development page to learn more about the many opportunities we offer, here on campus and within our vast network around the globe.

Curriculum and Requirements

Accelerated Dual-Degree BS/MSA (3+1) Program of Study

The MS in Accounting program is designed to prepare candidates to satisfy the 150 credits requirement and to position them for success in the CPA exam. The program will position successful graduates for careers in professional services firms, business corporations, governmental agencies, and business consulting firms among others. The program provides students with in-depth accounting knowledge and skills necessary to be successful accounting professionals. Notably, there is a large demand for well-trained accounting professionals in public and private accounting, as well as in government.

In the first three years, students complete the undergraduate Accounting major or any other undergraduate business major in conjunction with the Accounting minor.

MSA Program of Study

Fourth Year (Graduate Study)
Fall Semester
AC 635Advanced Financial Accounting3
AC 645Information Assurance3
AC 650Advanced Accounting Information Systems3
MSA Elective3
MSA Elective3
Spring Semester
AC 660Strategic Management Control Systems3
AC 670Advanced Business Law, Regulation, Ethics and Reporting Environments3
AC 680Advanced Federal Income Taxation and Tax Research3
MSA Elective3
MSA Elective3
Total Credits30

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