Brandon Seibert, a Dual-Degree, BS/MBA (4+1) student in the School of Business, walks into the Lender School of Business Center on Quinnipiac’s Mount Carmel Campus.

Dual-Degree BS/MS in Accounting (4+1)

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The Dual-Degree BS/MS in Accounting (4+1) program provides a seamless plan for current students who are interested in completing both undergraduate and graduate studies and positioning themselves for success on the CPA exam.

Program Overview

Put yourself ahead of the pack

Our Dual-Degree BS/MS in Accounting (4+1) program answers the widespread demand for well-trained certified public accountants. The curriculum takes 5 years and provides a foundation in the principles, concepts and technical practices of accounting, while the master of science degree covers the advanced skills and accounting theory to maximize your success on the Certified Public Accountant certification exam. The curriculum is designed to help you seamlessly transition from undergraduate to graduate study and complete the 150-hour education requirement to sit for the CPA exam.

The dual-degree program is primarily designed for outstanding undergraduate accounting majors or minors, but students in other School of Business majors also may apply. Qualified students apply for this program in the spring of their junior year or the Fall of their senior year.

Dual-degree accounting students have access to the same internship opportunities as the traditional BS and MS program students. They 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.

We also offer the opportunity to complete your BS/MS in Accounting in an accelerated dual-degree format (4 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

Dual-Degree BS/MSA or BA/MSA (4+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.

MSA Program of Study

Fifth 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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Admission Requirements

Current Quinnipiac students can apply for this program up until the spring semester of their junior year using a special application form available in the School of Business. Admission into dual-degree programs is competitive. Only students who have earned at least 75 credits with an overall GPA of 3.0 are considered. Meeting the minimum criteria for consideration does not guarantee admission.