By The Numbers
Follow the path to your CPA
The demand for well-trained certified public accountants is greater than ever, and Quinnipiac's Master's of Science in Accounting program provides students with the appropriate coursework to meet the 150-hour education requirement for CPA certification.
Our program is structured to maximize your success on the CPA exam by presenting accounting theory and facilitating development of the advanced skills necessary to meet the challenges in dynamic and complex, business, government and not-for-profit environments.
The program courses are taught by highly experienced and qualified faculty who are dedicated to helping build a strong foundation in important areas such as public policy, corporate governance, financial analyses and global accounting practices. Internships are an important experiential component to the program, strengthening your career prospects upon graduation. You'll be able to take full advantage of our strong connections to the business world, both locally and nationally. Every year, career fairs and networking events bring representatives from the Big-4 accounting, international, regional and local firms and other potential employers from financial services, regulatory agencies, investment banks and not-for-profits.
Dual-Degree BS/MS (4+1 and 3+1) programs
The BS/MS in Accounting program is designed for students who are enrolled in a bachelor of science program within the School of Business and are interested in continuing on to receive a Master of Science in Accounting.
In the Accelerated Dual-Degree (3+1) program, you will earn your undergraduate and master’s degrees in four years, saving on tuition and time. Qualifying students are accepted into this program when they apply as an undergraduate.
The Dual-Degree (4+1) program enables you to create a seamless plan to complete your undergraduate and graduate studies immediately following graduation. Qualifying students apply for this program in the spring of their junior year.
Both programs are scheduled to effectively make students “150 hours ready” and positioned for success on the CPA exam, in just one year.
Student Spotlight: Kyle Pedrolli, MSA '19
Models for success
Kyle Pedrolli, MSA ’19, knew all about the promising salary and job stability in the accounting field, but he wasn’t sold on the profession until he took his first undergraduate accounting course.
“I took a tax class with Professor Matt Maron, and after that, I knew this was the field I wanted to go into.”
Faculty brought subject matter to life for Pedrolli, and that, combined with the promise of small class sizes, influenced him to enroll later in the MS in Accounting program.
“I knew I would get as much interaction with my professors as possible,” said Pedrolli.
The program was a big challenge for Pedrolli, but the constant reinforcement he received, especially from Professor George Baah, kept him from becoming overwhelmed.
“Professor Baah was always reminding us of our end goal, and why we were here pursuing graduate education in the first place,” he said.
Pedrolli brought that sense of purpose with him on an internship with Deloitte, and it helped him secure a full-time position at the accounting firm’s New York City office following his graduation. He plans on taking his CPA exams not long after, and is more than confident in his preparedness.
“My experience in the program served me very well,” Pedrolli said. “I feel like I have the skills to go into Deloitte next summer and be a valuable asset to the company.”
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 throughout our vast network from around the entire country and around the globe.
Student Spotlight: Robert J. Deagan, MSA ‘19
Making every course matter
First appearances aren’t everything, but Robert Deagan, MSA ’19, felt something click the first time he stepped onto the Quinnipiac campus.
“From my first visit, I knew this was where I wanted to go,” Deagan said. “The campus was exactly what a college campus should feel like.”
Beyond a collegiate atmosphere, Deagan also knew he’d be getting an advanced accounting degree that would enable him to ace the CPA exam and place him on the fast track professionally.
“I just knew this program would help me prepare for the CPA exam more than a regular MBA program would,” Deagan said. “I also knew I’d be able to reach my 150 credits by taking meaningful classes.”
From Financial Statement Analysis and Information Assurance to Advanced Accounting Information Systems, all of Deagan’s courses taught him one compelling and universal principle.
“Everything in accounting is interrelated, and essential to just about every business situation,” he said.
Deagan experienced this firsthand during internships with the law firm Kaufman, Borgeest and Ryan, and with Deloitte in Stamford, Connecticut. Following graduation, Deagan will stay on as a full-time audit associate at Deloitte, and he is confident that he will earn his CPA certification by the end of 2019.
“This experience has been incredibly beneficial to my career path,” he said.
Faculty dedicated to student success
Quinnipiac’s School of Business professors are committed to the personal and professional success of every student. While passionate scholars and accomplished in their own fields, teaching is their number one priority. Small class sizes, accessible professors with significant industry experience and a close-knit, diverse community create the kind of supporting, enriching environment that is rare. We are personally invested in seeking ways to help our students develop into strong, certified, leading professionals.
Curriculum and Requirements
MS in Accounting Curriculum
|Required Core Courses (18 credits)|
|AC 635||Advanced Financial Accounting||3|
|AC 645||Information Assurance||3|
|AC 650||Advanced Accounting Information Systems||3|
|AC 660||Strategic Management Control Systems||3|
|AC 670||Advanced Business Law, Regulation, Ethics and Reporting Environments||3|
|AC 680||Advanced Federal Income Taxation and Tax Research||3|
|Elective Courses (12 credits)|
|Select four of the following:||12|
|Financial Statement Analysis|
|Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination|
|Governmental and Not-For-Profit Accounting|
|Introduction to Business Analytics|
|Information Systems Strategy|
|Business Decision Analysis|
Additional course details
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MS in Accounting
This program is primarily designed for students who already have an undergraduate degree in accounting. Students who do not have an undergraduate accounting degree may need to complete additional undergraduate accounting course work before entering the program.
Required undergraduate course work:
- Introduction to Financial Accounting
- Introduction to Managerial Accounting
- Intermediate Accounting I
- Intermediate Accounting II
- Taxation of Individuals
- Financial Statement Analysis
- Business Law and Society
Applicants are required to submit:
- a resume
- a letter of intent
- three letters of recommendation
- official transcripts (recommended GPA of 3.0 or higher),
- either GMAT or GRE exam results (recommended GMAT score of 500 or better, recommended GRE score of 150 or better in each section)
Accelerated Dual-Degree BS/MS in Accounting (3+1)
This program is designed for 3+1 students pursuing their BS in Accounting. Students are invited into the (3+1) BS/MSA program during their undergraduate admissions process and can select the MSA in the spring of their second year. Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 over the course of their undergraduate program.
Dual-Degree BS/MS in Accounting (4+1)
This program is designed for outstanding students pursuing their BS in Accounting or students with substantial accounting course work. Admission requires a cumulative GPA of 3.0. Interested students must apply for admission to the (4+1) BS/MSA program during the spring of their junior year or the fall of their senior year.
Meeting the minimum standards as listed above does not guarantee admission to the program. Students are not admitted officially into the MS in Accounting program until they graduate with their bachelor's degree and meet all other requirements. Once admitted, students begin full-time study in the MS in Accounting program.
If you‘re considering one of Quinnipiac‘s outstanding graduate program in accounting, you‘re on your way to joining a graduate community committed to academic excellence and professional preparation at the highest level.
Our Connecticut location in the power corridor between Boston and New York gives you access to some of the nation’s most influential financial and accounting corporations, legal firms and financial institutions.
Please reach out to us with questions about the application process.
Phone: 203-582-8672 or 800-462-1944
Mail: Quinnipiac University
Office of Graduate Admissions, NH-GRD
275 Mount Carmel Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518-1940
Enrollment and Graduation Data
Enrollment and number of graduates
Number of MS in Accounting program graduates:
- 2018-19: 9 (new program in Fall 2018)
Student enrollment in the MS in Accounting program in 2018-19: 9
Retention and graduation rates
- MS in Accounting retention rate: 100%
- MS in Accounting graduation rate: 100%