Quinnipiac’s Master of Science in Accounting program prepares graduates for immediate success on the Uniform CPA Examination and to begin productive, high-potential careers in the public accounting, management finance or government sectors.

Program Overview

Students collaborating together in a classroom in the School of Business.

We're in this together

Christopher Roberts, an accounting major, collaborates with fellow students in the School of Business.

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.


Two students studying together with the Lender School of Business in the background.

Studying with a view

Students studying in the Carl Hansen Student Center, which overlooks the Lender School of Business Center.

Dual-Degree Programs

Dual-Degree BS/MS to be offered as 4+1 and 3+1 graduate 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.

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 throughout our vast network from around the entire country and around the globe.

Admission Requirements

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, letter of intent, three letters of recommendation, official transcripts (recommended GPA of 3.0 or higher), and either GMAT or GRE exam results. (Recommended GMAT score of 500 or better, recommended GRE score of 150 or better in each section).

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.

Curriculum and Requirements

MS in Accounting Curriculum

Required Core Courses (18 credits)
AC 635Advanced Financial Accounting3
AC 645Information Assurance3
AC 650Advanced Accounting Information Systems3
AC 660Strategic Management Control Systems3
AC 670Advanced Business Law, Regulation, Ethics and Reporting Environments3
AC 680Advanced Federal Income Taxation and Tax Research3
Elective Courses (12 credits)
Select four of the following: 12
AC 640
Financial Statement Analysis
AC 665
Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination
AC 675
Governmental and Not-For-Profit Accounting
BAN 610
Introduction to Business Analytics
CIS 600
Information Systems Strategy
EC 600
Managerial Economics
MBA 610
Business Decision Analysis
Total Credits30

Contact Us

If you‘re considering one of Quinnipiac‘s outstanding graduate programs, you‘re on your way to joining a graduate community committed to academic excellence and professional preparation at the highest level.

Please reach out to us with questions about the application process.

Phone: 203-582-8672 or 800-462-1944
Email: graduate@qu.edu
Fax: 203-582-3443

Mail: Quinnipiac University
Office of Graduate Admissions, NH-GRD
275 Mount Carmel Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518-1940