Overview

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.

Accreditation

AACSB accredited accounting logo

Elite accreditation

Our graduate and undergraduate accounting programs hold the distinction of AACSB accounting accreditation, putting it in select company. In fact, ours is one of only a few programs in the region with AACSB accounting accreditation, and one of two in Connecticut alone. Earning this elite accreditation is proof that our programs meet the highest standards of accounting education and career preparation. It’s no surprise that our graduates enjoy higher pass rates on the CPA exam, and are so regarded highly by employers.

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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 (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.

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Mentorship as a cornerstone

Kyle Pedrolli, MSA '19, talks with Professor George Baah during his Financial Statement Analysis class.

“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.”

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.

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Collaborative environments

Robert Deagan, MSA ’19, collaborates with a classmate during class.

“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.

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 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
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