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M.S. in Accountancy (Concentration in Professional Accounting)

Women with papers and labtopThe 30-credit Master of Science in Accountancy with a concentration in Professional Accounting will prepare you for a career in public accounting, industry or government enterprises. This widely respected program offers a rigorous course of study taught by top tax and accounting professionals with expertise in a broad range of topics.

The program is offered in a blended learning format, (approximately half of the courses in this program are delivered online with the remaining courses delivered face-to-face) which combines the convenience of online learning with the richness of live classroom discussion and interaction. Four courses are available online: “Not-for-Profit Entity Accounting,” “Financial Statement Analysis,” “Advanced Accounting Information Systems,” and “Advanced Assurance Services and Computer Auditing.” The remaining six courses are held in the headquarters of the School of Professional Accountancy, Lorber Hall, which is equipped with “smart” classrooms, computer labs, wireless Internet, and faculty and academic advising offices.

The M.S. in Accountancy program is registered by the New York State Education Department to qualify for a one-year reduction of the experience requirement for CPA licensure.* It is intended for those individuals who have completed an undergraduate degree in accounting at an accredited college or university and who wish to fulfill the 150-hour requirement.

For those interested students who did not major in Accounting, prerequisite courses are necessary. Please consult Cyndy Cataudella at the Office of Graduate Programs at 516-299-2098 or cynthia.cataudella@liu.edu.

*The one-year reduction of the experience requirement applies only to candidates who have completed the required prerequisites (or their equivalent). The New York State Education Department 150-hour program requires that certain content areas be met in the areas of professional accountancy, general business, and liberal arts and sciences.

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Program Goals

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding beyond the core accounting fundamentals
  2. Demonstrate ability to analyze, synthesize, and apply accounting issues in domestic and international settings
  3. Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills through case analyses, simulations ,and projects
  4. Use information technology for decision making and problem solving in business
  5. Identify and apply regulatory requirements in business and accounting environments
  6. Demonstrate ability to work effectively in teams