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Simon Students in Accounting study group


Simon Business School's MS in Accountancy Program has been designed to be completed by students with undergraduate backgrounds in business, economics, or accounting. Students with backgrounds in business or economics are able to complete our program within one academic year, the same length of time as a student with a background in accounting. Students with an accounting undergraduate degree may substitute other courses in place of similar courses that they have taken at the undergraduate level. Students will work with the Faculty Director of the MS in Accountancy Program to tailor their program to best fit their needs, but still qualify for the New York State CPA exam.

MS in Accountancy students are qualified to sit for the CPA examination in New York State and obtain subsequent licensure. Qualifying for the CPA examination in New York State will also allow you to be qualified for many other states. Students seeking to qualify for the CPA in other states can work with the Faculty Director of the MS in Accountancy Program to determine if any other coursework is required for the particular state in which they would like to qualify.

Download the study grid for the Full-Time MS in Accountancy Program

Study Tracks

Full-Time MS in Accountancy students have two available tracks for the completion of their studies:

  • 10-month program of study (non-internship track)
  • 17-month program of study (internship track)
    • Internships are not guaranteed - students choosing the option to extend their program will be eligible to seek an internship, but are not guaranteed placement in an internship

Program Requirements

The course of study for full-time students begins in August and concludes in June the following year. Because of the personalized nature of the program, each student will work with an academic adviser to select courses to meet the degree requirements and also meet the requirement to sit for the CPA.


Fall Quarter

Winter Quarter

Spring Quarter

BPP 432

Business Law

ACC 423

Financial Reporting I

ACC 437

Basic Federal Income Tax Accounting

ACC 424

Financial Reporting II

ACC 436

Resesarch into Professional Accounting Standards

ACC 417


ACC 411

Financial Statement Analysis

CMC Programming

Job Search Essentials

ACC 419

Positive Accounting Research

ACC 438

Auditing II - Auditing and Information Systems







Communicating Business Decisions (Modules I, II, III, and IV)

I MGC401

Interpersonal Persuasion

II MGC 402

Communicating Analytics



IV MGC 411

Advanced Persuasion





ACC 410

Accounting for Management and Control

ACC 418

Taxes and Business Strategy


FIN 402

Capital Budgeting and Corporate Objectives

FIN 411


FIN 413

Corporate Finance

FIN 433

Cases in Finance

FIN 448

Fixed Income Securities



MKT 402

Marketing Management

MKT 414

Pricing Policies

Computers and Information Systems

CIS 401

Information Systems for Management

CIS 418

Advanced Business Modeling and Analysis Using Spreadsheets

Competitive and Organizational Strategy

STR 422

Strategic Decision Making: Theory and Practice

STR 440

Corporate Governance

Operations Management

OMG 402

Operations Management



For more information about the program or the admissions process, please contact Simon Admissions at or 585-275-3533.

*MS Accountancy students are required to take two elective courses during their program of study. The electives are dependent on the student’s undergraduate studies. Students will be advised during the program overview as to what their particular elective requirements are. For any academic questions regarding MS Accountancy, please contact Professor Heidi Tribunella.

Students with undergraduate backgrounds in accounting who have taken equivalent courses to the core classes may, upon approval of the faculty, substitute an elective course from the elective courses listed above. Courses can only be substituted. No course waivers are allowed in the program. To substitute a course, students need to supply an appropriate syllabus of the equivalent course they have taken and complete a course substitution form. Only once they have received approval, can the student complete a substitution.


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