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MS in Professional Accounting

Jump-start your career with Adelphi’s one-year MS in accounting program.

A graduate degree in accounting is a passport to exciting career opportunities in today’s rapidly globalizing economy. Through our rigorous MS in Professional Accounting, you will:

  • Master CPA Exam principles
  • Gain hands-on professional experience
  • Focus on career training and networking

The program is designed for motivated students, with undergraduate degrees in accounting, who want to complete the 150 credits required for a CPA license in New York state. For those students who have undergraduate degrees in other areas, the program can be modified to accommodate career switchers.

Beyond access to career-boosting internships and networking events, Adelphi hosts a yearlong professional CPA review program on campus, the only on-campus program offered by a university on Long Island or in Brooklyn or Queens, New York.

  • “The MS program really helped me in preparing for the CPA exam. In particular, the Financial Reporting Practice class was of great assistance in preparing for FAR, Professor Pandit really took his time in making sure we understood the material. The intimate class sizes allowed for a more responsive environment where participation from the class was more enticing as a whole than ever before.”

    Joseph Camoia, MS ’19

Why Enroll?

What Will I Study?

This 30-credit MS program can be completed in one full-time year if students enter with all the required undergraduate accounting credits. Because our curriculum follows the New York state exam’s requirements, we review applications to ensure that students have taken all prerequisites and supplement the program with missing courses if needed.

  • Advanced courses in accounting theory
  • Financial reporting and practice
  • Auditing, legal and professional responsibilities
  • Taxation, government/not-for-profit accounting
  • Business
  • CPA exam preparation
» Course Requirements

Who Are the Faculty?

Our faculty are renowned professionals who bring specialized knowledge and keen business acumen to every course. They are primarily CPAs and legal practitioners (including a former PwC partner), many boasting years of business experience on Long Island, in New York City and around the globe.

» Meet our accounting faculty

What’s the Cost?

Tuition information may be obtained from our Student Financial Services webpage.

» Find specific tuition and financial aid details

Becker CPA Exam Review

Through our partnership with Becker Professional Education, a recognized leader in CPA Exam preparation, we offer you the opportunity to prepare for this difficult exam by attending on-campus prep classes.

Your Adelphi accounting education, along with the Becker CPA Review classes, covers the technical knowledge you’ll need, and the Becker program provides insights into how to prepare for the exam as well as strategies you can use for taking the four-part exam.

Why Take the CPA Exam Earlier?

Many accounting students tend to wait to take the CPA Exam until after starting their professional career. But at Adelphi, the Becker CPA Exam Review program can give MS in Professional Accounting students the extra help they’ll need to complete this difficult exam shortly after graduation.

One reason—and it’s a big one—for taking the exam earlier is that many firms offer financial bonuses to those who have already passed. Additionally, successfully completing the CPA Exam will enhance your career opportunities.

Becker’s on-campus sessions cover all four parts of the CPA Exam over the course of the academic year. Once one portion is covered by Becker’s expert instructors, students can review and sit for that part, allowing them to divide and conquer the exam.

» Learn more about our partnership with Becker

Apply to the MS in Professional Accounting Program

We’ll guide you every step of the way. Submit the following:

  • Official transcripts of undergraduate course work
  • Final transcript stating Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four-year institution
  • Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) results; scores that are more than five years old are generally not accepted. Test information and an application can be obtained at or
  • A 500-word (typed) essay on your reasons for applying to the program
  • One letter of recommendation (academic or professional)
  • Résumé

International Applicants
Please view our additional application requirements for international graduate students.

Adelphi Students Registered in Other Programs
Graduate students officially registered in other divisions of the University may register for course work within the Robert B. Willumstad School of Business only if written permission from the appropriate dean, adviser or chair is presented at registration. It must indicate that the course work taken within the School of Business will count toward degree requirements in the corresponding program. Students registering on a continuing basis under this classification will be considered visiting students.

Visiting Students
Graduate students officially registered in a business degree program at another accredited university may register for course work within the Willumstad School of Business if written permission from their appropriate dean, chair or program director is presented at registration.

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For further information, please contact:

Britt’ny Brown
Director of Graduate Programs 
Hagedorn Hall, Room 121
p – 516.877.4605
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Tara Gercke
Graduate Student Advisor
Hagedorn Hall, Room 116 
p – 516.877.4640
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