Professional Accounting Curriculum

The rigorous Whitman Master of Science in Professional Accounting program is designed for students of all academic backgrounds. Those entering with a bachelor's degree in business administration with at least 24 credits in accounting courses are eligible for the one-year, 30-credit program. Students without the appropriate coursework in accounting, economics, finance and quantitative methods may be required to take undergraduate and/or graduate-level foundation courses as part of the program.


Here is the list of the required courses:


  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Intermediate Financial Accounting I
  • Intermediate Financial Accounting II
  • Cost Accounting
  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • Principles of Taxation
  • Auditing


In addition, it is assumed that the student has completed 24 credits of general business courses as part of their undergraduate study. Students who do not meet the minimum requirements must complete the above courses to earn an M.S. in professional accounting. Those who choose to take these courses while enrolled in the M.S. in professional accounting program can expect the length of the program to increase to two years.


To view course descriptions for each course listed, visit the  online course catalog to learn more about each class.


A total of 30 credits must be taken in the following areas:


  • Accounting Core (18 credits)
    • Financial Statement Analysis (3 credits)
    • International Reporting and Analysis (3 credits)
    • Advanced Auditing (3 credits)
    • Taxes and Business Strategy (3 credits)
    • Business Analytics (3 credits)
    • Accounting Analytics (3 credits)
  • Management Elective (3 credits)
    • Venture Capital (3 credits)
    • Corporate Financial Policy & Strategy (3 credits)
    • Financial Modeling (3 credits)
    • Linear Statistical Models 1 (3 credits)
    • Project Management (3 credits)
    • Supply Chain & Logistics Mgmt. (3 credits)
    • Risk Management (3 credits)


  • Accounting Elective (3 credits)
  • Two Electives (6 credits)

Including up to six credits from other Syracuse University Schools and Programs