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Our MS in Accounting program, accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), helps students develop strong, comprehensive functional and technical skills as well as a specialized, in-depth understanding of the complexities of current accounting and tax practice. Classroom learning is immediately transferrable to the job and also prepares students to sit for the New Jersey CPA examination.

Courses in the program begin in both the fall and spring semesters, but applications are processed throughout the year. We encourage you to apply well in advance of your targeted start date to ensure there is time for a comprehensive review of your credentials. You must have an undergraduate degree or concentration in accounting to be considered for this program.  You can view applications requirements here.

You will benefit from the newly formed partnership between Becker CPA Review and Montclair State.  To better prepare students for the CPA exam, the Department of Accounting, Law and Taxation has negotiated a substantial discount for students interested in taking the Becker CPA review course.  This course is offered on the Montclair State campus starting every June through October on Saturdays only.  This course is only for Montclair State students.

Curriculum

The MS in Accounting consists of a total of 33 credits (semester hours). Each course is 3 credits.

Required core courses

  • BSLW 503– Business Law I
  • ACCT 506– Internal Auditing
  • ACCT 508– Governmental and Not-For-Profit Accounting
  • ACCT 514– Advanced Taxation for Accountants
  • ACCT 523– Financial Statement Analysis
  • ACCT 540– International Accounting and Auditing
  • ACCT 542– Contemporary Issues in Public Accountancy (capstone)

Elective courses (choose any four classes)

  • BSLW 504 – Business Law II
  • ACCT 527 – Forensic Accounting
  • ACCT 510 – Accounting Information Systems
  • ACCT 525 – International Tax and International Management Accounting
  • ACCT 526 – Fraud Examination

With approval from the MBA office, 3 credits of MBA elective course(s) can be completed (Accounting MBA elective courses are not allowed). Please review the Main Campus MBA course schedules for the available list of MBA elective courses.

For more information, please contact the Accounting, Law and Taxation department at 973-655-4174 or msaccounting@mail.montclair.edu.