MS Accounting

Academic Information

Master of Science in Accounting

Silberman College is a recognized center of excellence for accounting and tax education, with a long history of providing innovative educational programs that meet the needs of the accounting profession and its practitioners.

The MS in Accounting program features two tracks. Both tracks are currently offered on-campus only (either the Metro or Florham campus). Completion of either track will academically qualify students to take the CPA exam and meet licensing requirements.

The first track, part of the College’s 150-hour accounting program, is designed for students who have an undergraduate major or concentration in accounting. This track was recognized with the American Accounting Association’s prestigious Innovation in Accounting Education Award. The other track is tailored to students who do not have an undergraduate background in accounting but desire to focus in this area at the graduate level.

Eduniversal has ranked FDU’s MS in Accounting program 20th in North America. The 4 star ranking earned by MS Accounting program puts FDU on par with the likes of Columbia University, Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania, Babson, and other highly regarded schools. Eduniversal is a global leader in higher education information. Their goal is to provide students worldwide with the tools to find the best education opportunities. Each year, more than 4 million students use Eduniversal in their search for the right program.

Student Testimonials

“The MS Accounting program at FDU is taught by highly-qualified professors who are not only teachers but are working professionals in their respective fields in Corporate America. They bring their real-world experience to the classrooms enriching the minds of the students with knowledge. They are always open to answer questions and share their opinions with the students. Leveraging the connections with the corporate world that our professors and students have provides us with a gamut of networking opportunities. One of the major advantages at FDU is its focus on the individual inasmuch as it is a private, more intimate university. This enables each student to harness all the resources FDU has to offer.” — Mala Paliwal (MS in Accounting ’07, associate, assurance practice, PricewaterhouseCoopers)

Learning Goals

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Analyze accounting problems for a multinational business enterprise. Graduates will be able construct and select solutions to these problems. (Critical Thinking)
  • Analyze, and propose effective solutions to, ethical problems in the accounting profession and in multinational business enterprise. (Ethics and Control)
  • Evaluate the importance of quality accounting information and assess the threats to accounting information reliability and relevance. (Information Quality)
  • Produce effective collaboration, leadership, negotiation and communication skills needed for effective resolution of multinational business accounting problems. (Communication and Interaction)
  • Evaluate the impact of financial, regulatory, and global developments on accounting standards and the accounting profession. (Perspective)
  • Integrate technology in the accounting function. (Technology and Systems)

More Information

For more information, contact Graduate Business Advising.

Degree Requirements

Track A

This 30-credit program is for students who have the bachelor’s degree or concentration in accounting and is designed to meet the 150-hour educational requirements for the New Jersey CPA Exam.

Required Courses (15 Credits)

Elective (15 Credits)

  • One Accounting Elective
  • Two Accounting or Tax Electives
  • Three Graduate Business Electives (6 credits)

Track B

This 30-credit program is designed for students who have not earned the bachelor’s degree in accounting. The requirements for the NJ CPA examination have changed, effective as of June 2017. In addition to 24 credits of accounting courses, 24 credits of business courses are also required. Six credits of business courses are already included in this Track B program. Students without a business background will need to take an additional 18 credits of business courses to sit for the NJ CPA exam.

Prerequisites (2 Credits)

At least one undergraduate course in financial accounting is required for admission into the program. Students with comparable graduate coursework may request a waiver from the department chair.

Program Requirements (30 Credits)

Course Descriptions