MBA/MST

Where Accounting and Taxation Meet

This dual degree is ideal for students who seek comprehensive mastery in the accounting and taxation field.

At Fordham, we call it the “MTA”— it combines the MBA in Public Accounting and the Master of Science in Taxation.

Accounting firms, financial institutions, and multinational corporations have expressed a strong demand for graduates with this degree. They specifically want to hire tax professionals with upper-management potential.

Fordham MTA graduates are broadly educated future executives whose expertise in accounting and taxation allows them to analyze business issues with a higher degree of sophistication.

You Will Be Ready for the CPA Exam

They are also ready to sit for the New York State Certified Public Accountant examination.

The program has two components:

  • Broad instruction in MBA-style general business principles and the common body of knowledge recommended by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants 
  • Comprehensive education and technical expertise in the field of taxation

The MTA is an intensive program with selective enrollment. Students can come into this program with either a business or liberal arts undergraduate background. The program requires 99 credits, but students who studied business as undergraduates may find they are able to waive out of certain required courses and complete the dual degree faster.

Students who complete the MTA are eligible to fulfill the curriculum requirements to sit for the New York State Certified Public Accountant Examination. For more specific information with regard to the exam and state licensure requirements, students should visit www.nasba.org.

Curriculum

Prerequisites (three courses, 9 credits)
BE 6220 Economic Analysis and Business Decisions DG 6810 Mathematical Methods for Business
DG 6820 Statistics

Required MBA Core Business Courses (eight courses, 24 credits)
AC 6111 Fundamentals of Accounting
BL 6310 Business Law I
FN 6411 Introduction to the Financial System and Methods (Prerequisite: AC 6111)
IS 6910 Business IT
MG 6613 Fundamentals of Management (Prerequisites: BE 6220 and DG 6820)
MK 6710 Customer-Driven Marketing (Prerequisite: BE 6220)
MG 6627 Operations Management
MG 7660 Strategy (Prerequisites: All prior core courses)

Note: MG 7660 Strategy, the capstone course of the MBA, should be taken as close to the end of the program as possible and only after the other core courses have been completed. Because of its integral importance to the program, this course will not be waived.

Concentration Courses

Accounting (seven courses, 21 credits)
AC 7105 Financial Accounting Theory
AC 7120 External Financial Information and Reporting
AC 7130 Advanced External Information and Reporting
AC 7155 Managerial Accounting Analysis
AC 7171 Auditing of Accounting Information Systems I
AC 7176 Auditing of Accounting Information Systems II
AC 7184 Individual and Business Entity Taxation

Taxation (10 courses, 30 credits)
TX 7001 Corporate Taxation
TX 7010 Federal Research and Procedure
TX 7015 Partnerships
TX 7020 Estate and Gift Taxes
TX 7041 Research Seminar
TX 7045 International Corporate Taxation
TX 7065 Current Law and Regulation Changes in Taxation

Taxation Electives

The student selects three additional courses from the taxation area. Certain required and advanced-level courses have prescribed prerequisites that must be met. One of the three may be TX 7811 Taxation Internship.

Breadth Courses (five courses, 15 credits)
BE 7230 Macroeconomics
BL 7320 Business Law II
FN 7421 Principles of Modern Finance
AC 7125 Financial Statement Analysis
Plus one of the following:

  • MS 7810 MBA Consulting Program
  • AC 7136 International Accounting
  • AC 7180 Accounting Research Seminar
  • AC 719B Forensic Accounting

Out-of-Classroom Requirements

The MTA requirements consist of the 99-credit course of study, as well as successful completion of MTA activities that relate coursework to the real world of business, such as:

  • MTA orientation
  • Annual MTA Tax Moot Court Competition
  • Competitions in Big Four Tax Challenge
  • Participation in tax conferences sponsored by Fordham University
  • Participation in MTA mentoring