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“Paying it forward” may be the most valuable accounting technique taught in our MSA program.

Lots of graduate programs teach the basics of accounting. At the Gabelli School of Business, you’ll get something even more valuable: access to a network of active, supportive alumni who are committed to helping you succeed. That factor can make or break your job search in this competitive field, where connections are everything and the support of a mentor can be invaluable.

Full-time and part-time options

The Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) offers two schedule choices:

  • A one-year full-time program
  • A part-time program spread over a longer time frame, ideal for professionals who don’t want to leave their jobs while they pursue the degree

MSA overview

Technical knowledge will only get you so far in this field. Accountants who also have communication and critical-thinking skills will enjoy more rewarding career opportunities. The Gabelli School MSA is unique in providing these “soft” skills, which are indispensable in today’s corporate world.

The MSA may supplement an undergraduate degree in public accounting to meet the 150-credit-hour educational requirement for the New York State CPA examination. Because undergraduate accounting programs vary, however, please visit to make certain this holds true for your specific bachelor’s degree.

The Gabelli School edge

In addition to our engaged alumni network, the Gabelli School MSA draws on a faculty made up largely of working professionals. You will attend frequent seminars led by specialists in the field, and your assignments will be judged by executives from prominent accounting firms—a great way to see how you’ll perform in the real world. Because internships are an important part of the program, you’ll gain work experience even before you take your CPA exam.

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Ideal candidates

This degree is perfect for students who want a career in accounting. Thanks to our emphasis on communication and business skills, Gabelli School graduates are poised to take on roles with significant opportunities for advancement.

Leadership intelligence

No matter the industry or role you choose, mastering leadership skills will help you achieve your professional goals. The Leadership Intelligence Certification ™ prepares you to be an effective leader by helping you identify your leadership style, practice solving real problems, target your strengths, and build personal connections.