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MSA Curriculum

The technical skills you need.
The experience employers want.

These days, the right technical skills and certifications are just the minimum. Employers seek candidates who also have proven their ability to apply accounting knowledge to real-world situations.

For that reason, the Gabelli School Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) curriculum features interactive learning experiences, requiring students to perform in circumstances that mimic current working conditions. Communication, presentation, and critical-thinking skills receive special emphasis, while internships ensure that students graduate with the experience that top-tier firms are looking for.

Courses

Prerequisites

MSA candidates who have not had any professional training or academic coursework using basic U.S. audit or tax concepts (those who have not taken an audit or tax course at a U.S. institution) will have the opportunity to take:

  • AC 7171 Auditing of Accounting Systems I (3 credits)
  • AC 7184 Individual and Business Entity Taxation (3 credits)

Degree candidates whose native language is not English and who have not completed an undergraduate or graduate program in the United States, Canada, or United Kingdom will have the opportunity to take:

  • MS 809A Advanced Presentations and Public Speaking (1.5 credits)
  • MS 809B Advanced Corporate Communications for Accounting and Taxation
  • Professionals (1.5 credits)

Please note: AC 7171 Auditing of Accounting Systems I, AC 7184 Individual and Business Entity Taxation, and both 1.5-credit courses listed above should be taken during the first semester. This increases the number of credits and courses required for the MSA degree, but these courses add significant value.

Resulting credit requirements for students in the prerequisite situations described above are as follows:

  • For students who are required to take the Auditing of Accounting Systems I class, the program is 33 credits.
  • For students who are required to take the Individual and Business Entity Taxation class, the program is 33 credits.
  • For students who are required to take the two advanced communications mini-courses, the program is 33 credits.
  • For students who are required to take Auditing of Accounting Systems I and the two advanced communications mini-courses, the program is 36 credits.
  • For students who are required to take Individual and Business Entity Taxation and the two advanced communications mini-courses, the program is 36 credits.
  • For students who are required to take Auditing of Accounting Systems I and Individual and Business Entity Taxation, the program is 36 credits.
  • For students who are required to take Auditing of Accounting Systems I, Individual and Business Entity Taxation, and the two advanced communications mini-courses, the program is 39 credits.

Required Courses
(6 courses, 18 credits)

  • AC 7125 Financial Statement Analysis
  • AC 7136 International Accounting
  • AC 7160 Internal Reporting and Control
  • AC 7176 Auditing of Accounting Systems II
  • TX 7001 Corporate Taxation
  • TX 7010 Federal Research and Procedure

Accounting/Taxation Electives
(3 courses, 9 credits)

Students can choose any tax course related to their interests or any advanced-level accounting course except for AC 6111 Fundamentals of Accounting, AC 7105 Financial Accounting, and AC 7184 Individual and Business Entity Taxation.

Having the option to pursue a minor concentration through electives is a feature that sets the Gabelli School’s MSA program apart.

Business Elective
Recommendations for the advanced-level business elective should be determined in conjunction with the program's academic advisor.

For full course listings and descriptions, visit the academic bulletin