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Hunter College Accounting Curriculum

Curriculum Requirements

The Master of Science in Accounting program at Hunter College is designed for students who have satisfied the academic requirements for an undergraduate degree in accounting. It requires 30 credits (10 courses) to graduate. You can pursue it on a part-time or full-time basis. We offer a flexible course schedule – most courses meet once a week in the evening. Full-time students can complete the program within one year.

The program provides intensive training in accounting research, taxation, auditing, ethics and communication. In addition, the program features advanced coverage of the core topics in accountancy, including financial accounting theory, contemporary issues in accounting, and specialized accounting and business courses in managerial accounting, managerial economics, and accounting information systems. The goal of the program is to increase the students’ technical competency in the accounting field while enhancing their skills in critical thinking, problem solving as well as communication and ethical decision making.

Along with a curriculum that builds the core accounting tool-set, the Hunter M.S. in Accounting program has set apart itself apart by requiring courses that emphasize and develop critical thinking. Not only does this create stronger graduates to compete in the job market, but it better prepares students for the CPA exam, which will focus 40% on critical thinking starting in 2017.


Our students belong to a vibrant and diverse academic community that go on to thrive in the New York City job market.

Application Deadlines

*Deadlines may be extended. Contact the admission office to ensure applications are closed.

Fall - Early Deadline: April 1

Fall - Late Deadline: June 1

Spring: November 1

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Required Courses

  • Research Techniques in Accounting
  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • Advanced Auditing
  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Business Ethics, Communications, and Research Project
  • Managerial Economics for Accountants

Elective Courses

  • Advanced Federal Taxation
  • Advanced Managerial Accounting
  • Governmental Accounting
  • State and Local Taxation

Non-Accounting Elective Courses

Students are also required to take two non-accounting electives from graduate offerings in Economics, Urban Affairs and Planning, and/or Applied Social Research.

For more information, see the Course Catalog for M.S. in Accounting.