Accounting (MS)

Program Overview

Our Masters of Science in Accounting program provides a generalist, hands-on approach that emphasizes conceptual understanding, analytical methods and logical reasoning. The program incorporates current accounting principles and applied research techniques with opportunities to apply this knowledge in real-world situations.

The program is designed to help meet the necessary 150 credit hour requirements for CPA certification and licensure. Our program has an increasing focus on new technical skills and proficiencies to help students meet the demands of an accounting industry that is constantly evolving.

A broad range of courses are available in auditing and assessment, as well as financial and managerial accounting. You can also choose to pursue an academic concentration in Taxation. In addition to the required coursework, students may choose electives from the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program to enrich their course of study.

Binghamton University's School of Management holds a separate accounting accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International. Fewer than 25 percent of AACSB-accredited institutions have this distinction.

Degrees Offered

  • MS in Accounting

Internships, Research Opportunities and More

As the accounting industry continues to evolve, students will need new technical skills and proficiencies to successfully navigate their career. Utilizing case studies and software such as Visio, SAP, Alteryx, Tableau and Mathematica, our courses integrate best practices from growing areas and give students the opportunity to get hands-on experience with:

  • Data analysis and visualization
  • Programming (such as Python and R)
  • Blockchain
  • Cybersecurity
  • Decision making using real-world datasets
  • Constrained optimization problems

SOM also has its own Career Services office, which provides a wide array of services that include one-on-one career counseling, professional development workshops, career and alumni mentoring events, mock interviews and résumé critiques.

After You Graduate

Over 90% of our recent accounting graduates received full-time job offers within three months of graduation. Binghamton University is a leading source of new hires for the Big Four accounting firms: EY, PwC, Deloitte and KPMG. With the school’s strong national reputation, alumni are also actively sought out by regional firms and government agencies.

Admission Requirements


There are many funding and scholarship opportunities at Binghamton. We encourage prospective students to review available program-specific scholarships and awards, and visit the program's website for additional information. Note: Master's students are generally self-funded, although funding opportunities occasionally arise.

Accelerated/4+1 Degrees

You may also be interested in our accelerated/4+1 degree programs which allow students to complete their bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in just 5 years!

For more information, visit the Accounting website.