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Graduate Catalog 2009-2011 
Graduate Catalog 2009-2011 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Accountancy - MS

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The MS in Accounting program at Hunter College is designed for students who have satisfied the academic requirements for an undergraduate degree in accounting. It will provide intensive training in accounting research, information systems, ethics, and advanced coverage of the core topics in accountancy. Students completing the program will be well equipped for a successful career in accounting. Hunter’ s MS in Accounting has been approved by the New York State Department of Education as a CPA licensure-qualifying program for students who have earned a BS in Accounting at Hunter College or an equivalent undergraduate program.

Beginning in August of 2009, New York State requires all CPA candidates to have completed 150-credit hours in order to sit for the Uniform CPA Examinations. The graduates of the MS program will be able to fulfill this requirement.

The MS program is a 30-credit program consisting of six required courses, two accounting electives, and two non-accounting electives. It can be pursued on a full-time or part-time basis. The program curriculum and admission requirements are outlined below. The accounting faculty within the Economics Department at Hunter College has established a record of teaching excellence, and has produced research of the highest quality within the field of accounting.

Requirements for Admission

A BS degree in Accounting from Hunter College or the equivalent from another regionally accredited college or university with:

  • An overall GPA of 2.75 and A GPA of 3.0 in accounting courses
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A GMAT score
  • A TOEFL score (if an applicant has received all or part of the undergraduate education in a country where English is not the native language).

Students applying with undergraduate degrees other than a BS in Accounting from Hunter may be accepted under the above standards but will need to meet the academic requirements of Hunter’s BS in Accounting in addition to the requirements for the MS degree. (The undergraduate requirements include an accounting core comprised of ECO 27100 and 27200, Principles of Accounting I and II; ECO 37100 and 37200, Intermediate Accounting I and II; ECO 47100 and 47200, Advanced Accounting I and II; ECO 28000 and 38000, Business Law I and II; ECO 37400, Cost Accounting; ECO 37300 and 47300, Individual and Business Taxation; and ECO 47500, Auditing. For a complete description of the undergraduate requirements, see the Hunter College Undergraduate Catalog.).

Requirements for the Degree

The MS in Accounting program requires a student to earn 30 credits: 18 credits from a required core of six courses, 6 credits in accounting electives, and 6 credits in non-accounting electives, as outlined below. Additionally, a capstone research project will be undertaken as part of the required coursework.


*The following may be substituted for ECO 660 with permission of the program adviser.


An additional twelve (12) credit hours, selected from among the following 3-credit courses, are also required. Students are required to take two courses from the accounting electives and two from liberal arts (non-accounting electives).

Other (Non-Accounting) Electives

Any other 600- or 700-level course offered by the Hunter College Economics Department may be taken as a non-accounting elective.

Graduate level courses within the Department of Urban Affairs and Planning and the graduate program in Social Research may also be taken as electives.

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