College of Staten Island

Graduate Catalog 2014-2015

Master of Science in Accounting (MS)

School of Business, Building 3N, Room 235

Interim Founding Dean, Susan Holak, BS, MPhil, PhD

Program Coordinator: Assistant Professor John Sandler

Building 3N, Room 238

Telephone: 718.982.2963

The College of Staten Island offers a program leading to the degree of Master of Science in Accounting. Designed to provide accouting students with specialized knowledge in a critical area of accounting while also providing them with a broader understanding of the business environment and enabling students to meet the 150 credit requirement for CPA licensure.

The Department of Business at CSI also offers Baccalaureate degrees in Accounting and in Business (with concentrations in Finance, International Business, Management, and Marketing). The Department of Political Science, Economics, and Philosophy offers degrees in Economics. Graduates in all of these disciplines are potential candidates for the Master’s degree program in Accounting.

Accounting Admission Requirements

The program admits students for the fall semester only.

  • A graduate Accounting Steering Committee comprised of the Program Coordinator and Area Coordinators from Accounting, Finance, International Business, Management, and Marketing will determine admissions using the following criteria:
  • Baccalaureate degree in Accounting or a related field such as Business or Economics. Potential students may apply after taking proficiency courses.
  • Letter of intent
  • Overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher.
  • Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT).
  • CSI graduates who have a GPA of 3.2 or higher in their accounting or business pre-major and major are exempt from taking the GMAT.
  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam is a requirement of students for whom English is a second language. The minimum score required for TOEFL is 600 (paper), 250 (Computer), or 100 (Internet). The minimum score for the IELTS exam is 7 (overall band).
  • Two letters of recommendation from instructors or employers. One letter, whenever possible, should come from a current or former employer.
  • All applicants must demonstrate proficiency in business fundamentals and in-depth knowledge of accounting by having completed the following undergraduate coursework before starting the MS:
  • Seven courses in accounting (including introductory, intermediate, and cost accounting, taxation, and auditing)
  • Two courses in business law (including the law of contracts, sole proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations)
  • Two courses in finance (including managerial finance)
  • One course in communications (may be a communications course or a business course with a strong emphasis on business presentations)
  • One course in computer fundamentals (i.e. MS Windows, Office, Internet skills)
  • Two courses in economics (microeconomics and macroeconomics)
  • Two courses in quantitative methods (minimum of pre-calculus and statistics)
  • One course in management
  • One course in marketing
  • Applicants may substitute a passing score on the CLEP examination for any of the proficiency requirements.
  • The Admission Committee may request an interview

Accounting Degree Requirements

Students in the Master’s degree program in Accounting are required to take 30 credit hours, or ten courses at three credits each, at the graduate level. Most students will have satisfied prerequisites in accounting, communications (through a communications course or through business classes with major presentation requirements such as upper-level courses in management and marketing), computer fundamentals (one course equivalent to BUS 150), economics (two courses equivalent to microeconomics and macroeconomics and quantitative methods (minimum of pre-calculus and statistics) as undergraduates. With prerequisites satisfied, all students are required to take four core courses:

Core Courses

FNC 600

Financial Management

MGT 600

The Adminstrative Process

MGT 605

Business Governemnt and Society

MKT 600

Strategic Marketing Management

These courses, as well as later courses, may involve case studies, computer simulations, formal presentations and projects, and exploring the Internet. Once these core courses have been completed, students are required to take five advanced courses:

Advanced Courses

ACC 725

Foresnsic Accounting

ACC 730

Accounting/Management Information Systems

ACC 750

Accounting Research

FNC 730

Financial Statement Analysis

MGT 770

Managerial Decision Making and Applications

The capstone course, Managerial Decision Making and Applications, involves a comprehensive and integrative approach to managing an organization over time through computer simulation. There is a significant quantitative and financial aspect to the course complemented by a qualitative analysis of business policy and strategy over time. While not a thesis per se, a significant written assignment is required at the culmination of the course in addition to smaller papers during the term. This capstone course is comparable to those offered at many business schools worldwide. It is a very rigorous experience designed to bolster the program’s intent of training decision makers.

In addition, students will select one course from the following:

ACC 740

Tax Strategies and Business Decisions

BUS 720

Global Strategy Abroad: Focusing on a Foreign Based Firm

FNC 740

Financial Planning

MGT 710

Leadership and Organization Effectiveness

MGT 720

Global Business Strategy

MGT 730

Strategic Human Resource Management

MGT 790

Seminar in Contemporary Business Topics

MGT 820

Intellectual Property Management

MKT 730

Services Marketing and Management

MKT 740

Business to Business Marketing

The advanced courses in accounting and finance provide an in-depth understanding of investigative accounting. They blend knowledge of accounting information systems, accounting research, forensic accounting, and financial statement analysis to understand how to conduct detailed investigations of accounting activity and to strengthen the integrity of accounting systems.

The core courses provide students with a broader understanding of the other major business disciplines (management, marketing and finance), as well as the norms of ethics and social responsibility that influence accounting decisions and outcomes.

The degree will also enable students to meet the 150 credit requirement for CPA licensure while providing students with the broader perspective now

emphasized by the accounting profession.

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