Accounting Master's

Sample Courses

  • Accounting Theory and Research
  • Advanced Auditing Theory
  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • Advanced Taxation Accounting
  • Information Systems Theory and Practice
  • Leadership in Organizations
  • Managerial Economic Analysis
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Strategic Equity Analysis
  • Strategic Management Accounting

Recent Internships

  • Big Four accounting firms in NYC and Rochester 
  • Large regional and national accounting firms 
  • NYC-based regional and national accounting firms 
  • Rochester-based regional accounting firms 
  • Other WNY accounting firms 
  • Public company corporate accounting 
  • Private company corporate accounting

Alumni Spotlight

Allison Ludlow Brown ’19, ’20 MS, CPA

Major: Accounting

Career: Brown is a senior tax associate at Baker Tilly US, a leading advisory, tax, and assurance firm.

Accounting Master's

Why study accounting at Geneseo?

The master’s in accounting program in the School of Business meets the New York State CPA licensure requirements, as well as providing skills and knowledge expected for superior performance in the increasingly demanding accounting profession. The program is designed as full-time (fall admission) with most students completing the degree in one year. Core courses cover topics in financial, managerial, and tax accounting, advanced audit, and a capstone in financial accounting theory and research. Additional courses cover information systems, quantitative methods, managerial economics, and advanced financial management.

Fifth-year graduates enjoy numerous benefits: Their advanced skills, knowledge, and experience frequently translate to faster advancement and better career prospects. They need only one year of work to meet the experience requirement for CPA licensure, and they have significantly higher pass rates on the CPA exam.


Program Options

Program Highlights

  • AACSB international accreditation for School of Business
  • Two master’s tracks: a one-year program (for those with a bachelor’s in accounting) or the Geneseo Accounting Advisory Pathway (GAAP) (for those without a bachelor’s in accounting)
  • Award-winning faculty with a mix of PhDs, CPAs, and SUNY-system awards for excellence and distinction in teaching
  • Dedicated in-house Career Coach who provides job search support and guidance 
  • Active and committed alumni networks throughout WNY and in cities such as NYC, Boston, Chicago, and Charlotte 
  • Student activities such as on-campus Meet the Accountants night and annual weekend trip to NYC 
  • Faculty mentorship for students in the Accounting Society, the CFA Research Challenge, and directed studies
  • Very competitive student performances on the CPA exam
  • Active recruiting process and consistent job placement rates from the high 90s to 100%

Example Career Fields

  • Public accounting, with dozens of industry and technical specializations to choose from
  • Income tax specialization, with a focus on compliance and planning and specialization areas in personal or entity taxation
  • Finance, with most corporate finance practitioners having a strong background in public accounting
  • Entrepreneurship, with specific practical knowledge about taxation and performance measurement useful when starting own business 
  • Teaching at secondary, college, and university levels 

Recent Employers

  • Berdon LLP
  • The Bonadio Group
  • Constellation Brands
  • Defense Contract Audit Agency
  • Deloitte
  • EisnerAmper LLP
  • Ernst & Young
  • FBI
  • Grant Thornton LLP
  • IRS
  • KPMG International
  • Mazars
  • NYS Department of Taxation
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • RSM US

Contact Info

Harry Howe, Distinguished Teaching Professor
South Hall 107

School of Business

Business Faculty

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