M.S. in Accounting

M.S. in Accounting

The Master of Science degree in accounting provides students with an opportunity to broaden and develop beyond the undergraduate level in critical thinking, writing and analytical skills. The program is designed to prepare students to integrate ethical principles into decision making, critically evaluate alternative solutions, articulate issues effectively, and solve complex problems. 

The graduate program of study combined with the bachelor’s degree in accounting meets the current minimum educational requirements for the certified public accountant (CPA) license in New Jersey. The CPA license is acknowledged internationally as a standard for accountants in public accounting and in the corporate environment. The CPA license is a valuable credential for career progression and for broadening professional skills and perspective.


  • The completion of a Bachelor’s degree.
  • The minimum requirement for admission to the MBA / MS programs is 3.0 (Effective spring 2014)
  • Students whose undergraduate GPA is between 2.75-2.99 will be considered for admission and matriculation with the following conditions:
  • Business undergraduate majors with a GPA below 3.0 (2.75-2.99) must take the GMAT and attain a score of 560 (50th percentile) or better.
  • Or, must take Graduate Business Essentials in the first semester and attain a grade of B to continue in the MS or MBA program.
  • NJCU business graduates with GPA 2.75-2.99 must also get a recommendation from the business unit coordinator or a senior faculty member of their major.
  • Non-business majors must have a GPA of 2.75 or better and must take Graduate Business Essentials in the first semester and attain a grade of B to continue in the MS or MBA program.
  • Meet all minimum requirements of the Graduate Studies Office. These requirements include: completed application; transcripts; recommendation letters; essay; resume; and GMAT test results. An interview may be requested.
  • Additional requirements for international students include: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test result, and Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE), or World Education Services (WES) evaluation of international transcripts.
  • Graduate courses from other institutions may be accepted with approval of the Graduate Business Department.


Graduate courses are held at two off campus locations. Students may study at the School of Business located at 200 Hudson Street, Harborside 2, Jersey City, New Jersey, 07311. Or, students may take graduate courses at NJCU at Brookdale, 800 Monmouth Blvd., Wall, New Jersey, 07719.

The Master of Science in Accounting requires a minimum of 30 graduate credits for those applicants who have an undergraduate degree in accounting. All other applicants including students with an international degree are required to take 42 credits which include the accounting foundation courses (12 credits).*


 Course Course Title Credits
  Program Core - 27 credits  
FINC 603 Quantitative Methods for Business Decisions 3
FINC 607  Corporate Financial Management 3
ACCT 610 Business Ethics 3
ACCT 651 Professional Auditing 3
ACCT 652 Strategic Profitability Analysis 3
ACCT 653 Taxation of Business Entities 3
ACCT 659 Analysis of Financial Statements 3
ACCT 681 Business Law for Managers 3
ACCT 754 Contemporary Accounting Issues 3
  Elective Courses - select 3 credits  
MGMT 612 Global Strategic Management 3
FINC 625 Financial Modeling 3
FINC 670  Working Capital Management 3
ACCT 691 Introduction to Fraud Examination 3

*Other elective courses may be taken with the permission of the department chair.

*Students whose undergraduate degree includes a major / specialization other than accounting and international students are required to take the accounting foundation courses noted below.

Foundation courses

Course Course Title Credits
ACCT 601 Financial Accounting 3
ACCT 602 Accounting for Business Entities 3
ACCT 604 Federal Taxation of Individuals 3
ACCT608 Financial Accounting II 3

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Marguerite Griffin, MBA, CPA, CFP, CFE
Chair, Accounting Department
Phone: (201) 200-3353

Isabel Casais, MBA
Assistant to the Dean for Graduate Enrollment Management
Email: icasais@njcu.edu
Phone: (201) 200-3230

Location: 200 Hudson Street, Harborside 2, Jersey City, NJ 07311

The MS in Accounting program is accredited by: