Accounting (M.S.)

Our MS in Accounting program (33 credits), accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), helps students develop strong, comprehensive functional and technical skills as well as a specialized, in-depth understanding of the complexities of current accounting, auditing and tax practice. Classroom learning is immediately transferrable to the job and also prepares students to sit for the New Jersey CPA examination.

Students will benefit from the partnership between Becker CPA Review and Montclair State. To better prepare students for the CPA exam, the Department of Accounting, Law and Taxation has negotiated a substantial discount for students interested in taking the Becker CPA review course. This course is offered on the Montclair State University campus starting every June through October on Saturdays only. This course is only for Montclair State students.

As part of the program you may choose to take the forensic track which is listed as the end of the course descriptions. All 33 credits must be taken as shown. There are no electives. Upon completion you will also receive a certificate in forensic accounting. 


An application to MS in Accounting program requires:

  • One official copy of the academic transcript from each college and/or university attended, documenting an earned undergraduate degree with a major or concentration in Accounting.
  • Official scores from the Graduate Management Admission Test [GMAT].
  • A statement of professional objectives.
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation, from persons qualified to evaluate the applicant's promise of academic achievement and potential for professional growth.
  • A non-refundable application fee.
  • A current resume is not required, but applicants are encouraged to include one.


Credentials are processed as soon as they are received. This program does not have a specific deadline; however, The Graduate School recommends that students submit their credentials as far in advance as possible from the semester they plan to begin their studies to ensure a timely review of their application.

Students are admitted to begin courses in the MS in Accounting in both Fall and Spring semesters, but applications are processed throughout the year. We encourage you to apply well in advance of the term in which you plan to begin your studies, to ensure there is time for a comprehensive review of all your credentials.

Program Requirements

Required Core Courses
ACCT 506Internal Auditing3
ACCT 514Advanced Taxation for Accountants3
ACCT 523Financial Statement Analysis3
ACCT 540International Accounting and Auditing3
BSLW 503Business Law I3
Required Track
Select one of the following tracks:15
Accounting Track
Governmental and Not For Profit Accounting
Select 12 credits from the following:
Accounting Information Systems
Fundamentals of Federal Taxation
Contemporary Issues in Financial Accounting I
Contemporary Issues in Financial Accounting II
Auditing Concepts and Techniques
International Taxation and International Management Accounting
Fraud Examination
Forensic Accounting
Business Law II
Forensic Accounting Track
Accounting Information Systems
Fraud Examination
Forensic Accounting
Business Valuation
Legal Issues in Forensic Accounting
Culminating Experience
ACCT 542Comprehensive Issues in Public Accountancy3
Total Credits33

The Forensic Accounting track in the Master of Science in Accounting prepares students and practicing accountants with the proficiencies needed in this specialized field: Students and professionals completing this program will:

  • Understand fraud prevention, detection and response and financial statement misrepresentation.
  • Be able to understand economic and commercial damages calculations, critically examine the valuation of companies within a litigation environment.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of technical issues such as bankruptcy, dispute resolution and matrimonial accounting.

The academic program consists of eleven courses that are to be delivered in either in a face to face or hybrid format that makes extensive use of the University’s instructional design services. The courses in this proposed program can be taken in any order and will be offered once each academic year.  

Students graduating from this track will also receive a Certificate in Forensic Accounting.