Accounting (B.S.) (Combined B.S./M.S. Accounting)

This 5-year degree program combines our BS and MS in Accounting programs and prepares students to become Certified Public Accountants (CPA). Our Accounting program, accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), helps students develop strong, comprehensive functional and technical skills and provides a specialized, in-depth understanding of the complexities of current accounting, auditing and tax practice. Classroom learning is immediately transferrable to the job and prepares students to sit for the New Jersey CPA examination. The program also helps fulfill the required 150 credit hours of study needed to become licensed in New Jersey. 

A Combined Degree program enables undergraduate students to enroll in graduate courses in their senior year, which can be counted towards the completion of both their Bachelor's and Master's degree requirements.  The ability to take these "swing courses" allows students to earn both their Bachelor's and Master's degrees in a shortened period of time, typically within five years.  Undergraduate students interested in this option can find more information regarding program requirements on the University's Combined Programs website.

Program Requirements Overview

General Education Requirements30
World Languages and Cultures Requirements3-9
Major Requirements66
Graduate Swing Courses9
Free Electives12-6
Total Credits120

Major Requirements

Requirements for the graduate portion of this combined program can be found here.

Complete with a minimum 2.70 GPA:

Required Business Courses
BSLW 266The Impact of Law on the Business Environment3
BCOM 280Strategic Business Communications3
FINC 300Integrated Core: Finance3
INFO 300Integrated Core: Operations Management3
MGMT 300Integrated Core: Management3
MKTG 300Integrated Core: Marketing3
Finance Elective
Select one of the following:3
Corporate Finance
International Financial Management
Required Accounting Courses
ACCT 201Fundamentals of Financial Accounting3
ACCT 202Fundamentals of Managerial Accounting3
ACCT 301Intermediate Accounting I3
ACCT 302Intermediate Accounting II3
ACCT 304Contemporary Issues in Intermediate Accounting3
ACCT 305Taxation for Individuals3
ACCT 307Cost Accounting3
ACCT 309Accounting Information Systems3
ACCT 312Principles of Corporate Controllership3
ACCT 401Advanced Accounting3
ACCT 404Senior Seminar in Accounting3
Required Collateral Courses
ECON 101Applied Macroeconomics3
ECON 102Applied Microeconomics3
INFO 173Spreadsheet Modeling for Business Decisions3
INFO 240Statistical Methods in Business3
Total Credits66

Graduate Swing Courses

A combined degree program allows students to complete 6-12 graduate credits ("graduate swing courses") while enrolled as an undergraduate. These courses count for both their bachelor and master’s degrees.  Graduate swing courses will count toward undergraduate free electives, unless noted otherwise.

The Graduate Swing Courses for this program:

ACCT 514Advanced Taxation for Accountants3
ACCT 524Auditing Concepts and Techniques3
ACCT 539Advanced Audit Analytics3

General Education Requirements

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A. New Student Seminar
Complete a 1 credit New Student Seminar course.1
C. Communication
1. Writing 3
2. Literature3
3. Communication3
D. Fine and Performing Arts
Complete a 3 credit Fine and Performing Arts course.3
F. Humanities
1. Great Works and Their Influences3
2. Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
G. Computer Science
Spreadsheet Modeling for Business Decisions (Fulfilled in the major.)
H. Mathematics
Statistical Methods in Business (Fulfilled in the major.)
I. Natural Science Laboratory
Complete a 4 credit Natural Science Laboratory course.4
J. Physical Education
Complete a 1 credit Physical Education course.1
K. Social Science
1. American and European History 3
2. Global Cultural Perspectives3
3. Social Science Perspectives
Applied Macroeconomics (Fulfilled in the major.)
L. Interdisciplinary Studies
Applied Microeconomics (Fulfilled in the major.)
Total Credits30

World Languages and Cultures Requirements

Click here for a list of courses that fulfill World Languages and Cultures categories.

World Languages
Based on language placement exam, complete one or two sequential courses in the same language. Requirement is automatically fulfilled by language major courses.3-6
World Cultures
Requirement may be fulfilled by course selected in General Education - Social Science: Global Cultural Perspectives. Requirement may also be fulfilled by major coursework. See list of courses.0-3
Total Credits3-9

Recommended Roadmap to Degree(s)

This recommended five-year plan is provided as an outline for students to follow in order to complete their degree requirements within five years.  This plan is a recommendation and students should only use it in consultation with their academic advisor.

Fifth year courses are taken at the graduate level, after matriculation into the graduate portion of this combined degree program.

Undergraduate Program 

First Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (A) New Student Seminar1GENERAL EDUCATION: (C2) Literature3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C1) Writing3GENERAL EDUCATION (K1) Social Science – American and European History3
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C3) Communication3ACCT 2013
ECON 1013BCOM 2803
INFO 1733ECON 1023
INFO 2403 
 16 15
Second Year
GENERAL EDUCATION (F2) Humanities – Philosophical and Religious Perspectives3ACCT 3023
ACCT 2023FINC 3003
ACCT 3013MGMT 3003
BSLW 2663MKTG 3003
Free Elective3INFO 3003
 15 15
Third Year
World Language 13GENERAL EDUCATION (I) Natural Science Laboratory4
ACCT 3043GENERAL EDUCATION (K2) Social Science – Global Cultural Perspectives3
ACCT 3053World Language 23
ACCT 3093ACCT 3073
Free Elective3ACCT 4013
 15 16
Fourth Year
GENERAL EDUCATION (D) Fine and Performing Arts3GENERAL EDUCATION (J) Physical Education1
GENERAL EDUCATION (F1) Humanities – Great Works and Their Influences3World Cultures3
ACCT 5243ACCT 3123
ACCT 5143ACCT 4043
FINC 322, 326, or 3273ACCT 5393
 15 13
Total Credits 120

Graduate Program 

Fifth Year
Accounting 500-Level Course3Accounting 500-Level Course3
Accounting 500-Level Course3Accounting 500-Level Course3
Accounting 500-Level Course3Accounting 500-Level Course3
Accounting 500-Level Course3Accounting 500-Level Course3
 12 12
Total Credits 24