Accounting (MS)

Program Overview

Our Master’s of Science in Accounting program provides a generalist, hands-on approach to accounting that emphasizes conceptual understanding, analytical methods and logical reasoning. Students may also choose to pursue a concentration in taxation. The program blends opportunities to learn the most up-to-date accounting theories and analytical techniques with chances to apply this knowledge in real-world situations.

The curriculum is highly integrated in current events and seeks to foster skills that are applicable in the modern social and professional context. Students are expected to have strong communication and writing skills and to wish to learn in a collaborative environment.

A broad range of courses are available in auditing and taxation, as well as financial and managerial accounting. Explore the MS in Accounting curriculum for more information. Students may choose electives in the Master's of Business Administration (MBA) program to enrich their course of study. The MS Accounting can be pursued on a full-time or part-time basis.

Degrees Offered

  • MS in Accounting

Internships, research opportunities and more

In 2014, Binghamton University’s School of Management (SOM) was ranked 23rd among public business schools in the U.S. by Bloomberg Businessweek. Within our programs, students learn from experienced, distinguished faculty and work alongside competitive peers who are highly motivated in a rigorous curriculum. Through the Fleishman Center for Career and Professional Development and SOM Career Services Office, students have access to a number of resources, including industry research workshops, group advising and an annual job and internship fair that brings 60+ companies and organizations to campus to recruit prospective graduates.

After You Graduate

School of Management graduates wishing to enter the workforce are recruited by acclaimed companies in the industry — 87% of graduates from the class of 2013 received full-time offers within 90 days of graduation. Binghamton University is a leading source of new hires for the Big Four accounting firms: EY, PwC, Deloitte and KPMG. With the school’s strong national reputation, alumni are also actively sought out by regional firms and government agencies such as the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Our MS in Accounting program also provides a solid theoretical foundation for students who intend to pursue a doctoral degree following graduation.

Admissions Requirements

To be eligible for graduate study, you must:

  • Provide a complete set of your undergraduate (and, if applicable, graduate) transcripts showing one of the following:
    • You have earned a bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university
    • You are within one academic year of earning a bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) from a nationally or regionally accredited college or university
    • You are eligible to apply as part of a memorandum of understanding between your current institution and Binghamton University
  • Have earned, at minimum, one of the following:
    • A 3.0 GPA over your entire undergraduate career
    • A 3.0 GPA during your last 60 semester credits or 90 quarter credits of your undergraduate degree, with most courses graded regularly (not as "pass/fail")
    • A 3.0 GPA in a graduate degree, with most courses graded regularly (not as "pass/fail")
    • In consideration of the different grading scales used around the world, each academic department evaluates international transcripts to determine on a case-by-case basis whether they demonstrate one of the above requirements.

To apply, you must submit the following materials. For general guidelines for these materials, see the Admission Requirements website.

  • Online graduate degree application with graduate degree application fee
  • Transcripts from each college or university that you have attended
  • Personal statement of no longer than one page describing your reasons for pursuing graduate study, your career aspirations, your special interests within your field, and any unusual features of your background that might need explanation or be of interest to the graduate admissions committee
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • GRE or GMAT scores are accepted, but not required

International students must also submit the following materials. For more information about these materials, see the International Students section of the Admission Requirements website.

  • International Student Financial Statement (ISFS) form
  • Supporting financial documentation (such as bank statements, scholarship or sponsor letters, etc.)
  • Proof of English proficiency (such as official TOEFL/IELTS/PTE Academic/Duolingo* scores)
    • *In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the Graduate School at Binghamton University has temporarily approved the use of the Duolingo English Test as proof of English proficiency through the 2021 application cycle.

This information is subject to change. While we make every effort to update these program pages, we recommend that you contact the department with questions about program-specific requirements.

Class Profile

Total Enrollment: 254
International / Non-Citizen Enrollment: 65%
GRE Verbal: 98%
GMAT: 72%
GPA: 3.6

*These scores represent the AVERAGE for the recently admitted class; scoring lower does not result in automatic rejection and scoring higher does not guarantee acceptance.


Degree Fall Spring
MS in AccountingMarch 15 (Recommended)December 1 (Recommended)

Accelerated/4+1 Degrees

You may also be interested in our accelerated/4+1 degree programs which allow students to complete their bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in just 5 years:

For more information, visit the Accounting website.