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2008-2009 Graduate Catalog 
2008-2009 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Certified Public Accounting

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The 5-year Master of Science in Certified Public Accounting Program is available to entering freshman with the option to pursue a joint BS/MS degree.  Completion of the joint BS/MS will satisfy the 150 credit hour requirements to sit for the New York State C.P.A. exam effective August 1, 2009. 

Students completing the Certified Public Accounting program will acquire the knowledge and skills needed to succeed as an active member of the profession.  Successful completion of the accounting program will allow you to:

  • Meet the current academic requirements needed to sit for the New York State C.P.A. exam.  Requirements will change effective August 1, 2009.
  • Acquire knowledge from the areas of economics, finance, management, marketing, ethics, technology and global issues.
  • Develop skills in the areas of communication (oral or written), critical thinking, analysis and teamwork.
  • Learn to use sound professional judgment to resolve problems in an analytical and ethical manner.
  • Prepare to serve the public interest by providing fair and impartial information.

Students completing the accounting degree are qualified to work in the fields of public, private and not-for-profit accounting.

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, the employment of accountants and auditors is expected to grow about as fast as the average for all occupations through the year 2012. An increase in the number of businesses, changing financial laws and regulations, and increased scrutiny of company finances will drive growth.

The growth of international business also has led to more demand for accounting expertise and services related to international trade and accounting rules, as well as to international mergers and acquisitions. These trends should create more jobs for accountants and auditors.

A GPA of at least 2.5 in undergraduate accounting courses is required for entry into the graduate phase of the program. An overall GPA of 3.0 must be maintained in graduate level courses.

Program Director
Phyllis Bloom, M.B.A., C.P.A.

Entry Requirements  

The M.S. in Certified Public Accounting program is only offered as a five-year program where students enter as Freshmen and earn a joint BS/MS degree. At this time Nazareth College does not offer a master’s only M.S. in Certified Public Accounting.

Students interested in applying for the program should contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office at (585) 389-2860.


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