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Master of Science Degree in Accounting

Get a degree that you can apply to any business in any industry and across all borders, as accounting is the common language that every company requires. Be equipped to help organizations improve profitability and move forward by enhancing strategy and growth. And, per, discover why a master's degree in accounting is your next step towards the C-suite.

The Master of Science in Accounting program at Saunders College is a one-year program, serving as a more specialized alternative to the MBA degree in Accounting which provides a broader education across all business functions. The program qualifies you to sit for the Certified Public Accountancy (CPA) exam in New York State. As a new accountant or professional looking to advance your career, the program brings together important areas of technology, finance, strategy and compliance. You will obtain the technological skills employers seek and that are necessary to design, operate and control Accounting Information Systems, taught by a faculty recognized #6 nationally for management information systems.

CPA exam passing rates for Saunders College accounting graduates consistently exceed national and state averages. Overseen by a highly-recognized accounting faculty and backed by an Accounting Advisory Board of industry professionals, the program has a great reputation among employers. An annual accounting career fair provides great networking opportunities to help ensure strong demand for Saunders accounting graduates.

Leadership Fellows Program

The Saunders Leadership Fellows Program is dedicated to enhancing the education of our students by providing professional development and extensive experiential learning for individual fellows. The fellowship program also offers significant advantages, such as 50% scholarship award, and more. Limited applicants are selected.

Recognized among the nations very best business schools

Saunders College graduate programs are recognized by national and international rankings, including U.S. News & World Report 2019 Best Graduate School Rankings which places Saunders as the #93 graduate business school in the nation. In additional recognitions, TFE (The Financial Engineer) Times ranks Saunders MS in Accounting #47 among top graduate schools and programs in North America in 2018, and Eduniversal 2019 Best Masters Rankings recognized the MS degree in Accounting program at Saunders College of Business at #27.

Saunders graduates experience a 94% outcomes rate across all Saunders business programs, as employers value their ability to stand out from their peers and deliver results. Learn about other top rankings and recognition received by Saunders College graduate programs and Rochester Institute of Technology.

Excellence in CPA Exam Results

Saunders accounting programs prepare students for success, as demonstrated by CPA Exam passing rates for Saunders College students that are consistently far above passing rates overall and for all New York State candidates.

While the CPA license is not required to work in the field of accounting it is highly recommended for students to pursue it. Learn more by exploring more information about becoming a CPA, CPA Requirements, the CPA Exam, and other certifications.

Quick Admissions Decisions

Please review the degree specific admissions requirements for this program which provides applicants with an option to waive the GMAT or GRE and requires an essay.

For quick admissions decisions, determination for scholarship and financial aid, contacts and additional admissions information, please visit our admissions pages.

Program Director's Quote

"The MS in Accounting program is tailored for students with an undergraduate accounting degree interested in greater accounting specialization in route to qualifying for the CPA exam. Students with no prior accounting experience may also enter this program to pursue an exciting new career focused in accounting. The curriculum develops critical student knowledge and skills built around technology employers seek and RIT is uniquely able to deliver."

94% Outcome Rate
Saunders students have a 94% Outcome Rate 6-months after graduation