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Master of Science Degree in Accounting and Analytics

Get a degree that you can apply to any business in any industry worldwide as accounting is the common language every company requires. The newly-revised analytics-infused program is based on expert opinion shared in various journals and forums, explicit demand of recruiters and our Accounting Advisory Board, and current students insisting on more analytics courses.

As Saunders has built expertise in business analytics, the degree helps graduates manage internal and external data related to accounting measurements with easy access to analytics tools as accounting has become quantitative and technology-infused. International students qualify to apply for a F-1 STEM OPT work extension which can extend their total work eligibility up to 3 years.

The Master of Science in Accounting and Analytics 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. This innovative program teaches students how technologies and business analytics are used in the accounting profession, specifically focusing on:

  • Hands-on experience working data-science oriented computing languages such as R and Python
  • Working knowledge of databases in Structured Query Language (SQL) and Systems Applications and Products in Data Processing (SAP)
  • Data visualization skills, such as Tableau
  • Understanding of essential technologies such as blockchain

As a new accountant or professional looking to advance your career, the program brings together vital areas of technology, big data, AI, and advanced analytics based on the foundation of accounting and auditing. You will obtain business analytics and  technology skills, taught by a faculty nationally recognized in the top 1% for management information systems.

Saunders graduates experience a 95% 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. 

Note: The MS Accounting and Analytics does not qualify students to sit for the NYS CPA exam.

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.

Quick Admissions Decisions

Please review the degree specific admissions requirements for this program starting fall 2021. This 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.


International Students - F-1 STEM OPT 24-month work extension

International (F-1) students receiving a STEM designated graduate degree may apply for a 24-month F1 STEM OPT work extension. This extension follows the one-year OPT (Optional Practical Training) period. This extension means that students could be eligible for up to three years of work in the United States.

The extension is exclusive to qualifying STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) focused programs. This program qualifies for an F-1 OPT STEM Extension in the 2012 STEM-Designated Degree Program List published by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office. For more information please visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) webpages: Understanding F-1 OPT Requirements and Optional Practical Training Extension for STEM Students (STEM OPT).

Explore F-1 STEM OPT Qualified Graduate Programs

These Master of Science (MS) programs deliver specialized business skills for high-demand careers and are F1 STEM OPT qualified to allow international students to work up to 24-months after graduation.

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Program Director's Quote

"The MS in Accounting & Analytics program offers an enhanced focus on technology and business analytics skills, which is highly demanding and vital for today’s data-rich environment. Students gain expertise in using big data, AI, and ERP in accounting and auditing. Students with analytics expertise are prepared to work with the wealth of financial data to inform and guide business decisions. The curriculum also develops critical thinking skills built around technology and business analytics that RIT is uniquely able to deliver."

Interim Department Chair and Associate Professor
Saunders students have a 95% Outcome Rate 6-months after graduation

MS of Accounting and Analytics