Online Master of Science in Professional Accounting

Accounting@Syracuse, the online Master of Science in Professional Accounting from the Martin J. Whitman School of Management, helps students advance their accounting careers or transition into finance roles. In the online program, students learn the same content from the same faculty as students in Whitman’s on-campus accounting program. Alumni of the online program have gone on to work at well-known organizations, including Audible, KPMG, Lockheed Martin, and Micron Technology.

M.S. in Accounting Curriculum

The Accounting@Syracuse curriculum trains students in areas such as international accounting and reporting, taxes and business strategy, financial statement analysis, and auditing.

Students with an academic foundation in accounting can complete the 30-credit online master’s in accounting program in 12 to 15 months. Students who have not completed accounting coursework will be placed into an individualized program of study that can be completed in 24 months or less. Customized course plans will be determined after an admissions decision has been rendered.

Accelerated Accounting Schedule (30 Credits)

Students can complete the program in as few as 12 months by taking more than two courses per term in two of the four terms.

Professional Accounting Schedule (30 Credits)

Professionals seeking a flexible schedule can complete the program in as few as 15 months by taking just two courses per term.

Foundational Accounting Schedule (33–48 Credits)

Students who hold an undergraduate degree in a subject other than accounting will follow a custom schedule based on previous coursework.

Learning Outcomes

By the time students complete the accounting master’s program, they will be able to more effectively communicate; have an advanced understanding of accounting principles; demonstrate research and analysis skills; and think strategically about how business decisions affect accounting policies and vice versa.

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“Business is getting more complicated, and the business community looks to accounting professionals to interpret much of this. Strong analytical skills coupled with great communication is unbeatable.”

Bill Walsh
Retired Professor of Accounting Practice, Director of the Graduate Accounting Programs

Accounting@Syracuse Admissions

Syracuse offers four start dates per year. Applicants who apply by the priority deadlines will pay a reduced application fee of $45, receive an admissions decision sooner, and have more time to plan for the future, secure funding, and take advantage of university resources.

See the upcoming application deadlines for the January 2019 cohort:

Early Priority Deadline
September 21, 2018

Priority Deadline:
October 12, 2018

Final Deadline:
November 9, 2018

Application Requirements

Syracuse seeks motivated applicants who want to improve efficiency for businesses by implementing accounting best practices. View the application requirements for the online M.S. in Professional Accounting program.

GMAT Waiver Policy

While test scores can be a valuable tool, we believe that professional experience is a better indicator of a candidate’s potential. Thus, GMAT/GRE waivers are available for applicants with five years of professional work experience.

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If you’re ready to start gaining the accounting expertise and professional network to advance in your field, begin your application now.

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Accounting@Syracuse Class Profile

One of the most valuable benefits of the online M.S. in Professional Accounting is the opportunity to learn alongside professionals with diverse backgrounds and experiences. Below is a profile of our enrolled accounting students as of January 2018.

MBA@Syracuse Class Profile
Demographic Student Breakdown
U.S. minority students 48%
Female students 55.8%
Military students 12.7%
Average work experience 11 years
Average age 35 years old
Age range 21 - 60 years old
U.S. states represented 23
Countries represented 4

This information is tracked using an enrollment report. This is a report that is manually updated each term by adding in each new cohort group and updating graduates and withdrawals. Gathered from enrollment data as of January 2018.

Online Accounting Faculty

The expert faculty in the Whitman School of Management and Lubin School of Accounting are not only academic scholars, but they also have extensive experience in the accounting field. Meet some of the professors who teach for the online master’s in accounting.

Joseph Comprix

Associate Professor of Accounting, Chair of the Lubin School of Accounting

Professor Comprix has worked as a staff accountant and accounting manager at MeadWestvaco, teaches financial accounting courses for Whitman, and was named the Whitman Graduate Teacher of the Year from 2011–2013.

Teaches: Financial Accounting

Bill Walsh

Retired Professor of Accounting Practice

Professor Walsh, CPA, teaches courses in accounting and entrepreneurship, is a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and received the Oberwager Prize in 2007 for influencing Whitman students outside of the classroom.

Teaches: Financial Accounting, Venture Capital, and Auditing Theory and Practice

John Petosa

Professor of Practice

Professor Petosa is a licensed CPA and attorney, serves as the CFO and general counsel of a food distributor in Syracuse, has a private accounting and legal practice, and is on the board of a publicly traded local bank. He received the Faculty of the Year award in 2018.

Teaches: Taxes and Business Strategy

Accounting Career Services and Networking

Students in the online Accounting@Syracuse program have access to our extensive alumni network and student support services, including personalized career services and coaching. Resources and support include:

Career Coaching and Resources

Our career staff provide one-on-one coaching, resume review, and interview preparation. Students also have 24/7 access to a self-directed career-development course.

Global Networking Opportunities

Students and alumni have opportunities to connect with Syracuse’s worldwide network of students, faculty, and alumni for career assistance and mentoring.

WeWork Membership

Online students will receive a Global Access membership to WeWork, a global community of workspaces, so they can have dedicated space to focus, hold study groups, use WeWork amenities, and attend networking events.

M.S. in Professional Accounting vs MBA with Accounting Specialization

In addition to the online Master of Science in Professional Accounting, the Whitman School offers an online Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a specialization in accounting. While both degree options help students develop technical and interpersonal business skills, the choice often comes down to a student’s interests and career goals.

M.S. in Professional Accounting

Curriculum focus: This program teaches in-depth, specialized accounting skills.

Core Classes: Students focus most of their 30–36 credits on accounting topics, concentrating on skills that are needed for functional roles in accounting.

Time to completion: This program can be completed in 12–24 months depending on prior coursework.

Career Outcomes: Accounting@Syracuse is designed to prepare students for the CPA exam.

MBA with Accounting Specialization

Curriculum focus: This program offers a general business education with some specialization in accounting.

Core Classes: Students complete foundational courses in marketing, finance, supply chain, and accounting. Students can take a minimum of three elective courses in accounting.

Time to completion: The program can be completed in 24–36 months.

Career Outcomes: MBA@Syracuse prepares students to become versatile leaders in an organization.

Learn More about the Accounting Master’s for Professionals

This online master’s program enables aspiring accountants and analysts to earn a Whitman degree without pausing their careers. Applicants with more than five years of professional experience are eligible for a GMAT waiver when applying to Accounting@Syracuse. Request information today to see if you qualify.

CPA Exams and State Regulations

Accounting@Syracuse prepares students with the specialized knowledge needed to prepare for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination. The Whitman School is AACSB accredited, and our accounting program is registered as a New York State CPA licensing program.1 Upon graduation, students who take and pass the exam will be licensed to practice as a CPA.

Career Outlook for Accounting Professionals

Skilled professionals who can manage a business’s finances and accounting procedures are in high demand.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Occupational Outlook Handbook projects employment of accountants and auditors to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026. And, according to the 2017 Year-End Employer Poll conducted by the Graduate Management Admissions Council, 25% of responding employers hired graduates of accounting master’s programs in 2017, and 31% plan to hire these graduates in 2018.

Median Accountant Salaries

Salaries for accounting professionals are contingent upon previous experience and education. Professionals who hold an advanced degree generally have the potential to earn more than their counterparts who only have a bachelor’s degree.

Graduates of an accounting master’s program can pursue careers in accounting and auditing as well as similar positions in financial management. Below are median salaries from 2017 for some of those careers:

$69,350

Accountant and auditor

$90,640

Personal financial advisor

$75,240

Budget analyst

$84,300

Financial analyst

$82,450

Management analyst

$125,080

Financial manager

All salary figures are from the BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook (last modified April 13, 2018).

Types of Careers for Accountants

To prepare students for success as professional accountants, the online accounting master’s reinforces critical skills, such as analytical thinking, interpersonal communication, attention to detail, mathematics, and organizational abilities. The following are some of the basic functions of common accounting roles.2

Public Accountants

Serve corporations, governments, and individuals; perform accounting, auditing, tax, and consulting tasks; can operate their own business; are commonly CPAs

Management Accountants

Analyze and record financial information for an organization’s use; do not produce public records; are also called cost, corporate, or private accountants

Government Accountants

Work for government organizations; examine and maintain records; audit private businesses that are subject to government regulations

Internal Auditors

Examine management of their organization’s funds; identify ways to improve their financial processes; follow professional standards for internal auditing

External Auditors

Perform same work as internal auditors but work for an outside organization; review clients’ financial statements for accuracy; inform stakeholders of their findings

Information Technology Auditor

A subset of internal auditors; ensure that financial data is reliable; review controls for an organization’s computer systems

An Interactive Online Program Experience

Syracuse University and the Whitman School of Management have a proud legacy of bringing students from diverse backgrounds together to create, collaborate, and break boundaries.

Live Online Classes

Students and faculty meet each week in face-to-face classes held via webcam. Classes are kept small to fuel lively discussion about accounting trends. All sessions are recorded so that students can use them for review later.

Immersive Coursework

Between live classes, students complete weekly assignments at their own pace. Coursework includes interactive content, quizzes, guest lectures, and case studies that can be downloaded and viewed offline on our mobile app.

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