Concentrate in Accounting

Accounting is central to the effective management of business enterprises and is a key component in the proper functioning of the free market system. There are many rewarding career opportunities in accounting and related professions such as security analysis, investment banking, corporate finance, banking, and taxation. Students can pursue a concentration in general accounting or the BS/MS in Accounting Dual Degree Program which prepares students to sit for the CPA exam in New York State.

For course descriptions, prerequisites and course scheduling options, please review the Course Index.

General Accounting

General Accounting Program Requirements

To complete the accounting area of study, students must complete the following courses in addition to Managerial Accounting (ACCT-UB 4):
Financial Statement Analysis ACCT-UB 3
3 Advanced Accounting Electives
(9 units)
Any ACCT-UB elective or approved course (see below).


Additional courses approved to count as Accounting electives:

Certain Graduate CPA courses (courses with * in the BS/MS list below) Through special application during registration periods.

BS/MS in Accounting Dual Degree Program

You must complete 150 credits to fulfill the educational requirement to become a licensed CPA (Certified Public Accountant) in New York State. Students who pursue the Stern BS/MS in Accounting Program can be eligible to sit for the CPA exam as early as spring of their senior year. Upon completion of the dual-degree program, students earn the Bachelor of Science degree in Business with an Accounting (CPA Track) Concentration from the Stern Undergraduate College and the Master of Science degree in Certified Public Accounting from the Stern Graduate School. The BS/MS in Accounting Program also affords students the opportunity to earn a second concentration at Stern outside of accounting.

Interested students should familiarize themselves with the BS/MS in Accounting Degree Program application process. The MS degree program requires 22 additional graduate units beyond the 128 credit B.S. requirements, 6 of which are taken as an undergrad.

If you would like to sit for the CPA examination in New York State, you must present evidence of successful completion of specifc coursework within the Accounting (CPA Track) Concentration, in addition to indicating the BS/MS in Accounting HEGIS code 0502/0502. Interested students should write to the New York State Education Department and request Handbook 14 or meet with the Program's Academic Adviser Mary-Grace Tomecki (

BS/MS in Accounting Program Requirements (34 Units)

Students are required to select Managerial Accounting (ACCT-UB 4) and Foundations of Finance (FINC-UB 2) as two of their functional business core courses. To complete the accounting area of study, you must complete the following courses:  
Financial Statement Analysis ACCT-UB 3 
Financial Statement Modeling ACCT-GB 6300
Financial Reporting and Analysis ACCT-GB 6302
Auditing ACCT-GB 6313*
Accounting for Financial Instruments ACCT-GB 6317
Advanced Accounting Concepts ACCT-GB 6326
Advanced Managerial Accounting ACCT-GB 6331*
Taxation of Individuals and Business Income ACCT-GB 6380*
Internal Controls and Accounting Information Systems ACCT-GB 6415
Data Analysis and Management ACCT-GB 6416
Topics in Advanced Communication in Accounting MCOM-GB 6205