Binghamton University (S.U.N.Y.)

School of Management



PO Box 6000

Binghamton, NY 13902

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Campus

Program Description:

SOM offers a graduate program that leads to the master of science in accounting degree and provides students with academic training that qualifies them for positions in both public- and private-sector accounting. Throughout the curriculum, great effort is made to demonstrate the vital role that accounting plays in the conduct of any enterprise, and accounting is offered as the principal medium of financial measurement, communication and control, both within the enterprise and between the enterprise and the investor. It is also shown to be an indispensable means by which society may measure the performance of various organizations and institutions. The program has two areas of emphasis: public accounting and management accounting. Thus, in addition to providing students the opportunity to fulfill educational requirements for those interested in careers as Certified Public Accountants, the program is excellent preparation for students interested in certification as management accountants, positions in corporate accounting or working with government agencies such as the Treasury Department, General Accounting Office and Securities and Exchange Commission. Finally, the program is an excellent background for students who plan academic work at the doctoral level. The MS in accounting program provides broad training and emphasizes conceptual understanding, the mastery of analytical techniques and the rigorous use of logical reasoning. It stresses new approaches in accounting theory and the solution of current professional problems, offering the student the opportunity to understand the roles of related disciplines like behavioral science, economics and management information systems in modern accounting practice. For terminal master's degree students, it offers courses in auditing, taxation and financial and managerial accounting practices. For students ultimately interested in study at the PhD level, it provides a strong theoretical base in the history of accounting thought and the structure of financial accounting theory. The program is highly integrative; students are urged to choose elective credit from among the many courses offered in the school's MBA program. The core requirements of the master of science in accounting program are, to a large extent, identical with the first year of the MBA curriculum.


Binghamton University - SUNY is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The programs in the School of Management are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Midsize Suburb

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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