SUNY Polytechnic Institute

School of Business

Accountancy - MS



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MS Accountancy

Format: Online

Program Description:

The MS in Accountancy is registered with New York State to satisfy the 150 hour licensure education requirement. The program is primarily intended for students who have the equivalent of an undergraduate accounting degree and are looking to increase their knowledge in the accounting field to either advance in their professional accounting career or to qualify to sit for the CPA (Certified Public Accountant) exam. Students who may not have a background in accounting but desire an opportunity to broaden their capabilities and specialize in this area are afforded the option to do so with this program. These students would be required to include additional preparatory work in their program and would do that under the guidance of the program coordinator. The MS program accommodates both full-time and part-time students. Full-time students can complete the program within an 18 month period. Part-time completion will vary based on total number of credits taken each term. A program of study will be developed with the program coordinator which responds to student needs and the department’s plan for course scheduling. The Department of Business Management is committed to offering high quality management and professional education that is focused on meeting the needs of students and organizations in the Mohawk Valley, New York State, and the global community. We are dedicated to providing undergraduate, graduate, and non-degree programs that are responsive to the dynamic business environment and accessible to qualified students. The Department of Business Management is committed to continuously improving its programs through learning assurance, scholarship, and service. Graduates of the MS Accountancy program can pursue careers in the following areas: public accounting (working as a Certified Public Accountant), corporate accounting (working as an accountant for a corporation or other for-profit company), not-for-profit accounting, & government accounting. Established by the SUNY Board of Trustees on June 14, 1966, the State University of New York Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome (SUNYIT) is New York’s public institute of technology. SUNYIT students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in technology and professional studies on the SUNYIT campus - a high-tech learning environment on hundreds of acres minutes from NYS Thruway Exit 31, Utica. Our students come from all over New York, many other states, and more than 20 other nations; a growing number of students also take SUNYIT courses and, in some cases, entire degree programs online. As part of a substantial expansion in campus infrastructure, a $13 million student center, a $20 million field house and a $23.5 million residence hall were completed in 2011. The next major construction project planned is a technology complex comprising the $27.5 million Center for Advanced Technology and Computer Chip Commercialization Center. Through internships and close cooperation with employers, SUNYIT has extraordinarily high placement rates. More than 22,000 alumni pursue successful careers in communication, computer science, management, nursing, and many other fields.


The Department of Business Management is accredited by AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), an elite distinction achieved by less than 5% of the world’s business schools. AACSB is the premier accrediting agency of collegiate business schools and accounting programs worldwide. SUNYIT is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

International Student Requirements:

Because the program is offered online, international students are unable to obtain the F1 visa to study on our campus; students may take the program online from their home country. To be considered for admission, all applicants to the MS Accountancy program must possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited university or college. Applicants without a baccalaureate degree in accounting will be required to complete pre-requisite undergraduate coursework in accounting and business to prepare for the graduate level courses. The Department of Business Management follows the AACSB recommended admission guidelines: A total of 1,000 points based on 200 x undergraduate GPA + GMAT score. The minimum GMAT score recommended for admission consideration is 450.

Facts & Figures

# of Credits Required: 33

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): $390 in-state/$695 out-of-state USD

In State Tuition (per year): 7020 USD

Out State Tuition (per year): 12510 USD

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Small City

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