The M.S. in Public Accounting Program meets New York State’s requirements for a 150 credit-hours licensure qualifying program in public accountancy upon successful completion of the prerequisite and requisite program requirements. Requirements for the Master of Science Degree in Public Accounting are outlined below. Courses will be scheduled on a quarter system for cohorts of students.
Adherence to the schedule will enable students to complete the program in five quarters of continuous study.
Additional Program Requirements
The Master of Science in Public Accounting Program will accept a maximum of six business transfer credits, which are substantially equivalent to those in the program, with the permission of Accounting Department chairperson. The courses must have been completed within the last five years of the student’s first quarter of enrollment in the program with a grade of B or higher.
Maintenance of Matriculation
It is expected that students will fulfill the requirements for their graduate degree by registering over successive sessions. For cohort programs, registration is required during summer session(s). For non-cohort programs, summer registration is not required. Registration is accomplished by either enrolling in classes or maintaining matriculation. The Maintaining Matriculation fee is $100 per session and is processed as a registration.
Students who have not maintained matriculation and wish to return to their program within one year after their last course will be charged the Maintaining Matriculation fee of $100 for each missed session. Maintenance of matriculation without attending classes is limited to one year. Activated U.S. Military Reservists are not required to pay the Maintenance of Matriculation fee.
It is expected that Capstone students shall make satisfactory progress with their program’s culminating activity. After the student registers for all sections of their Capstone requirement, they will be given one subsequent term to complete their work. The Maintaining Matriculation registration must be completed for this subsequent term if no other courses are taken. After this period, a Capstone Continuation fee (equal to the cost of one graduate credit) will be charged for each additional term required to complete the project. Students can only register for Capstone Continuation for two terms. A student’s degree will not be released until all Maintaining Matriculation and Capstone Continuation registration and fees are recorded appropriately on the student’s record.
Maintenance of Good Academic Standing
The cumulative GPA for both good academic standing and degree conferral is a 3.0. A student admitted as a Special Matriculant is required to achieve a 3.0 average or better after completing a certain number of credits as stipulated by their respective program. Grades are subject to review by the faculty advisor and Accounting Department Chairperson at the end of each term. If the academic average falls below 3.0, the student will be placed on academic probation.
All students who have a cumulative GPA of below 3.0 will be placed on academic probation. If a student will not be able to achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0 within a reasonable time, the student will be dismissed from the program. If a student received a grade of F or FW in any course, the student may be subject to dismissal from the College. For all students on probation future registrations must be reviewed and approved by the Accounting department chair as well as the school dean.
In all subsequent terms in which the student is on probation, the student is required to achieve a term GPA of 3.0 or better. If the 3.0 or better is not achieved, the student will be dismissed. Students who receive a grade of less than B may be required to repeat the course. Students will be allowed to repeat a course only once.
Requirements for the M.S. degree must be completed within three years from the candidate’s date of matriculation (exclusive of time spent in the Armed Forces). Exception may be made by the Accounting Department chair if the candidate’s request demonstrates circumstances beyond the student’s control that temporarily interfere with the ability to complete the program on time.
To be eligible for graduation, students must complete all 30 credits of the program with a GPA of 3.0 or better. The words “With Distinction” will appear on the diploma of a student whose GPA, upon meeting all requirements for graduation, is at least 3.75.