CPA readiness is at your fingertips with Yeshiva University online.
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CPA readiness is at your fingertips with Yeshiva University online.

Secure Your Future with an Online MS in Accounting

Upon Graduation, You Will Be Eligible—and Prepared—to Sit For The CPA Exam.

Qualifying for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam is one thing—feeling fully prepared and confident to take it is another. That's why the Sy Syms School of Business at Yeshiva University created an online Master of Science in Accounting program that will not only help equip you for the exam, but also for all of the professional challenges and opportunities that come after it. Whether you studied accounting as an undergraduate or are looking for a career change, this program will facilitate a seamless progression for students to conquer the CPA exam and stand out from their peers.

Seize your chance to connect to the unparalleled professional network at Syms and apply today.

Program Details

  • This is a New York State CPA Licensure Qualifying Registered Program*
  • 100% online
  • 30 credits
  • 10 courses
    • 8 core courses, 2 electives
  • 7-week courses
  • Complete in as little as 18 months
  • Three opportunities to start per year

*This program will help you become a CPA licensed in most states including New York. It contributes to the 150-credit hour requirement to earn the CPA license in most states. Licensure requirements vary by state. Students are responsible for ensuring that they meet said requirements.

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Are you ready to accelerate your career or take on a new challenge with a master’s degree? Yeshiva University’s Sy Syms School of Business offers an innovative online MS in Accounting program designed for busy professionals.

Complete the form to download a program brochure for Yeshiva University’s online MS in Accounting program.

Finance is Ever-Evolving. Be Ready to Face Whatever Comes Next

As new markets and trends continue to emerge, there’s no telling where the financial industry will go next. To stay ahead of it all, the faculty and staff at YU Sy Syms track upcoming trends and adapt the curriculum to meet the evolving needs of the accounting profession. Led by a powerful team of accomplished and esteemed business leaders and intellectuals, we offer this unique online Master in Accounting program from the nation’s financial and business epicenter: New York City.

Why Earn your MS in Accounting Online with YU Sy Syms?

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Be Ready for Upcoming Changes to the CPA Exam

Did you know that the CPA exam is changing in 2024? As part of the CPA Evolution Initiative, the licensure and exam model is changing to include greater competencies and skill sets that reflect the evolving role of CPAs into today’s business world.3 The new model focuses on a core made up of accounting, audition and tax. Then, as a CPA candidate, you choose a discipline area. The disciplines you can choose from are:1
  • Business analysis and reporting
  • Information systems and controls
  • Tax compliance and planning

As a master’s student in Yeshiva University’s online program, you will be well-prepared for this new exam model. To pass your CPA exam and meet (and exceed) the expectations of your current or future employer, the classes within our online Master’s in Accounting program are designed to address the needs of modern accounting professionals and facilitate the creative application of knowledge. Students will learn standard accounting software, master advanced accounting principles and develop an understanding of new trends in FinTech—and what they mean for the future.

Change Careers or Accelerate Your Career in Accounting

Whether you studied accounting as an undergraduate or are looking for a career change, this program facilitates a seamless progression for you to conquer the CPA exam and stand out from your peers.

If you are a career changer, this program has only one accounting prerequisite—Introduction to Management Accounting or its equivalent.

Build Value in Your Accounting Career

The online Master of Science in Accounting degree program is designed for financial professionals who want to actively pursue senior positions, deepen their focus or pivot into new opportunities. Armed with enviable credentials (and the skills to back them up), you’ll be ready to excel in a management or C-suite role in the financial sector, or in a finance leadership role in any organization.

Review a sampling of the roles you can pursue with the online MS in Accounting. Salaries shown below were taken from Glassdoor as of January 2023, and reflect the average base salary for each position. Total pay displayed on Glassdoor may include cash bonus, commission, tips and profit sharing.

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Senior Financial Analyst

Senior financial analysts track a company's financial performance to compare actual performance to business plans. They analyze both business performance and market conditions to create forecasts that will allow senior managers to make strategic decisions. A CPA, MBA or master’s in accounting degree may be preferred for this role.

National average annual base salary: $86,6854
New York State average annual base salary: $93,4355
Miami average annual base salary: $89,1386
Chicago average annual base salary: $97,0107

Certified Public Accountant

Certified public accountants (CPAs) fulfill licensing and certification requirements by state and have passed the CPA exam. CPAs offer a range of financial services. These can include tax advice and preparation, payroll services, bookkeeping and audit support. In this role, in-depth expertise on a range of accounting practices and issues is essential.

National average annual base salary: $84,1638
New York State average annual base salary: $115,3409
Miami average annual base salary: $113,94110
Chicago average annual base salary: $121,87211

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Management Accountant

Management accountants work to predict future costs and revenues for organizations by analyzing historical financial data. They are responsible for accounting processes and evaluate financial performance using income, overhead and investment data. This role is essential in business planning and risk management.

National average annual base salary: $90,97312
New York State average annual base salary: $92,52313
Miami average annual base salary: $90,75414
Chicago average annual base salary: $95, 97015

Audit Manager

Audit managers are responsible for overseeing a company's audit process. This includes managing the audit team, reviewing audit reports and ensuring compliance with auditing standards.

National average annual base salary: $99,80816
New York State average annual base salary: $105,97017
Miami average annual base salary: $103,47418
Chicago average annual base salary: $113,42119

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Practice Analyst

Practice analysts use public data or collected data to research, analyze and report on varying trends for their industry. Practice analysts work across industries. Strong communication and research skills are ideal in this role.

National average annual base salary: $86,69720
New York average annual base salary: $89,27921
Miami average annual base salary: $91,80022
Chicago average annual base salary: $94,54323

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Senior Financial Analyst

Senior financial analysts track a company's financial performance to compare actual performance to business plans. They analyze both business performance and market conditions to create forecasts that will allow senior managers to make strategic decisions. A CPA, MBA or master’s in accounting degree may be preferred for this role.

National average annual base salary: $86,6855
New York State average annual base salary: $93,4356
Miami average annual base salary: $89,1387
Chicago average annual base salary: $97,0108
Woman with glasses seated at desk using calculator and writing in binder in front of computer

Certified Public Accountant

Certified public accountants (CPAs) fulfill licensing and certification requirements by state and have passed the CPA exam. CPAs offer a range of financial services. These can include tax advice and preparation, payroll services, bookkeeping and audit support. In this role, in-depth expertise on a range of accounting practices and issues is essential.

National average annual base salary: $84,1639
New York State average annual base salary: $115,34010
Miami average annual base salary: $113,94111
Chicago average annual base salary: $121,87212
Woman speaking to room of people in front of whiteboard

Management Accountant

Management accountants work to predict future costs and revenues for organizations by analyzing historical financial data. They are responsible for accounting processes and evaluate financial performance using income, overhead and investment data. This role is essential in business planning and risk management.

National average annual base salary: $90,97313
New York State average annual base salary: $92,52314
Miami average annual base salary: $90,75415
Chicago average annual base salary: $95, 97016
Man in blazer writing at desk in front of laptop computer

Audit Manager

Audit managers are responsible for overseeing a company's audit process. This includes managing the audit team, reviewing audit reports and ensuring compliance with auditing standards.

National average annual base salary: $99,80817
New York State average annual base salary: $105,97018
Miami average annual base salary: $103,47419
Chicago average annual base salary: $113,42120
Woman seated at desk with notebooks and using laptop

Practice Analyst

Practice analysts use public data or collected data to research, analyze and report on varying trends for their industry. Practice analysts work across industries. Strong communication and research skills are ideal in this role.

National average annual base salary: $86,69721
New York average annual base salary: $89,27922
Miami average annual base salary: $91,80023
Chicago average annual base salary: $94,54324

Capitalize on the CPA

Because finance, auditing, and reporting are so integral to a business’s day-to-day operations, accountants are especially valuable employees. To give you a glimpse of the impressive outcomes this program creates, many of our accounting graduates have found success at high-profile companies around the world, such as:

Deloitte
PriceWaterhouse Cooper
Morgan Stanley
Goldman Sachs
Ernst & Young
KPMG

Make New Connections with Global Reach

Once you become an online Master's in Accounting graduate, you will join the vibrant and extensive alumni communities of Yeshiva University and the Sy Syms School of Business, including the international Accounting and Financial Planning Professional Networking Group and the YU Wall Street Group which have provided mentoring, internship and job opportunities for current YU students. Both groups embrace and respond to the needs of their members, and are willing to assist anyone in their professional endeavors.

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Learn From Our Expert Leaders

The online accounting master's program boasts a world-class faculty of experienced, committed, accomplished professionals and active researchers and publishers who enhance the world's business, entrepreneurship and accounting knowledge. They have their fingers on the pulse of this evolving industry and will share knowledge and insights that help you adapt to changes as they arise.

Our accounting faculty members take pride in promoting an intellectual and ethical community of graduate business students. You'll gain enormous benefits by interacting with these professionals while learning from their firsthand knowledge and practical insights. The close relationships you will develop with these innovators and experts can be the framework on which your success is built.

Meet the Accounting Faculty

Experience Online Excellence

At Sy Syms, we understand that the best online accounting programs aren’t built by merely uploading existing business courses online. They are tailor-made for the internet, designed to focus on students’ needs and meticulously crafted to deliver the optimal learning environment for working professionals.

Our curriculum has been developed to create a cohesive learning experience across thematically linked coursework. Our online learning management system (LMS) ensures that every course you take is intuitive, accessible, and collaborative. Each class provides opportunities to connect with your classmates through discussion boards and group assignments. All online master’s in accounting course content is available 24/7 and can be completed whenever you prefer, and our LMS ensures you can easily follow and monitor your course progress in real time.

Program Takeaways

  • Financial reporting and financial analysis
  • Internal auditing
  • Taxation and tax law
  • Investment banking
  • Forensic accounting
  • Accounting software (R/RStudio and Tableau)
  • Cryptocurrencies (e.g., Bitcoin and Ethereum) and NFTs
  • Governmental and nonprofit accounting

View the Curriculum

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Curriculum Feature:
Accounting Data Visualization and Analysis

The goals for this course are to learn the concepts and application of accounting data visualization, and to perform fundamental statistical learning techniques for accounting data. After successfully completing this course in the online MSA curriculum, you will be comfortable using R/RStudio and Tableau for accounting data visualizations and analysis.

Scatter and bar graphs showing accounting data

Curriculum Feature:
Accounting Data Visualization and Analysis

The goals for this course are to learn the concepts and application of accounting data visualization, and to perform fundamental statistical learning techniques for accounting data. After successfully completing this course in the online MSA curriculum, you will be comfortable using R/RStudio and Tableau for accounting data visualizations and analysis.

Exclusive Opportunity for Yeshiva Undergraduates

Launch your career sooner than expected. Yeshiva undergraduate accounting majors are eligible for the BS/MSA pathway program and can apply up to 12 credit hours of prior accounting coursework toward both the Bachelor of Science and Master's of Science in Accounting. By earning double credits, you can earn your online master's degree earlier than anticipated, save money on tuition and fees, and enter the job market ahead of your classmates and ahead of schedule.

Get Ahead With the BS/MS Pathway

For more information on this exclusive opportunity and other financial aid, please contact Academic Advisor Emily Kaplan at Emily.Kaplan@yu.edu, or, apply for this program by selecting the BS/MS Pathway option.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a Master of Accounting (MAcc) and a Master of Science in Accounting (MSA)?

Generally speaking, a MAcc degree isn’t drastically different from a Master of Science in Accounting. Courses for both will usually give a broad overview of different accounting careers and specialties, such as government and forensic accounting. However, the two can differ when you take a closer look at the core curriculum, required semester hours and elective opportunities. For example, the Yeshiva University online MSA is specifically designed to help you fulfill your credit hours for the CPA exam, and electives are primarily focused on different accounting concentrations.

Do I need an accounting background to apply?

While a lot of undergraduate accounting students tend to enroll in the program, an accounting background is not required. In fact, by having only one accounting prerequisite—Introduction to Management Accounting or its equivalent—this degree is ideal for non-accounting business majors who would like to pursue their CPA.

Is the GMAT or GRE required for admission to the program?

For prospective students applying during the 2023-2024 school year, the GRE/GMAT testing requirement has been temporarily waived. Please check the Admissions page for the most up-to-date information.

How is a Yeshiva Sy Syms online accounting degree different from other degrees?

Immersed in New York City’s global financial hub, Yeshiva University attracts talent, hires faculty and builds coursework straight from the powerhouse businesses around us. Our AACSB accreditation solidifies the YU Sy Syms online MSA as one of the top master’s degrees available today.
Admission Dates and Deadlines
Feb
23
Priority Application Deadline
February 23, 2024
Summer 2024
May
3
Application Deadline
May 3, 2024
Summer 2024
May
13
Next Start
May 13, 2024
Summer 2024
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