Master of Science in Accounting

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Ace the Exam >

Our MS Accounting graduates are consistently No. 1 in CPA exam performance among the 10 largest accounting programs in New York State. Among large national universities, we rank in the top 25.

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Recruiters’ Crush >

How much do recruiters love our MS Accounting grads? Let us count the ways. Most MS Accounting students have job offers midway through the fall semester — yes, multiple offers. Even more impressive, the starting salaries of our graduates range from $48,000 to $75,000 a year, for an excellent return on their educational investment.

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When Can You Start? >

Do you want to start your career at a Big 4 firm, or another New York City or Western New York powerhouse? Looking to move right into industry or government? We’ve got you covered. Our top accounting employers are PwC, EY, Freed Maxick, KPMG and Andersen Tax. For ambitious, career-minded students, it doesn’t get any better than this.

See where our graduates work.

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Fast Forward >

Our faculty are committed to your development and will push you out of your comfort zone into the professional world far ahead of your peers. Network with industry leaders, sharpen your skills and gain the professionalism that differentiates School of Management graduates in the workplace.

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It’s Who You Know >

MS Accounting graduates join the ranks of thousands of School of Management alumni who live in all corners of the world. Leaders in accounting and industry actively serve on our Accounting Advisory Council, providing faculty and students with a direct connection to real-world issues and opportunities. You've got connections.

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Scope and Stature >

Few programs have earned the state, national and international acclaim of UB Accounting. Among thousands of accounting programs, UB is one of fewer than 200 accredited by the prestigious AACSB International. In addition, our Internal Audit track is one of only 31 programs worldwide - and one of two in New York State - endorsed by the Institute of Internal Auditors.  

Put on your suit, roll up your sleeves and begin applying your knowledge. Gain hands-on experience with complex, real-life accounting problems through consulting engagements, case studies and more. Study data analytics, tax planning strategies, risk management, IT audits and other complex accounting issues with top-notch faculty and industry professionals.

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Everyone Knows Your Name >

UB's MS Accounting program combines the resources of a global university with the intimate atmosphere of a small program. With only about 35 students per course, faculty members really do know your name and are dedicated to ensuring that you graduate with the skills and experiences necessary to reach your goals.

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The Smart 150 >

When comparing options for meeting the 150-credit-hour requirement for New York State licensure, UB’s MS in Accounting is the intelligent choice. In addition to reinforcing and refining technical accounting skills, our program nurtures professional skills like teamwork, communications and networking required for immediate success in the workplace.

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The A-Team >

UB Accounting students are both ambitious and collaborative. Here’s how they describe themselves:

“We have great time management skills and we’re well-rounded.”

“Our work ethic is strong; we have the discipline to get things done.”

“We’re highly motivated.”

“Everyone is close. We respect one another.”

Join the A-Team.

Fast Track Your Career

In today’s competitive workplace, you need a complete package of skills and abilities to rise to the top. At UB, you'll satisfy the 150-credit-hour CPA licensure requirement while refining your skills in critical thinking, communications, time management, leadership and other areas.

Specialization Matters

All MS Accounting students take a deep dive into the heart of accounting: taxation, audit, financial reporting and data analytics. Other courses are determined by your chosen specialization track: financial accounting and assurance, internal audit and risk management, and taxation.

The Bottom Line

The full-time, one-year (30 credit hours) MS in Accounting program offers admission in the fall only. Applicants must have an undergraduate accounting degree from an accredited U.S. college or university.

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Information Session (Dec. 10)

Want to learn more about MS Accounting or any of our other MS programs? Register to attend the on-campus information session.


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Serving the greater good is a cornerstone of the accounting profession’s culture. Make meaningful contributions to the community while enhancing your skills.


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This isn’t practice. The money is real. The investors are serious. The decisions are yours in the Terese Kelly Investment Group.


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Where passion and action meet: with more than 20 student clubs and organizations, there are many ways for you to engage while you are here.

Contact Us

Graduate Programs Office
School of Management
University at Buffalo
203 Alfiero Center
Buffalo, NY 14260-4010

Tel:  716-645-3204
Fax: 716-645-2341
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