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Accounting CPA Preparation MS Program and Courses


A) Foundation Core (0-21)

Foundation courses listed below with an asterisk may be waived based on coursework completed at an accredited or internationally-recognized institution according to the following criteria:

  • Completion of 2 directly related undergraduate courses of at least 3 credits within 6 years of initial enrollment with at least a B.
  • Completion of one directly related graduate course of 3 or more credits within 6 years of initial enrollment with at least a B.
  • Completion of 15 or more undergraduate credits in a discipline specific to the course to be waived with an average of at least a B.
  • Students may also waive MBA courses by passing a proficiency exam.
  • Taxation and business law courses can be waived only if prior courses are taken at a U.S. academic institution.
MBA 640 Accounting for Decision Making (4)*
MBA 644 Macroeconomics in the Global Environment (3)*
MBA 646 Data Analysis and Decision Making (3)*
MBA 648 Managerial Finance (3)*
TAX 503 Fundamental Concepts of Taxation (2)*
TAX 504 Sales and Exchanges of Property (2)*
LAW 610 Business Law (or Equivalent) (4)*


B) Accounting Specialization Courses (may be substituted with departmental consultation) (11-30)

All of these courses must be taken unless waived. Courses marked with an asterisk can be waived with a U.S. undergraduate accounting degree, or similar graduate courses, or according to the following:
  • A computer science or an accounting information system course with at least a B is required to waive ACC 662.
  • Two cost/managerial accounting courses with at least a B are required to waive ACC 613.
  • Two intermediate financial accounting courses with at least a B are required to waive ACC 615.
  • Intermediate Accounting II from an AACSB accredited business school with at least a B is required to waive ACC 618.
  • Other waivers are determined by the Accounting Department.
ACC 662 Modeling of Information Systems (3)*
ACC 613 Accounting for Planning and Control (4)*
ACC 615 Financial Accounting I (3)*
ACC 618 Financial Accounting II (3)*
ACC 620 Accounting Entities (3)*
ACC 632 Auditing (3)*
ACC 635 Advanced Auditing Practice (2)
ACC 649 Contemporary Accounting Issues (3)
ACC 692 Research Project (3)
TAX 612 Corporate Taxation for Accountants (3)
TOTAL CREDITS: 30-51
A minimum of 30 resident credits at Pace is required to receive the MS in Accounting degree.

Prerequisite information for all classes is available in the class schedule.