MS in Professional Accountancy

Learn About the Marist MSPAccy Graduate Program

The Master of Science in Professional Accountancy (MSPAccy) is designed to provide accounting majors the opportunity to obtain an additional 30 college credits and a graduate degree to satisfy the 150-hour credits to be licensed as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). The MSPAccy is an innovative graduate program composed of both in-class and distance learning classes. Students admitted into the program will take full-time classes up to 18 credits during the summer, with the remaining 12 credits on a part-time distance learning basis in the fall and/or spring. Accounting firms hire accounting graduates to begin their careers in early September. Accordingly, the MSPAccy is designed to address the requirement by accounting firms that are requiring entering accounting professionals to have either completed the 150-credit requirement or have completed a substantial portion with a plan in place to complete the remaining requirements. Students admitted into the program in the summer may complete up to 60 percent of the degree requirements prior to beginning their career with an accounting firm, with the remaining credits completed in distance learning classes.

Marist's Accelerated Course of Study is One of the Fastest in the U.S.

The Marist MSPAccy Program, which is one of the fastest in the U.S., uses a combination of traditional classroom coursework, distance learning, and an internship experience for the graduate portion. Marist undergraduates can apply for the program during their sophomore year to maximize the benefits of the accelerated coursework. This graduate program is also an innovative option for students with undergraduate accounting degrees from other institutions. They can complete the Master's Degree program in about seven months. That is, they enter the program in late May and complete the program and then have an opportunity to begin their career in a public accounting firm in January. Read more in a recent interview with School of Management Dean Lawrence Singleton and Professor of Accounting J. Donald, Warren, Jr.