The bachelor’s and master’s pathway streamlines current Baruch’s undergraduate and master’s curriculum, allowing Baruch undergraduate students to complete their master’s degree in one year. The program helps students quickly meet the educational requirements for the New York State CPA licensure. Students must apply separately to the MS program in the final semester of their senior year of undergraduate study. Please see Graduate Admissions for deadline applications.
The CPA license requires at least 150 credits of coursework. Any Baruch undergraduate student planning a career as a Certified Public Accountant should consider one of these Bachelor’s/Master’s programs.
- These programs are accredited, New York State CPA qualifying programs.
- They are available to any qualified Baruch undergraduate from any major.
- Zicklin’s BBA in Accounting seniors might be eligible for an abbreviated application – without GMAT/GRE scores or letters of recommendation required. (for more information, please see Eligibility and Admissions tab below).
- Combined programs significantly shorten the time necessary to complete a Master’s by allowing waivers of MS requirements based on undergraduate courses taken.
- Graduates with master’s degrees are frequently offered higher starting salaries.
BBA+MS Degree Combinations
The following degree combinations satisfy the educational requirements for CPA licensure in New York State.
- BBA in Accountancy and MS in Accountancy
- BBA in Accountancy and MS in Taxation
- BBA in Accountancy and MS in Information Systems
Other Degree Combinations
The following combinations also satisfy the educational requirements for CPA licensure in New York State, but will take longer than five years to complete.
- BBA or BA in majors other than Accountancy and MBA in Accountancy
- The MBA program requires a minimum of two years professional work experience, so you will not be able to transfer directly into this degree.
- BBA or BA in majors other than Accountancy and MS in Accountancy
The above combinations are not combined degree programs, but they are individual degree programs that, once completed, allow Baruch undergraduates to meet NY State CPA educational requirements.
An application is required for the master’s degree component of these programs. Students must apply to the MS program in the final semester of their senior year of undergraduate study. Please see Graduate Admissions for deadline applications.
- Any current Baruch undergraduate major who wants to become a CPA and meets the MS admission requirements can be eligible.
- Accounting majors may choose between the MS in Accountancy, Taxation, or Information Systems. For detailed information, please see “MS in Accounting” tab on the “Baruch Paths to MS” page.
- All other majors do the MS in Accountancy.
- If you plan to pursue the MS in Accountancy, be sure to take as many of the undergraduate equivalents to the MS courses as possible. See below for the recommended undergraduate courses to take.
The Undergraduate/MS in Accountancy Course Equivalency Charts
General Business Courses (Non-Accounting)
|Undergraduate Course||Master’s Course Equivalent|
|The following courses require a C or better.|
|ECO 1002 Macroeconomics||ECO 9740 Macroeconomics for Managers|
|ECO 1001 Microeconomics||ECO 9730 Microeconomics for Managers|
|CIS 2200 Introduction to Information Systems||CIS 9000 Info. Systems for Managers|
|FIN 3000 Principles of Finance or FIN 3610 Corporate Finance||FIN 9770 Financial Decision Making|
|MGT 3120 Fundamentals of Management or
PSY 3181 Industrial & Organizational Psychology
|MGT 9301 Management: A Behavioral Approach|
|MKT 3000 Marketing Foundations||MKT 9703 Marketing Management|
|STA 2000 plus one of STA 3154, STA 3155, OPR 3300 or ECO 4000||STA 9708 Applied Statistical Analysis for Business Decisions|
|LAW 1101 Fundamentals of Business Law and LAW 3102 Law of Business Organizations||LAW 9800 Survey: Business Contracts & Law of Corporations|
Accounting and Tax Courses
|Undergraduate Accounting Courses||MS Course Equivalents|
|ACC 2101 Financial Accounting and
ACC 3000 Financial Accounting I
|ACC 9112 Financial Accounting: Intensive|
|ACC 3200 Cost Accounting||ACC 9811 Managerial Accounting Theory and Practice|
|ACC 3202 Accounting Information Systems||ACC 9818 Accounting and Auditing Information Systems|
ACC 3000 Financial Accounting I and
ACC 3100 Financial Accounting II
|ACC 9804 Intermediate Financial Accounting|
|ACC 4100 Financial Accounting III||ACC 9805 Advanced Financial Accounting|
|ACC 5400 Principles of Auditing||ACC 9821 Auditing|