Zicklin Undergraduate Programs

BBA/MS Path to CPA

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.

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.

Eligibility & Admissions
Recommended Undergraduate Courses


For additional information about the application process and admissions requirements for MS in Accountancy and the MS in Taxation, contact:

Office of Graduate Admissions
Location: Library Building, Room 820
Phone: (646) 312-1300
Email: ZicklinGradAdmissions@baruch.cuny.edu