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    Professor Peggy Griffin, MBA, CPA, CFP, CFE
    Email: mgriffin1@njcu.edu
    Phone: (201) 200-3353
    Fax: (201) 200-3242

    Located at 160 Harborside Plaza 2, Jersey City, NJ 07311

    Master of Science in Accounting

    The Master of Science degree in accounting provides students with an opportunity to broaden and develop beyond the undergraduate level in critical thinking, writing and analytical skills. The program is designed to prepare students to integrate ethical principles into decision making, critically evaluate alternative solutions, articulate issues effectively, and solve complex problems.

    The graduate program of study combined with the bachelor’s degree in accounting meets the current minimum educational requirements for the certified public accountant (CPA) license in New Jersey. The CPA license is acknowledged internationally as a standard for accountants in public accounting and in the corporate environment. The CPA license is a valuable credential for career progression and for broadening professional skills and perspective.

    Admission Requirements:

    • The completion of a Bachelor’s degree.
    • The minimum requirement for admission to the MBA / MS programs is 3.0 (Effective spring 2014)
    • Students whose undergraduate GPA is between 2.75-2.99 will be considered for admission and matriculation with the following conditions:
      • Business undergraduate majors with a GPA below 3.0 (2.75-2.99) must take the GMAT and attain a score of 560 (50th percentile) or better.
      • Or, must take Graduate Business Essentials in the first semester and attain a grade of B to continue in the MS or MBA program.
      • NJCU business graduates with GPA 2.75-2.99 must also get a recommendation from the business unit coordinator or a senior faculty member of their major.
      • Non-business majors must have a GPA of 2.75 or better and must take Graduate Business Essentials in the first semester and attain a grade of B to continue in the MS or MBA program.
    • Meet all minimum requirements of the Graduate Studies Office. These requirements include: completed application; transcripts; recommendation letters; essay; resume; and GMAT test results. An interview may be requested.
    • Additional requirements for international students include: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test result, and Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE), or World Education Services (WES) evaluation of international transcripts.
      • Graduate courses from other institutions may be accepted with approval of the Graduate Business Department.
    • To apply for graduate study go to the Graduate Application web page
    • For more information about the GMAT exam go to GMAT.  
    • For more information about the TOEFL exam go to TOEFL.  
    • Update on Graduate Requirements and Test Waiver Request click here.  

    Graduate courses are held at two off campus locations. Students may study at the School of Business located at Harborside Plaza 2, Jersey City, New Jersey, 07311.  Or, students may take graduate courses at NJCU at Brookdale, 800 Monmouth Blvd., Wall, New Jersey, 07719.


    The School of Business is accredited by

    The Master of Science in Accounting requires a minimum of 30 graduate credits for those applicants who have an undergraduate degree in accounting. All other applicants including students with an international degree are required to take 42 credits which include the accounting foundation courses (12 credits).* 

    Course Requirements: 

     Course  Course Title  Credits 
      Program Core - 27 credits   
    BUSI 603  Quantitative Methods for Business Decisions 3
    FINC 607   Corporate Financial Management 3
    ACCT 610  Business Ethics 3
    ACCT 651  Professional Auditing 3
    ACCT 652  Strategic Profitability Analysis 3
    ACCT 653  Taxation of Business Entities 3
    ACCT 659  Analysis of Financial Statements 3
    ACCT 681  Business Law for Managers 3
    ACCT 754  Contemporary Accounting Issues 3
      Elective Courses - select 3 credits   
    MGMT 612  Global Strategic Management 3
    FINC 625  Financial Modeling 3
    FINC 670   Working Capital Management 3
    ACCT 691  Introduction to Fraud Examination 3

    Other elective courses may be offered. 

     * Students whose undergraduate degree includes a major / specialization other than accounting and international students are required to take the accounting foundation courses noted below.

    Foundation courses: 

    Course  Course Title  Credits 
    ACCT 601  Financial Accounting 3
    ACCT 602  Accounting for Business Entities 3
    ACCT 604  Federal Taxation of Individuals 3
    ACCT608  Financial Accounting II 3

    Print a copy of the Program Worksheet