The Master of Science in Accounting program at ESU can be completed in just 12 months. The program also offers an affordable “4+1” bachelor’s and master’s degree trajectory.

The ESU’s master’s program appeals to both accounting and non-accounting majors and to the demographic needs of the region.

Accounting undergraduate majors, especially those at ESU, will have an opportunity to seamlessly transition into a graduate program that will enable them to earn both an undergraduate and graduate degree in accounting in five years and to acquire necessary skills and credentials to achieve board certification.

And non-accounting majors seeking a change in career paths may achieve similar results with some remedial coursework.

All About the M.S. in Accounting at ESU

What do students learn to do?

All About the M.S. in Accounting at ESU

What do students learn to do?

Students in a PC lab listen to an accounting lectureUpon completion, students are qualified to sit for the Uniform Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination.

Additionally, students completing the accounting program

  • will demonstrate an advanced level of knowledge in financial accounting and reporting, federal taxation of individuals and corporations, auditing, cost accounting and accounting information systems;
  • will be able to critically analyze new practices and procedures for their aesthetic qualities and express the evaluation in written and oral form;
  • will demonstrate proficiency in the following basic skills including communication skills, critical thinking and analytical skills, information technology skills, teamwork, ethics, and globalization.

The fundamental areas in accounting include auditing (internal and external), forensic accounting, corporate financial accounting, managerial accounting, individual taxation, and business taxation. The M.S. program in accounting includes skill development in financial statement preparation and analysis, auditing, and individual and corporate tax preparation and planning.

Career Opportunities

Successful ESU graduates pursue careers as controllers, chief financial officers, government accountants, budget directors, internal or external auditors, forensic accountants, firm valuation experts, personal and corporate tax accountants, and non-profit organization accountants.

Recent graduates have transitioned into positions at accounting firms such as PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York, BBD LLP in Philadelphia, and regional firms including Concannon Miller in Bethlehem.

Learn more about ESU and the M.S. in Accounting.

Professional Licensure Disclosures and Distance Learning State Authorization: Applicants who are applying to programs that may lead to licensure in states other than Pennsylvania must be aware of the various state professional licensure requirements. Please see ESU's professional licensure disclosures, Evaluation of Conduct Record, and check licensure requirements by occupation and state at CareerOneStop.

Contact Us

Please contact the Department Secretary for more information about the Business Management programs at (570) 422-3251.

Contact Information

Campus Address
Gessner Science Hall 301
(570) 422-3251
(570) 422-3308 (Fax)
Title of Department Leader
Graduate Coordinator
Robert Thomas
(570) 422-3171