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Constance Crawford
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(201) 684-7396
ccrawfor@ramapo.edu

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Looking to take your career to another level as an accounting professional? If you have an undergraduate degree in business and are interested in pursuing a master’s degree in Accounting, this program may be for you. This 30 credit graduate program will allow you to attain advanced knowledge in financial statement analysis, auditing and accounting information systems as well as complete the 150 credits to be eligible for Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certification.

Please see the frequently asked questions below and feel free to contact Program Director Constance Crawford, Professor of Accounting ccrawfor@ramapo.edu, 201-684-7396.

For international applicants or domestic applicants who completed a degree outside of the U.S.,  to the MSAC Program, we encourage you to explore the use of an Advisory Evaluation of previous courses taken: https://www.nasba.org/exams/cpaexam/newjersey/ and share the evaluation with us as you apply and/or explore this program.

Does the M.S. in Accounting Program satisfy the 150 credit requirement for CPA licensure?

Yes, the program consists of 30 credits and is designed to build upon an undergraduate degree in accounting to meet the 150 credit requirement for New Jersey CPA certification.

Is the M.S. in Accounting Program accredited by AACSB?

ASB Accredited by AACSB InternationalYes, the program, like all degree programs offered by the Anisfield School of Business at Ramapo College, is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, AACSB, the internationally recognized sign of excellence in business education.

Do I need to have an undergraduate degree in accounting to enter the program?

A student with a business undergraduate degree in a discipline other than accounting can take additional undergraduate accounting courses to be able to qualify for this program. Meet with the M.S. in Accounting Program Director, Professor Constance Crawford (ccrawfor@ramapo.edu) to discuss requirements based upon your particular situation.

For students with a BA or BS in a non-Business major, we encourage you  you to research and apply to our MBA program.  The MBA program is designed for working professionals from any and all majors.  And, beginning in Fall 2018, the MBA program will be offering a concentration in Accounting. Research more here – www.ramapo.edu/mba

Additionally, students may apply as a 2nd bachelors degree candidate in Accounting, as a transfer student, apply.ramapo.edu

When can I enter the program?

Fall, Spring or Summer – applications are accepted for students to enter the program in the fall, spring or summer sessions. Deadlines found at www.ramapo.edu/graduate

Is there a minimum number of courses I need to take each term?

No, courses can be taken one or more at a time and at your own pace.

Do the courses have to be taken in a certain order and at a certain time?

No, Courses can be taken in any order.

Are courses available evenings, hybrid or online?

Yes, courses are offered online during the summer session and select sections will be offered as evening/hybrid and online during the fall and spring semesters.

Is there a limit to how long I can take to complete the requirements of the program?

Current College Graduate Policy states: “Graduate students must make satisfactory academic progress annually and complete their programs within five years.” For details on the Ramapo College Graduate Programs Policies and Procedures, please visit https://www.ramapo.edu/catalog-2017-2018/masters/.

How do I apply?

Visit the Graduate Admissions site to apply. For detailed application requirements, see the M.S. Accounting Admissions Requirements page.

You may also apply as a non-degree student if you wanted to only take 1 or 2 courses.

What courses are offered?

All courses in the program are three credits each and cover the range of topics that are covered in the CPA examination.

Courses at a Glance:

Data Analytics

  • Understand the emerging role of data analytics in organizations.
  • Explore advanced Microsoft Excel functions and the use of Excel in solving analytical problems.
  • Learn how to communicate with analytics professionals to effectively use and interpret analytic models and results for making better business decisions.

Government and Not-for-Profit Accounting

  • Discover the importance of financial reporting requirements for the not-for-profit entity.
  • Examine the role of the government & impact of tax regulations through case discussion and analysis.

Business Law, Ethics and Regulatory Pronouncements

  • Explore the regulatory requirements of accounting, auditing and tax Issues.
  • Study the impact of Sarbanes-Oxley and internal control reporting requirements.
  • Appreciate the role of ethics as an underpinning of the corporate culture – ethics will be a focal point of all discussions and case analysis assignments.

Financial Statement Analysis

  • Explore Generally Accepted Accounting Principles in the preparation of the annual report.
  • Examine the valuation process & ratio analysis in a dynamic and “real-life” business case scenario.
  • Appreciate the importance of risk assessment as a valuation tool and gain experience implementing it.

Advanced Auditing and Information Technology Systems

  • Examine the Securities and Exchange Commission requirements pertaining to auditing and reporting requirements.
  • Identify the impact of technology on the audit process.
  • Understand the risks associated with operational systems security, networks and systems development.

Forensic Accounting

  • Discuss the role of civil litigation in the accounting profession and fraud in financial reporting.
  • Integrate ethics and managerial responsibility in the creation of an effective internal control system through cases.
  • Understand the role of forensic accountants in the legal process including the impact of insurance fraud and misstatement in financial reporting.

Advanced Federal Taxation Issues

  • Examine current tax issues and pending legislation as a means of effective decision-making strategies.
  • Examine the goal of increased profitability, through creative strategies designed to reduce the corporate taxes through the lens of the Internal Revenue Code.

Fraud Examination and Advanced Auditing

  • Explore the principles and techniques required to prevent and detect fraud in the financial reporting system.
  • Examine fraud identification tools & risks associated with ineffective internal control.

International Accounting Issues and Reporting Issues

  • Identify the impact of international reporting differences and standards on the accounting process.
  • Understand the importance of blended International and US GAAP reporting guidelines.
  • Analyze major differences in rules and the disparity in financial statement reporting standards.

Fundamentals of Accounting Research and Advanced Topics

  • Develop applied professional research skills in areas of recent accounting, auditing and tax pronouncements.
  • Become proficient in the conduct of professional research through the incorporation of GAAP.