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Ramapo College Office of Graduate Admissions

McBride House 505 Ramapo Valley Road Mahwah, NJ 07430

Phone: (201) 684-7270
Text: (201) 800-6057
Fax: (201) 684-7964

Looking for a five-year program to attain a B.S. and M.S. in Accounting (MSAC)? If you’re interested in a career as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) this program may be for you. Major accounting firms including the “Big Four” look for graduates who are CPA-ready with 150 credits which this program provides. You will begin taking your graduate courses senior year and finish them in your fifth year.

For maximum flexibility and convenience, all MSAC graduate classes are offered ONLINE.

If you are a current Ramapo Accounting major or minor and are interested in pursuing the B.S. to M.S. in Accounting program to complete 150 credits to be eligible for CPA certification, consider applying and you, too, can begin taking courses your senior year. Other business majors may qualify as well with additional transitional classes.

Please see the frequently asked questions below and feel free to contact Program Director Constance Crawford, Professor of Accounting,, 201-684-7396, ASB-304.

4+1 Graduate Major Declaration Form Details


4+1 Track Curriculum

4+1 Track (30 credits / 10 courses)

4+1 Track (30 credits / 10 courses)

Spring Senior Year / Summer (double counting courses)

Summer – 3 credits (optional)

  • ACCT-XXX  Accounting Elective (3 credits) – Summer 2

Fall – 12 credits

Spring – 9/12 credits

*Winter elective courses may be available
**Curriculum maps and course offerings subject to change
***Accounting B.S./M.S. Five Year Plan


4+1 Q&A

Does the five-year B.S. to M.S. in Accounting Program satisfy 150 credit requirement for the CPA licensure?

Yes, the program builds upon your undergraduate degree in Accounting to gain the additional credits needed by developing advanced accounting knowledge and analytical skills while acquiring a master’s degree. The five-year program meets the 150 credit requirement for New Jersey CPA certification.

Is the five-year B.S. to M.S. in Accounting Program accredited by AACSB?

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

Can I start the program while I am still an undergraduate at Ramapo College?

Yes, Ramapo College Accounting majors can begin taking two of the courses required for the M.S. in Accounting during their senior year at Ramapo College and complete the remaining eight courses in their fifth year. The M.S. in Accounting program is 30 credits total and consists of ten 3-credit courses.

When can I enter the B.S. to M.S. in Accounting program?

New students, freshmen or transfer, should apply directly to the 4+1 program on their application. If accepted, you are enrolled in the program and must maintain the requirements to proceed onto the graduate portion of the program.

Current Accounting majors who did not apply to the 4+1 program on their admission application who have at least a 3.0 GPA, can visit the Registrar’s website and complete the 4+1 Declaration Form: with the advisement of MSAC Program Director, Prof. Constance Crawford, and after review be declared a 4+1 BS/MS Accounting student.

All 4+1 designated students must complete certain coursework and attain proper GPA requirements.

What are the requirements to remain enrolled in the 4+1 BS/MS program?

For a student majoring in Accounting at Ramapo College, a minimum cumulative and major GPA of 3.0 and a minimum grade of B-minus in Intermediate Accounting I and Federal Taxation I are required. Upon review of the following requirements, the Program Director will inform students that remain eligible to enroll in the double-counting coursework in their senior year. After successful completion and graduation, the student will proceed to the MS graduate +1 year.

A  Ramapo College student majoring in business in a field other than accounting may be eligible for the program with additional undergraduate accounting coursework – contact the program director for advisement: Professor Constance Crawford,, 201-684-7396, ASB-304.

How do I register for the graduate classes as an undergraduate?

Declared 4+1 BS/MS Accounting students will be reviewed by the MSAC program director early in their senior year to ensure they have met all course and GPA requirements. The Program Director will inform students who remain eligible to enroll in the double counting coursework in their senior year. Registration for the graduate classes takes place during web registration.

Note that the graduate classes are three credits each so you may need to add a two-credit course to attain the 128 credits required to complete the B.S. in Accounting degree (the two-credit Excel course BADM 120 is recommended.) Applicants are encouraged to meet with the M.S. in Accounting program director, Prof. Constance Crawford,, ASB-304, to discuss requirements based upon your particular situation.

Students who take a graduate course in the Summer term, must apply for the August graduation to complete their undergraduate degree.