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Master of Accountancy in Professional Accounting

Earn an advanced degree in accounting through our fully online program.

Paving the way to an accounting career

The Rutgers Business School Master of Accountancy in Professional Accounting (M.S.) program is a 30-credit, part-time accounting degree for those who don't have a traditional educational or professional accounting background, but are seeking an advanced degree in accounting. This program is now 100% online.

Our program balances accounting theory and practice and prepares you to meet the needs of the profession and make a successful career change without the increased cost of pursuing an MBA.

If you have an undergraduate degree in a business discipline other than accounting, as well as some work experience, then the professional accounting program will help to prepare and equip you for a successful transition into a career in accounting.

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Program Highlights

  • 30 credits, 11 courses
  • Fall, spring and summer start options
  • 100% online
  • Part-time course of study with option of transferring to full-time via MBA in Professional Accounting program
  • Receive up to 6 credits for prior graduate course work
  • *Satisfies New Jersey CPA exam credit hours with an undergraduate degree in business
  • Take day classes with MBA in Professional Accounting students.

*For the CPA exam education requirements in other states, please refer to the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy website at nasba.org. 

Prepare for the CPA

The Master of Accountancy in Professional Accounting program satisfies New Jersey CPA exam credit hour requirements. If sitting for the CPA is in your plans, our accounting program will help you succeed.

For the CPA exam education requirements in other states, please refer to the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy website at nasba.org.

Career Management

Career Management at Rutgers Business School is designed to prepare you to navigate the job market and meet your professional goals. You have access to a dedicated career team, with an experienced career counselor who is committed to helping you with the many stages of career prep.

Top business schools incorporate a career management course into their curriculum and RBS is no different. The Career Management Program (CMP) is a zero-credit course that is included in your tuition and fees for full-time graduate students. The CMP incorporates workshops, individual counseling, skill-building, networking, and more to develop students into ready candidates for the recruiting cycle.

You also have access to resources and tools to help you find job opportunities, sharpen your resume, and advance your skillset:

  • Career Counselor- Career counselors are available to help you with everything from your interview skills, resume & cover letter reviews, and personalized career advice
  • Workshops and Events- Events and workshops are held virtually and in-person to provide you with the knowledge you need to grow and to put you in front of the right people
  • BusinessKnight – Career Management system specifically for RBS students with career development tools, video interviewing practice, recorded webinars, links to external resources & job postings
  • Rutgers Handshake- Newark & Rutgers Handshake- New Brunswick – Internal job portals for each campus for recruiters looking for Rutgers students.
  • VMock – Online AI-based resume development, grading, and enhancing tool
  • Beyond B-School – Subscription-based online career portal for graduate-level students (free to students)

Student & Alumni Voices

Rutgers has opened doors for me. My dream was to work in one of the Big 4. KPMG is like a dream come true. I can't wait to start in the fall.
Michael Abrigo
Business Tax Associate, KPMG
When I decided to change careers, I struggled to find programs similar to this one. The program offers classes required for the CPA exam without extra MBA classes. I highly recommend this program if you’re thinking about the CPA exam.
Kristina DiMartino
Tax Associate, Marks Paneth
Whether taking a direct interest in my development as a student, or my anticipated entry into the field of public accounting, the faculty support helped prepare me to work effectively with clients and colleagues.
Jeff Mraz
Audit Partner, Deloitte & Touche LLP
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Faculty Spotlight

Alexander Sannella

Professor, Director of the MBA in Professional Accounting Program and Director of the RBS Teaching Excellence Center

Alexander J. Sannella is currently a Professor of Accounting at the Rutgers Business School and the Director of the MBA in Professional Accounting Program and the Director of the Rutgers Business School Teaching Excellence Center. He received his Ph.D. in Accounting and Finance from New York University and is a...