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Why Get An M.S. In
Accounting At Dolan?

Fairfield’s Master of Science in Accounting program offers a 30-credit master’s in accounting. Students can choose between three tracks: assurance, business analytics or taxation. Coursework covers accounting in governments, hospitals, and universities; ethics, financial statement analysis, and entity taxation. The program not only meets these professional needs, it also addresses the educational requirements of most states for CPA certification. Students who choose the taxation track must complete at last six courses in tax (though seven are strongly advised). In addition, all students complete research coursework. The curriculum includes off time to take the CPA exam and complete paid internships. This program must be completed on a full-time basis, beginning in the summer and ending the following May. This cohort model insures a strong sense of community among all the students, as well as opportunities to work closely with the Dolan School’s accounting faculty.

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Accounting Students At A Glance

Age Range: 21 – 40
Average Age: 23
Average GPA: 3.66
Female: 49%
Male: 51%

Undergraduate Majors: Accounting / Business Administration / Finance / Economics

Working at: Blum Shapiro / Bregman & Company / CA Technologies/ CA Technologies / Deloitte / EY / KPMG / NFP / P.C / People's United Bank / PwC / Prudential Financial / Xerox

Career & Professional Development

Today's graduate student must be prepared with skills to last a lifetime of job searches and career shifts. Dolan’s close partnerships with nationally recognized companies and successful alumni will open the door to top notch learning opportunities and lifelong connections. Whether students are looking to start their career, advance their career within their current organization, or pivot to another career, Dolan will provide students with the necessary skills and resources needed to succeed.

Accounting Advisory Board

Our accounting programs benefit from strong connections with accounting firms and employers. Executives from various accounting firms serve on the Advisory Board to provide advice on our curricula, program designs, internships and mentoring, and recruit our graduates

Accounting Advisory Board

Stephen Allegretto, Sr. ‘81
Vice President - Financial Planning
Yale-New Haven Hospital

Tessa Critcos
Managing Director, Business Tax Services

Scott Davis
Stamford Market Managing Partner
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Patrick Dunleavey ‘08
BlumShapiro & Co, P.C.

Lawrence Dunn ‘00
Senior Accountant
Ernst & Young LLP

Jennifer Holland ‘07
Program Manager
Google Apps for Education at Google Inc.

Edward Kingsley

Sheri Lamont Fabian ‘88
Grant Thornton

Robert Nardone ‘92

Brandyn Schmelzer

Thomas Sciametta
Ernst & Young LLP

Evron Trim

Program Requirements

The MSA curriculum includes 30 credits of coursework, consisting of 10, three-credit courses.

Foundation Courses (15 credits)

International Course (3 credits)

Designated Research Course (3 credits)

Electives (9 credits)

  • Concentrations include Assurance, Tax, and Business Analytics

For complete course descriptions please view the online course catalog.

Admission To Dolan

Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university (or the international equivalent) or have completed the equivalent coursework prior to beginning the program.

Dolan Lecture Series

The Dolan Lecture Series features highly accomplished, visionary, and internationally recognized business leaders.

Dean's Executive Forum

The goal of the Dean’s Executive Forum is to feature business leaders across industries to share their experience with students in an informal setting. Programs are developed in collaboration with a Dean’s Executive Forum Student Committee and are held three times a year.

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Graduate Fellowship

Fairfield Dolan offers merit-based graduate fellowships that provide substantial financial support towards the cost of tuition. In addition, students who qualify can apply for a competitive scholarship that covers much of the cost of attending. Admitted students are eligible to apply for a limited number of entrance scholarships. These one-time awards are applied to offset the cost of the first semester of study. As these are very competitive, it is best to apply early if you wish to be considered for this form of support.

Women in Scholars Program-for candidates interested in pursuing a Fairfield Dolan graduate degree program.  This scholarship also includes a mentoring component with Bank of America and Merrill Lynch.

Please contact Leanne De Los Santos at for additional information.

Contact Us

Leanne De Los Santos, assistant dean of graduate programs,

Kathi Mettler, CPA, director of graduate Accounting programs

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to have an undergraduate degree in accounting to apply?

A bachelor’s degree in accounting is strongly recommended. Candidates who lack sufficient accounting coursework may consider our Post-Baccalaureate Accounting Certificate program.

How long does it take to complete the MSA degree program?

The MSA program is a full-time, one year degree program beginning each May.

How are courses offered?

  • Traditional: 14-week
  • Accelerated: 7-week
  • Intensive
  • Summer: 7-week accelerated
  • Online or hybrid formats of any of the above schedules

How are the courses structured?

Traditional courses are taught as lectures/seminars. Courses offered in other formats are designed to offer the same type of classroom experience as the traditional format. Some classes use online discussion, chats, blogs, electronic portfolios, and more as ways to enhance the course experience. Classes taught fully online deliver lectures through a variety of means, and use any or all of the above methods to ensure student participation, comprehension, and performance.

What is the tuition for this degree program?

See tuition and fees for Fairfield University graduate programs.

What is the application deadline?

Priority deadline is January 15. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until the cohort is full.

Do I need to take the GMAT or GRE exam?

The GMAT/GRE exam is required for applicants to the MSA program. This requirement may be waived. Please refer to our waiver policy here.

Can I apply to this program as an international student?

Yes, please review the application requirements for international students.

Whom do I call if I have questions?

For information, please contact Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs Leanne De Los Santos at or 203-254-4000 ext. 3219 or Director of Graduate Accounting Programs Kathi Mettler at

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