Fairfield’s Master of Science in Accounting program offers a 30-credit master’s in accounting. Students can choose between two tracks: assurance 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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Dear Prospective Student,
The integrity of the financial markets has become clearer over the last decade. The Dolan School of Business is ideal for those looking to enter our graduate programs with an open mind and a critical intellect. At Fairfield, you'll be encouraged to engage with the material, questioning and challenging the status quo, so you can learn to analyze accounting issues from an ethical perspective.
Should you choose to pursue an M.S. in Accounting at Fairfield, you'll have access to professors who have both academic and professional certifications. As a result, they can better address real world questions you may pose and have numerous professional contacts that may help you obtain employment upon graduation. In addition, since this program is small, you will have ample opportunities for one-to-one interaction with them as well as with other students. Learning in a community environment affords an outstanding experience.
After obtaining your M.S. in Accounting, you will likely notice that your presentation and communication skills have vastly improved, giving you an edge over peers at work. Interested? Please take some time to further explore the possibilities of earning an M.S. in Accounting at Fairfield University, and e-mail me directly if you have any questions.
Dawn Massey, Ph.D., C.P.A.
Coordinator, Graduate Accounting Programs
Applicants for the M.S. in Accounting must hold a bachelor's degree in accounting from a regionally accredited college or university (or the international equivalent) or have completed the equivalent coursework prior to beginning the program.
Applications are reviewed by the Graduate Admission Committee. Students seeking admission must submit:
Completed Application for Graduate Admission (available online.)
*The Charles F. Dolan School of Business generally seeks graduate students who meet the following criteria: an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00 accompanied by a GMAT score of at least 500.
****The GMAT/GRE may be waived for applicants who have passed all parts of the Uniform CPA exam or a jurisdictional Bar examination. Additionally, alumni and students with undergraduate business majors in the Dolan School of Business may be waived from the GMAT/GRE if they meet two benchmarks: (1) their overall Fairfield GPA is at least 3.25; and (2) their business major GPA, based on four or more major courses, all of which have been completed at Fairfield University, is at least 3.25. Please direct questions to the Director of Graduate Programs to learn more.”
Students from non-English speaking countries are required to submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score report. A TOEFL composite score of 550 for the paper test, 213 for the computer-based, 80 on the Internet-based test (IBT) is strongly recommended for admission. Fairfield's ETS code is 3390.
Please send original supporting application materials and documents that cannot be uploaded into the online application directly to the Business School:
Dolan School of Business
1073 North Benson Road
Fairfield, CT 06824-5195
Phone: (203) 254-4000, Ext.2843
Fax: (203) 254-4029
How to Apply
For detailed admission requirements, please refer to the links below:
Due to the competitive nature of the MSA program, completed applications must be submitted by the end of the fall semester (December) PRIOR to the start of the next cohort, which occurs in May.
To be considered for financial aid, Fairfield University requires students to complete a FAFSA form. For further information, visit the Office of Financial Aid.
MSA students select their courses in consultation with their advisor. Students can elect to focus on Assurance or Taxation.*
*Note: To pursue a focus on Taxation, students must complete a minimum of 6 taxation courses, although completion of at least 7 taxation courses is recommended.
For a full description please visit our online course catalog.
MSA Required courses (21 credits)
Foundation courses (15 credits):
International course (3 credits):
Designated research course (3 credits):
MSA Elective courses (9 credits)
Or other 500-level business course with permission of the accounting department chair or designee.
Through Fairfield's Master of Science in Accounting, you'll develop skills that can be directly applied to your current or future career, including:
Fairfield University M.S. in Accounting graduates have traditionally worked in public accounting and CPA firms, and have held positions such as:
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