M.S. in Accounting

Where experience becomes expertise.

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.

Contact 203-254-4000, Ext. 2843 to learn more.

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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

Graduate Information Session

Come meet our deans and faculty to learn more about our graduate programs.

Message From the Director

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. We strive to develop ethical business leaders. 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 a Master of Science in Accounting (“MSA”) 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, the opportunity to expand your network 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. You are in charge of your career and we are here to help you succeed. If you are 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.

Thank you,
Kathi Mettler, C.P.A.
Director, Graduate Accounting Programs

Admission Requirements

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.


Formal Admission Process

Applications are reviewed by the Graduate Admission Committee. Students seeking admission must submit:

Completed Application for Graduate Admission (available online.)

  • A Completed Application for Graduate Admission Form Apply Online
  • A Non-refundable $60 Application Fee
  • A Professional Resume. Applicants are required to submit a current resume that includes employment and education history. (Submit Online)
  • A Personal Statement of self-evaluation of work experience and career objectives. (Submit Online)
  • Official transcripts from all universities and colleges attended. (All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by an approved evaluating service.)
  • Two Recommendation Forms and Letters, one of which must be, preferably, from a current employer or supervisor. The Recommendations are completed online. At the time of application you will need to provide your two Recommender's names and e-mail addresses.
  • Interviews. Applicants may be required to participate in an interview as part of the admission process. If required, candidates will be contacted by the program director to schedule an appointment.
  • *Official Score for the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). The GRE may be substituted for the GMAT.

*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.”

International Students

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:

Admission Deadline

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.

Financial Aid

To be considered for financial aid, Fairfield University requires students to complete a FAFSA form. For further information, visit the Office of Financial Aid.

Course Offerings

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):

  • AC 530 Accounting for Governments, Hospitals, and Universities
  • AC 570 Issues in Accounting Ethics
  • AC 580 Financial Statement Analysis
  • TX 510 Entity Taxation

Choose one:

  • AC 550 Accounting Information Systems and Technology
  • AC 560 Audit Issues in a Global Environment
  • TX 550 Tax Planning

International course (3 credits):

Choose one:

  • AC 560 Audit Issues in a Global Environment
  • TX 542 International Taxation

Designated research course (3 credits):

Choose one:

  • AC 590 Research on Contemporary Issues in Accounting
  • TX 500 Tax Research

MSA Elective courses (9 credits)

  • AC 510 Issues in a Regulatory Reporting Environment
  • AC 520 International Accounting
  • AC 550 Accounting Information Systems and Technology
  • AC 555 Issues in Internal Audit
  • AC 560 Audit Issues in a Global Environment
  • AC 565 Forensic Accounting
  • AC 585 Seminar: Special Topics in Accounting
  • AC 590 Research on Contemporary Issues in Accounting
  • AC 591 Practicum in Accounting
  • TX 500 Tax Research
  • TX 501 Tax Accounting
  • TX 502 Taxation of Property Transactions
  • TX 512 Advanced Topics in Entity Taxation
  • TX 520 Estate and Gift Taxation
  • TX 530 Partnership Taxation
  • TX 540 State and Local Taxation
  • TX 542 International Taxation
  • TX 548 Tax Practice and Procedure
  • TX 550 Tax Planning
  • TX 585 Seminar: Contemporary Topics in Taxation
  • TX 591 Practicum in Taxation
  • IS 520 Project Management
  • OM 525 Process Improvement and Quality Management
  • MG 510 Management Communication, Influence and Power
  • MG 512 The Law of Commercial Transactions: Advanced Studies in the Uniform Commercial Code
  • CO 528 Professional Rhetoric and Presentation

Or other 500-level business course with permission of the accounting department chair or designee.

Career & Professional Opportunities

Through Fairfield's Master of Science in Accounting, you'll develop skills that can be directly applied to your current or future career, including:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Team Work
  • Leadership
  • Technological
  • Data Analysis

Fairfield University M.S. in Accounting graduates have  traditionally worked in public accounting and CPA firms, and have held positions such as:

  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Audit Associate
  • Tax Associate

Learn more about how the University's Career Planning Center can support your post-graduate goals, and how Fairfield's tight-knit alumni network can build career and mentoring opportunities that last a lifetime.

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