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Accounting (Combined BS/MS)

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Accounting (Combined BS/MS)

This 5-year degree program combines our BS and MS in Accounting programs and prepares students to become Certified Public Accountants (CPA). Our Accounting program, accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), helps students develop strong, comprehensive functional and technical skills and provides a specialized, in-depth understanding of the complexities of current accounting, auditing, and tax practice. Classroom learning is immediately transferrable to the job and prepares students to sit for the New Jersey CPA examination. The program also helps fulfill the required 150 credit hours of study needed to become licensed in New Jersey.

To better prepare students for the CPA exam, the Department of Accounting and Finance offers a CPA Review Course at no additional cost to graduating seniors. Please contact with questions.

A Combined Degree program enables undergraduate students to enroll in graduate courses in their senior year, which can be counted towards the completion of both their Bachelor's and Master's degree requirements.  The ability to take these "swing courses" allows students to earn both their Bachelor's and Master's degrees in a shortened period of time, typically within five years.

Application Requirements

Students with a GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Application Deadline: Rolling admission
  • Students will be sent an expedited application from The Graduate School to complete
  • Current students also need 90 overall credits & 18 credits of ACCT courses.
Students with a GPA below 3.0

Students with a GPA below a 3.0 are not eligible for admission to a Combined Program, and will need to submit a traditional application to their graduate program of interest. Prior to applying, please speak with your program advisor for more details.

Current students also need 90 overall credits & 18 credits of ACCT courses.


If you have inquiries regarding your program of interest, please contact:

Accounting & Finance Department
Phone: 973-655-4174

*During the summer months, there will be a rotating department chair available to answer your inquiry. Find the updated summer chair for this program.*

If you have questions regarding the application process and requirements, please email or call us:

Incoming Freshmen and Transfers:

Undergraduate Admissions
Telephone: 973-655-4444
Fax: (973) 655-7700

Current Montclair State Undergraduates:

The Graduate School
Telephone: 973-655-5147
Fax: (973) 655-7869