Master of Business Administration
Master of Business Administration

MBA/CPA Coursework

The MBA in Public Accountancy program consists of 36 credits of graduate study beyond completion of the BS in Accounting at New Paltz or its equivalent. It is registered with the New York State Education Department as a 150-credit Licensure-Qualifying Program in Public Accountancy, which means that students earning this degree will have met the educational requirements needed to sit for the CPA examination in New York. Details about the requirements for obtaining a CPA license in New York State can be found at

Students interested in careers in public accounting need to pursue the CPA designation. Students entering New Paltz as first-year undergraduates should be able to complete the BS/MBA dual degree program in five years of full-time study if they enroll in some summer sessions, and plan their degree programs carefully.

A student who is considered for admission to this program must meet all the admission requirements for the MBA program AND have successfully completed all of the requirements for the Bachelor of Science Accounting program at New Paltz.

New Paltz undergraduates: students enrolled in the BS in Accounting program may apply for admission to the MBA in Public Accountancy once they have completed 90 academic credits. Qualified students may begin taking MBA courses during their senior year, although formal admission to the MBA program is dependent on having successfully completed the BS in Accounting AND meeting the criteria for admission into the MBA program.

Graduates of other baccalaureate programs: students who have earned a baccalaureate degree from another institution will be admitted to the MBA pending completion of the undergraduate requirements for the BS in Accounting at New Paltz. Depending on the degree held and the institution at which it was conferred, each student will have a course-by-course analysis completed to determine what will be required to demonstrate how each of the prerequisites courses in the SUNY New Paltz licensure-qualifying program has been satisfied. Based on this review, and upon approval of the Dean of the School of Business, the candidate will be evaluated for admission into the MBA program.


The foundation includes three courses that must be taken before the core and elective courses, early in the program. Students must earn a "B" or better in each of the foundation courses.

In addition, all MBA students must take a zero-credit Business Workshop at the beginning of the first semester at SUNY New Paltz, which consists of a general orientation, business writing session and an ethics test.


(0 - 9 Credits depending on prior coursework)

BUS500 Excel Tutorial 0
BUS515 Business Economics for Managers 3
BUS509 Statistics Analysis & Decision Theory 3
BUS508 Financial Statement Analysis 3
Total foundation courses: 9

CORE COURSES (36 credits)

BUS581 Accounting Information Systems 3
BUS520 Managing Operations and Information Technology 3
BUS525 Quantitative Methods for Business Research 3
BUS526 Managing in a Global Environment 3
BUS528 Marketing Management 3
BUS536 Corporate Financial Management 3
BUS568 Individual and Group Behavior Analysis 3
BUS583 Advanced Auditing 3
BUS585 Accounting Theory 3
BUS586 Advanced Concepts in Federal Income Taxation 3
BUS589 Cases in Strategy and Business Policy (capstone course) 3
MBA Elective Course 3
Total core and elective courses 36

Total credits in the MBA in Public Accountancy program: 36 - 45

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Program Information:

Aaron Hines, Assistant Dean for MBA Programs

Admission Information:

Alana Matuszewski, Director of Graduate Admission

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