Master of Science in Professional Accountancy

Career Impact

Employment Outcomes for School of Management Graduate Students

Employment Outcomes for School of Management Graduate StudentsIn a recent survey of all graduate-level students enrolled in degree programs through Marist's School of Management, 85% indicated they were employed full-time in the area of their degree, 4% indicated they were enrolled in further education full-time (doctoral program or additional coursework), and 10% indicated they were employed while continuing to further their education. A partial list of companies where our alumni are currently employed includes the following:

Notable Employers*

  • BKD LLP
  • Deloitte & Touche LLP
  • KPMG LLP
  • Cesarano & Khan P.C.
  • Ernst & Young LLP
  • EisnerAmper
  • Andersen Tax Service.

*a small sample of employers from the prior year

Career Preparation

  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Auditor
  • Financial Analyst
  • Tax Specialist

Career Potential For MS in Professional Accountancy Graduates

  • Promotions to partner, manager, and corporate managerial positions increasingly go to candidates with graduate degrees.

  • A careerBuilder.com survey found that companies are pushing their hiring level to candidates with higher degrees.

  • The Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics noted that accountants who have a CPA and a master in accounting have an advantage in the market.

  • A recent Institute of Management Accountants' salary survey showed increased earnings for accountants with a graduate degree:

    • The median dollar amount increase for those with a master's degree was $13,436, resulting in a median base salary of $107,000.

    • Total median compensation for those with master's degrees was $123,000 compared to $109,716 for those with a bachelor's degree only.

    • Of survey participants who indicated that they held an entry-level management accounting position, 55 percent reported having a master's degree.

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Daniel Eric Goldstein '17, MSPAccy '18

Ernst & Young
Incoming FSO Assurance Staff

I found the ease of the transition from undergraduate school to graduate school at Marist most beneficial. More specifically, I was able to establish relationships with a majority of the wonderful faculty involved with the MSPAccy program.