Accounting M.S.

Paul College MS accounting student Lawson Martinez
Accounting M.S.

Ready for a rewarding career in public or private accounting? This rigorous 30-credit program will prepare you for the corner office. Develop rock-solid accounting expertise, plus the technical, analytical and communication skills needed to become the problem-solving candidate employers seek.

Why get your master’s degree in accounting?

A masters in accounting will prepare you for fast-track advancement in the accounting field. According to the business field of accounting is one of the strongest sectors of the economy and Yahoo! Education notes that a master’s degree in accounting is one of the top options for those looking to fuel a career switch from their current position. Paul College’s rigorous program will give you the competitive edge you need and prepare you for the corner office. You’ll develop rock-solid accounting expertise plus the technical, analytical and communication skills needed to become the problem-solving candidate employers seek.

Why choose UNH’s M.S. in Accounting program?

UNH boasts the #1 CPA pass rate in New Hampshire (first-time test takers) and graduates are highly sought after, typically accepting jobs prior to the end of their first semester. Our program can be completed in nine months for undergraduate accounting degree-holders, and we also offer 16 to 20-month program options for non-accounting and non-business major degree holders. You can pursue study in three tracks: auditing and assurance, tax, and integrated audit and tax. Small classes and real-world problem solving define our program. We’ve got connections to partners and principals at top accounting firms to ensure our program provides the most up-to-date skills and knowledge and career connections.

Potential careers

  • Auditing
  • Financial management
  • Forensic and investigative accounting
  • Government accounting
  • Public accounting
  • Real estate accounting
  • Tax and financial advising

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Curriculum & Requirements

The master of science in accounting, offered by the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics, develops students' competencies to become innovative problem solvers in public accounting firms as well as small businesses, non­-profit organizations, and major corporations. Designed for students with undergraduate degrees in accounting, the graduate program can be completed in one year. Applicants without an undergraduate degree in accounting can still apply but will need to take additional undergraduate business and accounting courses prior to beginning the graduate program.

The program satisfies the 150-­hour course load required by most U.S. state licensing boards, including the state of New Hampshire. The Paul College is AACSB accredited. The master of science in accounting program strives to ensure that students have range and depth in the field, and emphasizes strong analytical and communication skills as well as fosters awareness of ethical issues.

Upon admission to the program, applicants are required to complete seven required courses and three track courses. ACFI 850 Accounting Theory and Research is the capstone course.

All admitted candidates are expected to have completed a series of prerequisite courses. If an applicant has not completed all of the prerequisite courses, the admissions committee may offer provisional admission and require that the applicant take the prerequisite courses prior to beginning the standard course of study. Refer to the list of prerequisites below labeled "For Students with Non­-Accounting Business Degrees".

ACFI 820Corporate Taxation3
ACFI 844Topics in Advanced Accounting3
ACFI 860Advanced Business Law3
ACFI 890Accounting Information Systems3
ACFI 895Governmental and Non-Profit Accounting3
ACFI 897Ethics and Professional Practices3
ACFI 850Accounting Theory and Research3
Select a track below9
Total Credits30

Auditing and Assurance Track

ACFI 830Advanced Auditing3
ACFI 896Topics (International Accounting)3
ACFI 840Forensic Acctg & Fraud Exam3
Total Credits9

Tax Track

ACFI 896Topics (Applied Tax Research and Planning)3
ACFI 896Topics (Advanced Topics in Tax)3
ACFI 896Topics (Advanced Business Taxation)3
Total Credits9

Integrated Audit and Tax Track

Select three of the six track courses above9
Total Credits9

For Students with Non­-Accounting Business Degrees

Prerequisites that must be completed at the undergraduate level are:

ACFI 621Intermediate Financial Accounting I4
ACFI 622Intermediate Financial Accounting II4
MGT 647Business Law I4
ACFI 723Advanced Managerial Accounting Concepts and Applications4
ACFI 724Auditing4
ACFI 726Introduction to Federal Income Tax4
Total Credits24

Students who do not possess an undergraduate degree in business must also complete:

ADMN 502Financial Accounting4
ADMN 503Managerial Accounting4
ECON 401Principles of Economics (Macro)4
ADMN 420Business Statistics4
ADMN 570Introduction to Financial Management4
ADMN 970Economics of Competition3
In addition, students must choose two of the following: 8
Behavior in Organizations
Quantitative Decision Making
Total Credits31


Applications must be completed by the following deadlines in order to be reviewed for admission:

  • Fall: Nov. 15 (Early Decision); June 15 (regular admission)
  • Spring: Nov. 15 (Accelerated Masters). Oct. 15 (regular admissions). Applications considered on a case-by-case basis if space is available. Deadline extended to Dec. 15
  • Summer: N/A
  • Special: Contact Program

Application fee: $65

Campus: Durham

New England Regional: Case by case for ME

Accelerated Masters: Yes

New Hampshire Residents

Students claiming in-state residency must also submit a Proof of Residence form. This form is not required to complete your application, but you will need to submit it after you are offered admission or you will not be able to register for classes.


If you attended UNH after September 1, 1991, and have indicated so on your online application, we will retrieve your transcript internally; this includes UNH-Durham, UNH-Manchester and UNH Non-Degree work. 

If you did not attend UNH, or attended prior to September 1, 1991, then you must request one official transcript be sent directly to our office from the Registrar's Office of each college/university attended. International transcripts must be translated into English. We accept transcripts both electronically and in hard copy:

  • Electronic Transcripts: Please have your institution send the transcript directly to Please note that we can only accept copies sent directly from the institution.
  • Paper Transcripts: Please send hard copies of transcripts to: UNH Graduate School, Thompson Hall- 105 Main Street, Durham, NH 03824. You may request transcripts be sent to us directly from the institution or you may send them yourself as long as they remain sealed in the original university envelope.

Letters of Recommendation: 2 Required

Recommendation letters submitted by relatives or friends, as well as letters older than one year, will not be accepted.

Test Scores: GMAT Recommended

The GMAT is highly recommended for admission to the MS Finance program. Applicants may provide their GMAT or GRE scores to supplement their application or to be considered for department scholarships and assistantships. Please, request official test scores to be sent directly to the Graduate School by the testing service. Our CEEB code is 3918.

Test scores more than five years old are not acceptable. Student copies and photocopies of scores are not considered official. To register for the exam or for more tools to help you prepare for the exam, please visit the Graduate Management Admissions Council homepage.

For general information about test scores required for admission into our programs please visit our Test Scores webpage.

Personal Statement

Applicants to the Accounting Program must provide answers to these specific questions: 1) Do you believe your college grades reflect your ability? Explain. 2) Describe a situation in which you have had to assume a significant responsibility. What effect did that situation have on your personal development? 3) What do you consider to be your major strengths and weaknesses and how do you expect graduate study to affect them? 4) Discuss your long range objectives and the ways in which your planning has been influenced by past academic or work experiences. Additionally, please discuss the anticipated benefits you hope to gain from graduate education. *Optional: Provide any additional information which you feel should be considered by the Admission Committee.


A current resume is required with your submitted application.

Important Notes

All applicants are encouraged to contact programs directly to discuss program specific application questions.

International Applicants

Prospective international students are strongly encouraged to complete our international pre-application process and are required to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or equivalent examination scores. Please note that English Language Exams may be waived if English is your first language. If you wish to request a waiver, then please visit our Test Scores webpage for more information.

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