School of Management

Dual Degree Program in Accounting

Bachelor of Science (Accounting) and Master of Science In Professional Accountancy

Program Director: J. Donald Warren, Jr, PhD

Current undergraduate students who wish to apply to the dual degree program should contact the Program Director at 845-575-3000, ext 2794. Prospective undergraduate students interested in learning more about Marist's accounting degree and the BS to MS option should contact the Office of Admission using the buttons to the right of the page.

The Dual Degree in Accounting (Dual Degree Program) provides Marist students majoring in accounting the opportunity to complete a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Master of Science in Professional Accountancy (MSPaccy).  The program is designed to provide Marist students majoring in accounting the opportunity to obtain an additional 30 college credits and a graduate degree to satisfy the 150-hour credits to be licensed as a   Certified Public Accountant (CPA).  The Dual Degree Program is an innovative program in that students complete their undergraduate degree requirements in three and one-half years (December of their fourth year) and the graduate program is composed of both in-class and distance learning classes and may be completed in eight months (August after completing the undergraduate degree).   Marist accounting majors may apply for conditional admission to the MSPaccy during the second semester of their sophomore year, with the GMAT  waived if their GPA is 3.25 or higher.    Marist students not meeting the 3.25 GPA criteria will be required to take and submit GMAT scores.  The minimum GMAT score will be 500.  Students admitted into the program may take full-time classes up to 12 credits during the spring semester of their senior year, with the remaining 18 credits during the summer.   Students admitted during the fall or spring will take courses on a part-time basis and full-time courses in the subsequent summer.  Accounting firms hire accounting graduates to begin their careers in early September.  Accordingly, the MSPaccy is designed to address the requirement by accounting firms that are requiring entering accounting professionals to have either completed the 150-credit requirement or have completed a substantial portion with a plan in place to complete the remaining requirements.  


Marist Students:  may apply their second semester of sophomore year and be conditionally accepted.  Students with a GPA of 3.25 or higher are not required to take the GMAT for admission.  When all requirements of undergraduate degree completed, students will be accepted into the program.


The Master of Science in Professional Accountancy requires 30 credits. For Marist students, up to 12 credits may be earned during the spring semester of senior year, with remaining credits during the summer following receiving their undergraduate degree.  If admitted in the fall or spring, students from other universities will take distance learning courses during fall or spring and in-class courses during the subsequent summer. 

Spring Semester:

  • Elective (Internship in Accounting [ 8 weeks])
  • MBA 664 Economics (8 weeks)
  • MBA 665 Analytics Bootcamp (15 weeks)
  • Elective (Ethics for Accountants (8 weeks)

Summer Term (two-five week sessions):

  • Business Valuations
  • Advanced Auditing
  • Accounting Information Systems
  • International Accounting Standards
  • Accounting Research (10 weeks)
  • Tax Research Accelerated (2 weeks subsequent to completion of Summer Term)