FAQs

Programs

Is the MPS in Management - Accounting Specialization offered online?

No, our MPS in Management - Accounting Specialization is a residential program intended to facilitate interaction between our students and faculty. It is focused on the necessary courses and skill sets needed for successful entry into the accounting industry.

How long is the MPS in Management - Accounting Specialization program?

The MPS in Management - Accounting Specialization is a two semester, 30 credit hour program. It has launched in the Fall of 2017 and beginning in Spring 2018, students should be able to join the program in either the Fall or Spring semesters.

How does the MPS in Management - Accounting Specialization differ from an MBA?

The MPS in Management - Accounting Specialization program offers the rigorous business management curriculum you’d expect to find in a top MBA program, but with a focus on accounting. As the core requirements in accounting are completed, students have the availability to take a variety of graduate level management classes in the SC Johnson College of Business which include the Johnson Graduate School of Management, Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management and the School of Hotel Administration. In many classes, students will be integrated with students from our top-tier MBA program. The business schools at Cornell are accredited by AACSB International.

How does the MPS in Management - Accounting Specialization differ from the MSA?

The Master of Professional Studies in Management- Accounting Specialization and the Master of Science- Accounting are similar in content, but may differ in purpose. In some states, the MS- Accounting is aimed exclusively at meeting the educational requirements of licensing as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). The MPS in Management - Accounting Specialization program offers a more flexible approach that allows students to choose a curriculum that meets their educational objective. Many will choose to pursue the CPA. We will help advise each student through the process of having their record reviewed by the State Board of Accountancy in the state they choose to become licensed which is not an onerous burden. Students choosing the corporate or advisory services or other career route will receive similar help in designing a program customized to meet their needs.

How do our graduates fare in the job market?

The short answer is: we don’t know yet! We are launching our initial year in the Fall of 2017! As a practical matter, we expect our MPS in Management - Accounting Specialization graduates to have the same level of success we see in our undergraduate accounting program - nearly 100% employment prior to graduation!

Will you help me find a job in the accounting industry?

Yes. Cornell University, the SC Johnson College of Business and the Accounting program have long established relationships with many major employers, including professional service firms, consulting firms, banks and fortune 500 companies. These relationships, combined with our academic and career advisement will help our graduates to be successful in the accounting industry.

Requirements

Does my undergraduate degree have to be in accounting or other management discipline?

No. Your undergraduate degree can be in any field, provided you excelled in your studies. We expect you to have the equivalent of a “minor” in business, meaning you have taken the introductory classes in economics, statistics, financial accounting, finance, marketing and management, although these classes do NOT have to be taken at Cornell University.

Is a minimum GPA required?

No. There is no minimum GPA required for admission to the MPS in Management - Accounting Specialization program, however we expect applicants to demonstrate their potential to excel in our rigorous academic environment. The average undergraduate GPA for admitted students in other Johnson Graduate School of Management programs is typically about 3.4.

Is the GMAT or GRE required?

Yes. All applicants are required to submit either the GMAT or GRE taken in the last 5 years. Although we prefer the GMAT over the GRE for this program, we will accept either. If you have graduated from Cornell University in the last 2 years with a GPA of 3.3 or greater, please submit your transcript and request a waiver. Please note that we reserve the right to use our discretion for granting or refusing waivers.

Is a minimum GMAT score required?

No. As our program is brand new, we have no prior GMAT history for students who have applied to the program. We have no set minimum, but competitive GMAT scores will certainly make an application more attractive.

Is work experience necessary?

No. Students who have had internships in the accounting industry will be attractive candidates for our MPS in Management - Accounting Specialization program.

May I transfer graduate-level credits from other institutions to the MPS in Management - Accounting Specialization program?

No. All students are required to complete a minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate coursework at Cornell University.

Based on work experience, may I be exempted from certain application requirements or required courses?

No.

Based prior academic work, may I be exempted from certain required courses?

Yes. If you have completed some of our required curriculum, graduate electives from any of the three schools in the SC Johnson College of Business may be substituted. Those with appropriate prior undergraduate coursework may substitute appropriate graduate management electives. Please visit our Curriculum page for more information.

Admissions and financial aid

When are applications due?

The deadlines for the next MPS in Management - Accounting Specialization class can be found on our Application Guide. You must complete your application prior to the admission deadline. You may be invited to conduct a personal interview prior to receiving your admissions decision.

Is financial assistance available?

Yes. Information about financial aid opportunities including loans and scholarships, can be found on the Tuition & Funding Opportunities page.

Student experience

Is it possible to have a part-time job while completing the MPS in Management – Accounting Specialization program?

The MPS in Management - Accounting Specialization program is time intensive and your studies will require your full attention. Teaching assistantships may be available to particularly well-qualified candidates or perhaps other on-campus part-time employment. We do not recommend off-campus work during the program.

May I enroll in courses outside the MPS in Management - Accounting Specialization program?

Yes. You may take graduate level elective courses within the SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University, provided the program director approves your schedule and the course is available.

Where will I live while in school?

Graduate student housing is available on and off campus within walking, biking, or a bus ride’s distance from campus. Please visit the graduate website for more information on Housing & Living in Ithaca.

International Students

Is student visa assistance offered for international students?

Yes. Cornell’s International Students and Scholars Office assists international students with student visa applications.

What are the minimum scores on TOEFL/IELTS exams?

The Cornell University Graduate School has minimum requirements for English Language Proficiency requirements that may be found at their webpage. The Admissions Committee for the MPS in Management - Accounting Specialization believes it is essential that applicants have excellent fluency of the English language to be successful in the accounting industry.