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Graduate Course Catalog 2016-2017

Graduate School


Accounting (ACFI)


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This program is offered in Durham.

Assistant Professor: Cristina Bailey, Allen Hartt


Degree Offered: M.S.

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. 

Admission Requirements

The primary admission period for the program is the fall. Admission requirements include a personal history that demonstrates high academic achievement, as well as the applicant's potential and desire for graduate study in accounting. Applicants are required to submit copies of prior academic records, current GMAT scores, three references, and a complete Graduate School online application. A baccalaureate degree program must be completed prior to beginning the M.S. program. 

GMAT waiver:

Current UNH undergraduate accounting option students or undergraduate accounting students from other AACSB-accredited business schools may request a GMAT waiver from the Graduate School if they meet one of the follow conditions:

Cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher
Accounting Option/Major GPA of 3.5 or higher


Admission to the program is highly selective and limited. Interested applicants are advised to apply as early as possible.

Degree Requirements

Upon admission to the program, applicants are required to complete seven required courses and three track courses detailed in the following program outline. 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 begining the standard course of study.





Fall Semester- Five Required Courses

Abbreviation Course Number Title
ACFI   820   Corporate Taxation  
ACFI   844   Advanced Accounting  
ACFI   895   Government and Non-Profit Accounting  
ACFI   890   Accounting Information System  
ACFI   897   Ethics and Professional Practice  

Spring Semester-Two Required Courses Plus Three Track Course

Abbreviation Course Number Title
ACFI   860   Advanced Business Law (Required Course)  
ACFI   850   Accounting Theory and Research (Required Course)  

Auditing and Assurance Track

Abbreviation Course Number Title
ACFI   830   Advanced Auditing  
ACFI   896   Topics / International Accounting  
ACFI   840   Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination  

Tax Track

Abbreviation Course Number Title
ACFI   896   Topics / Applied Tax Research and Planning  
ACFI   896   Topics / Advanced Topics in Tax  
ACFI   896   Topics / Advanced Business Taxation  

Integrated Audit and Tax Track

Three of the six track courses above  

For students with non-accounting business degrees:

Prerequisites that must be completed at the undergraduate level are:


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

In addition, students must choose two of the following: