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M.S., Forensic Accounting Admissions

Thank you for your interest in The College at Brockport's Master of Science in Forensic Accounting; a degree that will provide you with specialized knowledge in an area of growing demand. We are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) —whose accreditation is the benchmark of quality worldwide and is most widely sought after by business schools. This accreditation places the School amongst the less than five percent of institutions that have earned the achievement worldwide. All of this—combined with our robust alumni network, career support and resources, and our membership in the State University of New York system—enable us to offer students a convenient and exceptional education at an extraordinary value.

Below, please find an overview of our application process and admissions requirements for your review and reference:

Application Process & Special Considerations

  • Complete and submit a graduate application by July 1 for fall semester entrance or by December 1 for spring semester entrance.
  • Criteria for admission will be evaluated within the context of the applicant demonstrating appropriate interest and likelihood of success in completing the degree. The admissions committee will also make the following considerations:
    • Prior work and/or internship experience
    • Applicants with existing professional accounting certifications: Admission requirements have been streamlined for those with a professional certification in accounting.
    • Applicants with graduate-level transfer credit: Up to 12 hours of transfer credit is allowed for appropriate graduate work with a grade of B or higher. Note: All accounting courses must be taken at The College at Brockport.
  • Non-Matriculated Study. Non-matriculated students may take up to nine hours of credit if they meet the prerequisite requirements for courses selected. Students must apply as non-degree students with the Graduate Studies Office.

Admissions Requirements

Baccalaureate degree with at least 120-hours in accounting (or equivalent) and the following required content and minimum credit hours*:

Accounting Coursework*


Principles (6 hours)
Intermediate (6 hours)
Cost or Managerial (3 hours)
Federal Tax Income (3 hours)
Auditing (3 hours)
Other Accounting Coursework (3 hours)

Business Coursework*

Management Information Systems or Accounting Information Systems (3 hours)
Principles of Finance (3 hours)
Principles of Management or Organizational Behavior (3 hours)
Principles of Marketing (3 hours)
Basic Statistics (3 hours)Business Law or Legal Environment of Business (3 hours)
Other Business Coursework (3 hours)

Other Required Coursework*


Micro or Macro Economics (3 hours)
Calculus (3 hours)
Business Writing or Business Communications (1-3 hours)

Additional Requirements*


Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, including Excel and Access.
Minimum grade of C required for undergraduate accounting coursework.
Minimum grade of C- required for undergraduate business-related coursework

 * Students without the required background may need to meet any deficiencies before entering the program and are encouraged to contact the Graduate Advisor in advance of applying.

  • Minimum baccalaureate degree cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • GMAT score. Please note that the GMAT will be waived if:
    • Undergraduate cumulative GPA is 3.25 or higher
    • If you are transferring from another graduate accounting or business program with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and a B or higher in all graduate-level coursework.
    • If you hold any of the following accounting certifications: CPA, CMA, CIA, or CFE.
  • Support documents:
    • Personal statement expressing reasons for application and interest in accounting as an academic discipline and in accounting practice.
    • Resume
    • Two letters of recommendation from those who can assess your potential for success.

For Program Advisement

Dr. Donald Kent, Jr. PhD, CPA, CFE
Graduate Director, Master of Science in Forensic Accounting
108B Hartwell Hall
(585) 395-5521 

For Application and Admissions Procedures

The Graduate School

(585) 395-2525


Last Updated 7/31/14