Five-Year Combined B.S/M.S. in Accounting

Combined B.S./M.S. in Accounting is available for currently enrolled Caldwell University undergraduate accounting students. When accounting majors have achieved junior status (60+ credits) and have achieved a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, they may request admission into the M.S. in Accounting program. Once admitted to the master’s program, the student takes a combination of undergraduate courses and graduate courses during the fourth year. Two graduate level courses (BU 520 Advanced Business Strategy and BU 525 Advanced Auditing) will be taken during the fourth year. The Kapusinski Ethical Business Strategy and Auditing core undergraduate courses required for a B.S. in Accounting will be waived. These six credits for graduate level courses will count towards both the student’s 120 credit hours required for the undergraduate B.S. in Accounting as well as towards the 30 credit hours required for the M.S. in Accounting. The bachelor’s degree will be awarded upon completion of the requirements for this degree. During the fifth year, the student exclusively takes 24 credit hours of core and elective graduate courses required for the M.S. in Accounting. After successfully completing the remaining 24 credit hours, the student will receive an M.S. in Accounting.

Credit hr requirements for combined B.S./M.S. in AccountingAdmission requirements for combined B.S./M.S. in Accounting
B.S. in Accounting Credit Hour Requirement
(Includes 6 Graduate Credit Hours)
        120 credits
M.S. in Accounting Foundation Courses         (6 credits)*
M.S. in Accounting Courses         30 credits
Total Combined B.S./M.S. in Accounting Credit Hours      150 credits

Students pursuing CPA (Certified Public Accountant) licensure in New Jersey are required to fulfill 150 credit hours of appropriate education.

*The M.S. in Accounting foundation (2) courses are completed during the senior year and apply to both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees. 

  • Junior status by completing a minimum of 60 credit hours and an overall GPA of 3.0 in the Accounting major.
  • Completion of a minimum of 12 credit hours of business courses at Caldwell University with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in those courses. 
  • A Division of Business Administration faculty member recommendation and sponsorship. 
  • The GMAT requirement will be waived for current undergraduate candidates.  

NOTE: See Graduate Catalog for a list of the courses required for the M.B.A.