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Frequently Asked Questions

At Utica College, it's our goal to make finding answers to your questions effortless. Below are a number of frequently asked questions about our online Master of Science in Accounting. If you have a question that's not listed below, call 315-732-2640 or 866-295-3106 toll-free to speak with a program manager.


  1. Is Utica College accredited?
    Yes. The Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, 3624 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19104-2680, (215) 662-5606, accredits Utica College.

    This level of accreditation, commonly referred to as regional accreditation, is the most widely accepted form of accreditation in the United States.


  2. How long will it take to complete the program?
    The length of your program will vary based on your prior education background and how many credits you need to graduate. In addition, the number of courses you can take each term will impact the length of time it takes to complete the program.


  3. What career services do you offer?
    The faculty, including your academic advisor, are experts in the industry and can assist you as you explore the job market. Your fellow students, who are located throughout the country and working in a variety of industry-related professions, also serve as a great resource.


  4. Can I transfer in credits?
    Utica College accepts transfer credits from other regionally accredited schools depending on the applicability to the UC curriculum and amount of credits you've completed. A detailed, course-by-course evaluation of your prior earned credits is completed as part of the admissions process.


  5. What is the online student experience like?
    Learning online gives you the flexibility to study anywhere and at anytime you please.

    We recognize our students lead busy, fulfilling lives and don't want to pause their current career and family or community commitments to advance their education. Our programs are designed to fit your lifestyle.

    Plus, you'll receive support from fellow students and one-on-one mentorship from your professors, so even if you're learning solo, you're never alone in your journey.

    Here are several resources that provide tips, examples, and first-hand feedback on the online student experience at Utica College:

    A Program Manager can provide additional resources.


  6. Is there an internship?
    No, not for this program.


  7. How much time will I need to dedicate to school each week?
    On average, you should expect to minimally dedicate 12–15 hours per week, per course. The rigor and expectations for campus and online instruction are the same.


  8. What is the online environment like?
    Utica College delivers online courses through Engage—an online course management system. Engage allows students and faculty to communicate and share vital course information.

    You can securely access your courses anytime, anywhere by logging in with your username and password. All online courses are supported by 24x7 technical assistance.


  9. Are textbooks required?
    Yes. Students enrolled in the Master of Science in Accounting at Utica College purchase textbooks via our online bookstore. UC will ship the books to your home so that you have them in time for the start of class. Students can also purchase textbooks and supplemental materials on their own as long as they obtain all of the materials necessary for them to complete their assigned work.


  10. Is Utica College a Military Friendly/Yellow Ribbon School?
    Yes. We are honored to have been named one of America's Military-Friendly Schools by G.I. Jobs magazine each year since 2010.

    Utica College is approved for both the Montgomery and Post 9/11 GI Bills and is a participant in the Yellow Ribbon program. We also offer an additional 10-percent tuition discount on our online programs for service members and spouses of Active Duty, Reserve, and Guard members.

    Have more questions? Please call 315-732-2640 or toll-free 866-295-3106 to speak with a Program Manager.


  11. How long will it take to complete the M.S. in Accounting?
    The program is designed to be completed in just two years at a part-time pace, but you can take up to five years so that it fits seamlessly into your life.


  12. What is the career outlook for graduates with an M.S. in Accounting?
    According to the U.S. Bureau of Statistics, job opportunities for Accountants and Auditors are expected to increase by 10 percent between 2016 and 2026—much faster than the national average.

    To learn more about salaries and other jobs you could qualify for, visit our M.S. in Accounting career outlook page.


  13. Do I need to have a bachelor's degree in accounting?
    No. Students typically have either a B.S. in Accounting or a business degree with an accounting focus, but a bachelor's degree in any area is acceptable as long as the course prerequisites below are met:

    • :: Students must have completed at least 30 credit hours in business courses, including microeconomics, statistics, and finance.
    • :: Students must also have completed at least 18 credit hours in accounting, including Intermediate Accounting I and II, a tax accounting course, and an auditing course.

    Learn more about our admissions requirements.


  14. How much will it cost to complete my degree?
    The M.S. in Accounting is a 30-credit-hour program offered at $775 per credit for a total estimated tuition of $23,250.


  15. Is this a full- or part-time program?
    It's up to you. You can take this program as a full- or part-time student. Online students taking six credits or more per semester are considered full time.


  16. Which classes are required to complete the program?
    The M.S. in Accounting curriculum consists of 18 accounting credits, three finance credits, three quantitative analysis credits, and six elective credits. To learn more about the specific courses and your elective options, visit our curriculum page.


  17. Can I transfer credits?
    Yes, you can transfer up to 6 credits.

    Transfer credit is awarded for all courses taken at a regionally accredited college that are equivalent to those taught at Utica College and for which you received a grade of "B" or better. Note that we require official transcripts from all colleges you've attended, as well as a transcript showing the degree awarded.

    Shortly after you receive your letter of admission, you will receive an evaluation of your transfer credits from the Registrar's Office. If you want to ensure your credits will be accepted ahead of time, use TES® (Transfer Evaluation System).


  18. Why is Utica College my best choice for this program?
    The online Master of Science in Accounting is designed with the real-world competencies you need to be competitive in today's job market. Taught by experts in the field, this program will provide you with industry insights you can't get anywhere else.


  19. What are the admissions requirements?
    In order to enroll, you must have completed at least 30 credits of business courses, including microeconomics, statistics, and finance, as well as 18 credits of accounting courses, including Intermediate Accounting I and II, tax accounting, and auditing.

    View the full admissions requirements here.


  20. When is the application deadline and how do I get started?
    You can apply right now using our online application form! We accept applications throughout the year for enrollment into our spring, summer, and fall terms.

    Contact an admissions program manager to discuss term starts and deadlines to complete your application materials.



Build your skills in this vital field with Utica College's Online Master's in Accounting degree. Fill out the information form or call us at 315-732-2640 or toll-free at 866-295-3106 to speak with a program manager today.