Admissions Requirements


The Old Westbury Taxation is configured for students who will previously have completed the requirements for a B.S. in Accounting. The undergraduate degree must include courses in Accounting  including: Cost Accounting, Federal Income Taxation, Advanced Accounting (with gov’t & not for profit coverage), Auditing, Commercial Law (6 credits), Business Statistics (3 credits), Calculus (3 credits), Financial Management, Macro & Micro Economics (6 credits), Business Communications (2 credits), and Business Electives as well as the usual complement of general education and liberal arts courses.

If the student holds an undergraduate degree in a discipline other than accounting, additional accounting and business prerequisites may be required before acceptance to the program.

Requirements for Applicants

  • Completion of a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science or BBA degree. Those with degrees in areas other than Accounting or its equivalent may have to complete additional undergraduate prerequisites.
  • An official GMAT Examination score taken within the last 5 years (see GMAT waiver below).
  • All official college transcripts (admission is based on a review of the combination of cumulative undergraduate Grade Point Average and GMAT score).
  • Two letters of reference (professional or academic)
  • An essay about the applicant’s career goals and a self-assessment of their strengths.
  • A $50 application fee.

GMAT Waivers are only granted in the following circumstances:

  • Have passed all four parts of the CPA examination at time of application.
  • Are a Licensed attorney (admitted to the Bar).
  • Awarded an MBA or master’s degree in a business related degree.
  • Are a Chartered Financial Analyst holding a bachelor’s degree.
  • Have an undergraduate degree in Accounting or an undergraduate degree in Business with at least 24 credits in accounting (including auditing) and have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 overall and in accounting courses (GPA to be considered will be cumulative for all undergraduate institutions attended.

Note: A GMAT waiver may apply to students applying for the BS/MS Program (see the School of Business section in the Old Westbury Undergraduate Catalog for further information on this program) if a current Old Westbury undergraduate student has an Old Westbury cumulative GPA of 3.50 or above, and a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or above for all Accounting courses (including Intermediate Accounting I) taken at all colleges.

Acceptance decisions are made by the Graduate Business Admissions Committee based upon the above materials submitted with the application.

Application Deadline

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Applications will be reviewed as a student's application file is completed. Students will be admitted on a rolling basis with classes filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Tuition & Fees

Graduate program tuition* at SUNY Old Westbury is:

  • $462per credit for New York State residents
  • $944 per credit for Out-of-State students

*Tuition is subject to change at the discretion of the SUNY Board of Trustees

Visit the Tuition and Fees section of the SUNY Old Westbury website for complete information on costs for this and other programs. 

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Note: The Old Westbury Master of Science program in Accounting is intended to qualify a graduate for licensure as a Certified Public Accounting after passing the Uniform CPA Exam.  Questions on the licensing application require disclosure of prior felony and misdemeanor convictions (including please of guilty, no contest, or nolo contendere, prior professional licensing issues, charges of professional misconduct, and child support obligations.  This may become an issue in obtaining a license as a Certified Public Accountant.