Seton Hall launches master’s program in professional accounting and analytics

Seton Hall University’s Stillman School of Business has launched a master’s program in professional accounting and analytics designed primarily for recent graduates with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

The South Orange-based higher education institution said Tuesday that the program will also serve experienced accounting professionals seeking to bolster their capabilities in this evolving field.

Comprising of 30 credits, students with a bachelor’s degree in accounting can choose to attend evening classes in person or join remotely as a means to meet the 150-hour educational requirement for the sought-after Certified Public Accountant credential.

The MSPAA curriculum includes accounting and analytics courses such as Big Data and Business Impact, Enterprise-Wide Accounting Information Systems, and Introduction to Data Analytics/Business Intelligence. Additionally, students will explore topics such as in-depth analytics and accounting/tax research. The program also offers elective courses, including the option for graduate internships.

“While we’ve always been proud of our accounting programs at Seton Hall, the MSPAA program represents a significant step forward in preparing our students for the demands of today’s accounting profession, which requires a deeper understanding of data analysis and applications,” Joyce Strawser, dean of the Stillman School of Business, said.

Stillman stands as being the only school in northern New Jersey with both business and accounting accreditation from AACSB International, an international seal of approval that ensures schools meet the highest academic standards.

With small class sizes and personalized academic and career advising, graduates of Stillman’s programs have consistently found success in securing positions with the Big Four global accounting firms, national accounting firms, regional accounting firms and Fortune 500 companies.

Mark Holtzman, associate professor and chair of the Department of Accounting and Taxation, said: “To develop this program, we worked with our stakeholders to identify the skills that accountants are going to need in the coming decades. Then, in cooperation with our colleagues throughout the Stillman School, we curated a collection of courses in accounting, IT systems and data analytics. Our graduates will be well prepared for a future career that will be driven by change management.”