Applications Now Open for Master’s in Accounting at Sy Syms School

The master’s program is the first of a number of planned initiatives that signal a broader scope for Yeshiva's Sy Syms School of Business.

Feb 23, 2009 — This summer, Sy Syms School of Business at Yeshiva University will expand its curriculum to include a master of science in accounting, the first graduate-level program in the school’s 22-year history. Applications are available here.

“We are broadening our vision of the business school,” Dean Michael Ginzberg said. “We have a unique approach to business education that places Jewish values and ethics front and center. We’ll always be dedicated to undergraduate education; now we’re ready to apply our mission to graduate and continuing education for the community at large.”

Dr. Joseph Kerstein, on leave from his position as associate professor of accounting at Baruch College, is currently directing the master’s program. Kerstein holds a PhD from Wharton Business School and an MBA from New York University. The program’s faculty—including senior professors at the school and some yet-to-be-announced, new faculty—hold PhDs and conduct and publish research, qualifications required by the NY State Board of Regents.

The master’s program begins this summer with co-ed classes on the Beren Campus, conveniently located for those working in accounting firms in midtown. It is the first of a number of planned initiatives that signal a broader scope for the school, including an executive master of business administration degree, joint programs with other Yeshiva University professional schools and a full-fledged honors program for the undergraduate school.

“We’re moving into a higher gear with the school’s growth,” said Josh S. Weston, chairman of the Syms Board. “The graduate and professional programs are a critical part of the portfolio for YU’s business school. We felt all of these steps were important to make our graduates that much more competitive.”

Students in the accounting program will have the option to take courses full or part-time but must complete a total of ten courses to earn their degree. In order to accommodate students’ work schedules, two courses will be offered during the summer with four courses offered in each of the fall and spring semesters.

As the dean pointed out, there is an immediate need for the MS in accounting program since effective July 31, New York state will adopt a 150-hour education requirement for graduates in accounting who want to sit for the CPA exam. “Students graduating with just a normal bachelor’s degree will not be eligible to become CPAs without further education,” he said. “We wanted to make sure we are doing everything to help them get qualified.”

For more information, contact Dr. Joseph Kerstein, director of the MS program in accounting, at


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