The MS in Accounting and Fundamental Analysis is a full-time program designed to help you start achieving your career potential immediately. Our boutique-program approach features deep immersion into specialized coursework as part of a tight, selective, and well-networked community – all designed to fast track your career.

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The Ideal Candidate

Master of Science in Accounting and Fundamental Analysis students are indistinguishable from Accounting PhD candidates in their intellectual ability and academic credentials. Nevertheless, these students differ from typical doctoral students on two key dimensions: they do not necessarily aspire to an academic career, and they do not wish to commit to a four to six-year course of study. Work experience, while not required, is highly desirable.

The typical student has an undergraduate business or economics background and will have completed basic financial accounting and managerial accounting courses. Students who do not have formal coursework in accounting are sometimes admitted, but that is fairly atypical.

Admission Events

Join us virtually to learn more about the MSAFA program and the Columbia Business School community. We host several online events including student and alumni panels, info sessions, small group chats with our admissions team, and more. Please complete our Stay in Touch form for information on upcoming webinars, information sessions, deadlines, and general information.

Application Materials

To be considered for the program, the following are required: A brief personal statement, a resume or CV, a minimum of two letters of recommendation, and test scores (GMAT or GRE, an TOEFFL/IELTS/PET for international students). For more detailed information about the application process, please see application requirements.

There is a nonrefundable application fee of U.S. $100. Fee waivers are available to active duty US military personnel, and members of the Peace Corps, Teach for America, Teach for China, or Teach for India who are currently in service. Proof of current service is required. Applicants who qualify for a fee waiver should email a fee waiver request with proof of service. Applications will be reviewed after all materials have been submitted and the application fee paid.


The 2022 MS in Accounting and Fundamental Analysis application deadline is 1/21/22. The application for fall 2023 is tentatively set to open on August 1st and close on January 21st at 11:59 p.m. EST. Decisions are typically rendered in March and April, if not earlier.

To learn more about the admission process, visit the application requirements page. Please do not hesitate to contact us with additional questions.