M.S. in Accounting

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Master of Science in Accounting

With a Master of Science in Accounting, you’ll gain advanced knowledge in taxation, cost accounting, capital management, money and banking that will make you more competitive as you enter the business world. This degree will help prepare and equip you to sit for the rigorous CPA exam. Undergraduate students can combine this program with their accounting bachelor’s to be prepared to sit for the CPA exam upon completion.

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Accounting, joint B.S./M.S.

What you'll study

Advanced taxation, advanced auditing, accounting research, corporate financial management, economics and the legal environment.

What you can do

Become an accountant, a financial analyst, a controller, a tax examiner or a financial advisor.

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Students have interned at:

  • ADP management services company
  • Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G)
  • Private and public companies
  • Nonprofits
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Fast Facts

  • Employment of accountants and auditors is projected to grow 11 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average. As the economy grows, more workers should be needed to prepare and examine financial records. (Source: bls.gov)
  • Classes for the M.S. in Accounting are taught in a rigorous yet informal seminar format that encourages collaboration between and among the faculty and students. The small size of the program allows for a supportive environment that promotes student success.
  • This ten-course cohort program is designed to be completed in two academic years with courses being offered year-round.
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You could be ...

  • An accountant or auditor: Median pay $68,150 per year. Accountants and auditors prepare and examine financial records. They ensure that financial records are accurate and that taxes are paid properly and on time.
  • A tax examiner: Median pay $52,060 per year. Tax examiners and collectors and revenue agents ensure that federal, state and local governments get their tax money from businesses and individuals. They review tax returns, conduct audits, identify taxes owed and collect overdue tax payments.
  • A financial analyst: Median pay $81,760 per year. Financial analysts provide guidance to businesses and individuals about money and investment decisions.
  • A financial manager: Median pay $121,750 per year. Financial managers are responsible for the financial health of an organization. They produce financial reports, direct investment activities, and develop strategies and plans for the long-term financial goals of their organization.
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Contact Information

Peter DeSarno, CPA, MBA, MS
Peter DeSarno, CPA
Assistant Professor, Coordinator of Accounting
Year Joined: 2021
  • B.S.,
    Rutgers University
  • M.B.A., M.S.,
    Seton Hall University
Phone: 973-748-9000 ext. 1379
Office: 53 Fremont Street, Room 6

Professor DeSarno has a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Accounting from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. He also holds two Masters Degrees, a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) as well as a Masters of Science (MS) in Financial Planning from Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and an active member of both the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJCPA) as well as the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).

Professor DeSarno began his career as an Auditor with the Big4 Public Accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche. During his accomplished 25 year accounting career, he worked in Controllership functions with a number of organizations (both public and private) including with companies such as AT&T and the McDonalds Corporation where he served as the New York Metro Regional Controller. He also has experience serving as a Controller in the non-profit sector with the NJ Sharing Network.

Professor DeSarno’s professional experience includes: managing all aspects of the accounting function, month & year end accounting close as well as performing and coordinating the annual financial audit. He has significant experience in financial reporting, analysis, budgeting and forecasting as well as implementing effective accounting processes, procedures, internal controls and strategy.

Today, Professor DeSarno has followed his passion for teaching and serves as both an Assistant Professor and the Coordinator of Accounting in the Division of Business at Bloomfield College. Prior to coming to Bloomfield College, Professor DeSarno taught as an Adjunct Professor in the evenings at both Fairleigh Dickinson University and the County College of Morris. 

As a highly seasoned business professional, Professor DeSarno provides his students with dynamic lessons and a learning experience that leverages his extensive professional knowledge and wealth of accounting and business expertise. He also shares this valuable insight with his students as both an Advisor as well as in his active leadership of the Bloomfield College Business Students Association (BSA) which he was instrumental in founding.

In addition to teaching all levels (from introductory to the capstone course) in the Accounting curriculum, Professor DeSarno has also developed and taught original course content in the area of Franchising and Entrepreneurship. In this highly relevant and compelling course offering, Professor DeSarno leverages over 10 years of experience in the franchise industry where he worked with and guided countless entrepreneurs. Specifically, he has experience serving in the capacity as both a CFO for a large Dunkin Donut multi-unit franchisee network as well as serving as the New York Metro Regional Controller with the McDonald’s Corporation (a geography of over 600 restaurants and 100 franchisees). 

Professor DeSarno also enjoys and finds it rewarding to serve on a number of boards & committees where he shares his accounting and finance expertise. This includes serving as the faculty representative to the Bloomfield College Financial Affairs & Capital Projects Committee. In addition, as a grateful double cornea transplant recipient, Professor DeSarno is proud to serve on the Advisory Board of Eversight (which is an organization whose mission is to restore sight and prevent blindness through the healing power of donation, transplantation and research). Professor DeSarno also volunteers with a number of organizations and is an active member of the Lions Club in his community. Due to his level of service and volunteerism, he was named a past recipient of the Volunteer Award which is awarded by the New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants (NJCPA) for dedicated service to worthy causes and making a significant difference in the community.

Subject(s): Accounting, MS in Accounting
Academic Committee(s): Financial Affairs & Capital Projects Board

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