The nationally ranked Master of Science (MS) in Accountancy is intended for students who do not have an undergraduate accounting degree and wish to pursue a career in accountancy. Through the program’s challenging and integrated sequence of courses, students become proficient in topics that are relevant to the work of a professional accountant. Students also gain a solid understanding of other business disciplines and their relationship to accounting issues.
Faculty expertise and experience. Bringing both theory and practice into the classroom, DePaul’s accountancy faculty includes distinguished scholars and professionals who have served as internal auditors, team managers, chief financial officers, controllers and partners in accounting firms.
Location. DePaul’s location in the heart of Chicago’s financial and business community gives students access to employers at top companies, including international accounting and consulting firms.
Strong alumni network. The alumni of DePaul’s graduate and undergraduate accounting programs form one of the largest accounting and tax networks in the Chicago area, providing unparalleled access to career opportunities and networking.
Online learning. The program can be completed entirely online, a benefit for students who seek a flexible schedule or do not live in the area. The online option provides full access to the MS in Accountancy’s comprehensive curriculum through video lectures and course materials presented in a convenient, supportive and engaging online format.
|Accounting Course Requirements
|Total hours required
- Exhibit sophisticated knowledge of accounting, auditing, and tax standards and regulations.
- Understand and critically analyze the regulatory and ethical standards within an accounting context.
- Demonstrate an understanding of global business issues in general and international accounting standards in particular.
- Understand and analyze new and emerging and/or critical accounting issues.
- Understand the role of segregation of duties and personnel control plans and will be able to analyze internal controls and design processes that can prevent fraud.
- Independently design and carry out research using online databases to resolve accounting issues.
- Write and speak about current accounting issues to peers, practitioners, and the public.
- Understand and apply technology and data analytics in a accounting and auditing environment.
The Master of Science in Accountancy requires a minimum of 12 courses.
Core Accountancy Courses (8 required accounting courses)
|PRINCIPLES OF ACCOUNTING INFORMATION SYSTEMS
|FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING THEORY & PRACTICE I
|FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING THEORY & PRACTICE II
|ADVANCED TOPICS IN ACCOUNTING THEORY
|TAX TREATMENT OF INDIVIDUALS AND PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS
|TAX TREATMENT OF CORPORATIONS AND PARTNERSHIPS
Elective Courses (4 required accounting courses)
|COST AND MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING
|ADVANCED TOPICS IN ACCOUNTING THEORY II
|FORENSIC FINANCIAL STATEMENT ANALYSIS AND VALUATION
|INTERNAL AUDITING, CORPORATE GOVERNANCE AND INTERNAL CONTROL
|TAXATION OF CORPORATIONS AND SHAREHOLDERS
|TAX ACCOUNTING, PERIODS, AND METHODS
|APPLIED STATISTICS FOR ACCOUNTANTS
|INTRODUCTION TO FRAUD EXAMINATION
|DATA MINING AND ANALYTICS
|BUSINESS LAW FOR ACCOUNTANTS
- Satisfactory completion of 12 required Accountancy Courses as outlined above.
- Satisfactory completion of at least 48 earned graduate credit hours applicable to the degree (waived courses are not considered earned hours).
- Satisfactory completion of the college residency requirement.
- All courses for credit toward the degree must be completed with satisfactory grades within six calendar years after the candidate’s first term of enrollment in the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business. After a lapse of six years a course is expired. An expired course is not acceptable for the purpose of satisfaction of degree requirements and is not applicable to the degree without the written permission of the program director or the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business.