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Program Description

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. ​

Program Features

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.
 

Program Requirements Quarter Hours
Accounting Course Requirements 48
Business Course Requirements (varies with prior coursework) 0-10
Total hours required 48-58

Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • 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.

Degree Requirements

Course Requirements

The Master of Science in Accountancy requires a minimum of 12 courses. 

Accountancy Courses (12 required accounting courses)
 

Course Title Quarter Hours
ACC 500FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING4
ACC 535PRINCIPLES OF ACCOUNTING INFORMATION SYSTEMS4
ACC 541FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING THEORY & PRACTICE I4
ACC 542COST AND MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING4
ACC 543FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING THEORY & PRACTICE II4
ACC 545ADVANCED TOPICS IN ACCOUNTING THEORY4
ACC 547AUDITING I4
ACC 548TAX TREATMENT OF INDIVIDUALS AND PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS4
ACC 550AUDITING II4
ACC 551TAX TREATMENT OF CORPORATIONS AND PARTNERSHIPS4
ACC 552BUSINESS LAW FOR ACCOUNTANTS4
ACC 640ACCOUNTING THEORY AND POLICY FORMULATION4

Business Courses

In addition, students are required to complete the following courses:  

Course Title Quarter Hours
ECO 502ANALYSIS OF BUSINESS CONDITIONS 12
FIN 455PRINCIPLES OF FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT 12
MGT 504FUNDAMENTALS OF OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT 12
GSB 500U.S. BUSINESS CULTURE & PRACTICE 24

Degree Requirements

  1. Satisfactory completion of the 12 required Accountancy Courses and the 4 Business Courses, or equivalent courses, as outlined above. 
  2. Satisfactory completion of at least 48 earned graduate credit hours applicable to the degree (waived courses are not considered earned hours).
  3. Satisfactory completion of the college residency requirement.
  4. 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. ​​