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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.
|Program Requirements||Quarter Hours|
|Accounting Course Requirements||48|
|Business Course Requirements (varies with prior coursework)||0-10|
|Total hours required||48-58|
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.
The Master of Science in Accountancy requires a minimum of 12 courses.
Accountancy Courses (12 required accounting courses)
|ACC 500||FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING||4|
|ACC 535||PRINCIPLES OF ACCOUNTING INFORMATION SYSTEMS||4|
|ACC 541||FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING THEORY & PRACTICE I||4|
|ACC 542||COST AND MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING||4|
|ACC 543||FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING THEORY & PRACTICE II||4|
|ACC 545||ADVANCED TOPICS IN ACCOUNTING THEORY||4|
|ACC 547||AUDITING I||4|
|ACC 548||TAX TREATMENT OF INDIVIDUALS AND PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS||4|
|ACC 550||AUDITING II||4|
|ACC 551||TAX TREATMENT OF CORPORATIONS AND PARTNERSHIPS||4|
|ACC 552||BUSINESS LAW FOR ACCOUNTANTS||4|
|ACC 640||ACCOUNTING THEORY AND POLICY FORMULATION||4|
In addition, students are required to complete the following courses:
|ECO 502||ANALYSIS OF BUSINESS CONDITIONS 1||2|
|FIN 455||PRINCIPLES OF FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT 1||2|
|MGT 504||FUNDAMENTALS OF OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT 1||2|
|GSB 500||U.S. BUSINESS CULTURE & PRACTICE 2||4|
May be waived for students with a prior business degree or equivalent course work.
Required for international students and may be waived for those students with a prior U.S. degree.
- Satisfactory completion of the 12 required Accountancy Courses and the 4 Business Courses, or equivalent 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.