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The Master of Science in Audit and Advisory Services (MSAA) provides students with advanced auditing skills and prepares them to succeed as accountants at both public accounting firms and corporate internal audit departments. Students received hands-on training with audit tools, visualization techniques and data analytics. The program also uses forensic accounting to prepare students to understand what questions to ask about financial data and how to interpret the findings. Students graduate with a set of integrated competencies that are highly valued by the accounting profession.
The program is intended for students with a prior degree in accounting. It offers a unique opportunity to earn a graduate degree while also fulfilling the extra credit hours needed to quality for the CPA exam.
Comprehensive curriculum. The program’s integrated curriculum focuses on areas that are in high demand across accounting profession sectors, including internal audit, data analytics, fraud and forensic accounting, and information systems.
Case-based coursework. Students gain advanced, practical skills for workplace application by learning in a case-based setting and working with audit systems used by accounting professionals.
Professional input. The program’s core competencies are based on insights from top-ranking members of the auditing and accounting profession. Students are prepared with skills that are highly regarded by firms and corporations.
Recognized as a top school. DePaul’s accounting program is recognized by the Institute of Internal Auditors Internal Auditing Education Partnership Program as a comprehensive-level school for internal audit education—making DePaul one of only 15 schools in the United States recognized with this distinction.
|Program Requirements||Quarter Hours|
|Total hours required||48|
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.
Twelve courses are required to complete the Master of Science in Audit and Advisory Services (MSAA) degree. Of the twelve required courses, nine are required and three are selected from among business electives. Students may not repeat at the graduate level course material that was completed as part of their undergraduate degree. Please consult with an academic advisor for clarification.
Students must complete the following nine required courses (36 hrs):
|ACC 535||PRINCIPLES OF ACCOUNTING INFORMATION SYSTEMS||4|
|ACC 615||APPLIED STATISTICS FOR ACCOUNTANTS||4|
|ACC 635||PRINCIPLES OF FORENSIC ACCOUNTING||4|
|ACC 636||INTERNAL AUDITING, CORPORATE GOVERNANCE AND INTERNAL CONTROL||4|
|ACC 637||DATA MINING AND ANALYTICS||4|
|ACC 638||ADVANCED IT AUDITING||4|
|ACC 639||AUDIT ANALYTICS||4|
|ACC 645||FORENSIC AND INVESTIGATIVE ACCOUNTING||4|
|ACC 646||FORENSIC FINANCIAL STATEMENT ANALYSIS AND VALUATION||4|
In addition, students must complete three open business electives (12 hrs).
Note: The following classes may not be taken for elective credit:
|LANGUAGE AND BUSINESS CULTURE|
|FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING THEORY & PRACTICE I|
|COST AND MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING|
|FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING THEORY & PRACTICE II|
|ADVANCED TOPICS IN ACCOUNTING THEORY|
|TAX TREATMENT OF INDIVIDUALS AND PROPERTY TRANSACTIONS|
|TAX TREATMENT OF CORPORATIONS AND PARTNERSHIPS|
|MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING AND CONTROL|
|MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTING FOR DECISION-MAKING|
|ACCOUNTING THEORY AND POLICY FORMULATION|
|SELECTED TOPICS IN MACROECONOMICS|
|PRINCIPLES OF FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT|
|FUNDAMENTAL OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT|
- Satisfactory completion of the 9 required courses and 3 required electives as approved by the faculty program director.
- A minimum of 48 earned graduate credit hours applicable to the MSAA degree (waived credits are not considered earned hours).
- Satisfactory completion of the college residency requirement.
- All courses taken 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 permission of the faculty program director or the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business.