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Accountancy (MSA)
Accountancy (MSA)
Accountancy (MSA)

Become an accounting professional

Our nationally ranked Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) will prepare you to be a proficient, industry-ready accountant. If you’re looking to sit for the CPA exam or transition into professional accounting, but don’t have an undergraduate accountancy degree, this program is for you. With a master’s in Accountancy from DePaul, you’ll gain a solid understanding of a variety of business disciplines and their relationships to accounting issues.

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Online Degree Option

The online Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) from DePaul’s Kellstadt Graduate School of Business offers small class sizes and is taught by the same award-winning faculty you'll find on campus. Tailored to meet the needs of your busy schedule, you'll achieve the same learning outcomes as in-person classes through collaborative and engaged learning.

Study in the center of Chicago’s business district

You’ll be in the heart of Chicago’s financial and business district on our Loop Campus. Our proximity gives you access to employers at top companies, including international accounting and consulting firms like PwC, KPMG, EY, Grant Thornton and RSM—just steps from campus.

Application Deadlines

Enrollment Quarter Domestic Student Deadline International Student Deadline
Fall August 15 June 15
Winter December 1 October 15
Spring March 1 January 15
Summer June 1 April 15

Admission Requirements

Submit an online application, essay, résumé and official transcripts.

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Required Courses

You’ll take twelve accounting courses: eight required and four electives.​

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of Accountancy graduates were employed, continuing their education or pursuing other goals within six months of graduation.


The median salary for Accountancy graduates was $62,250.

Gain a new perspective from distinctive faculty

The faculty in the MSA program understand their responsibility to prepare students for the demands of a professional career in the field of Accountancy. Mark Alford, a senior professional lecturer, has been Director of the Program for more than ten years. He teaches the capstone course in the Program. Dr. Alford’s research interests include financial accounting reporting, accounting education and more recently, balance sheet and earnings management in the property and casualty insurance industry.

“Because of my degree, I have the technical knowledge to perform essential functions as well as the resourcefulness to find solutions to challenges. The network and reputation of DePaul is extremely useful and provided the confidence to know that I could actually do what was required for my position.”

Kate (MS ’15)

Senior Accounting Analyst, Kraft Heinz
Kate, DePaul Accountancy MS alumna  

Alumni Network

In addition to the wider network of Kellstadt alumni, the School of Accountancy & MIS alumni society—Ledger & Quill—is one of the largest accounting alumni groups in the nation. You’ll benefit from the network, which reaches to the top ranks of corporations, public accounting firms, education and government.


Graduate school is an investment in your future. Kellstadt awarded more than $3 million to incoming students last year. Additionally, the giving society of the School of Accountancy & MIS gives approximately $25k annually to students pursuing their master’s in Accountancy, Taxation, or Audit and Advisory Services. Learn more about scholarship opportunities available to you.

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Contact Information

For more information about applying, contact the Kellstadt office at (312) 362-8810 or

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