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Accountancy (MSA)

The nationally ranked Master of Science (MS) in Accountancy is designed to prepare you for a successful career in accounting. Through the program’s challenging and integrated sequence of courses, students become proficient in topics that are tested on the CPA exam and which are relevant to the work of a professional accountant. This program is designed for students who do not have an undergraduate accounting degree. You will gain knowledge and skills in:

  • Financial accounting theory and practice
  • Taxation of individuals and corporations
  • Business law
  • Audit and regulation
  • Accounting information systems
  • Government and non-profit accounting
  • Managerial accounting
  • Accounting policy formulation


Faculty expertise and experience. DePaul’s accounting faculty members bring a wealth of expertise into the classroom as nationally and internationally known scholars with extensive experience in accounting graduate education and accounting practice.

World-class Business Connections. DePaul’s location in the heart of Chicago’s financial and business district gives students access to employers at top companies, including international accounting and consulting firms.

Strong alumni network. The alumni of DePaul’s accounting programs form one of the largest accounting and tax networks in Chicagoland—giving students unparalleled access to career opportunities and networking.

Online learning. Although all classes are offered in a face-to-face format, the program also can be completed partially or entirely online. The online classes allow students complete access to the program’s comprehensive accounting curriculum.

Career Outlook

Graduates have strong internship and job placement opportunities during, and immediately following, degree completion. More than 91 percent of students are in an accounting, tax or audit-related career track at the time of graduation. Graduates have gone on to work at major accounting firms such as KPMG, Deloitte, PwC, EY, Grant Thornton and RSM; as well as industry, corporate accounting, non-profit accounting and government positions.​

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