College of Business > News & Events > Master in Accountancy at DePaul Prepares Leaders
By Andrew Zamorski /
May 13, 2015 /
Posted in: College and Schools, Students /
Darren Guccione (MSA 1996), a technology entrepreneur, serial inventor and the CEO co-founder of Keeper Security, is grateful for all the opportunities that his DePaul University Master of Science in Accountancy degree has afforded him.
Today, Guccione leads business strategy and leadership at Keeper Security, a Chicago-based password and cloud security SAAS application that has doubled its sales in the past year and now has over 7.5 million users.
With a background in industrial and mechanical engineering and lofty goals to innovate and create his own business ventures, Guccione sought a graduate business degree that would provide practical knowledge in both accountancy and business to support his career goals. He found that a MSA degree from DePaul offered "a fully-faceted approach in understanding the mechanics and nuances of a business operation," he says.
"Accounting is deeply integrated into the flow of business operations, and the MSA is absolutely one of the best business degrees you can receive," says Guccione. The degree also offered him proper courses to sit for the CPA exam — which he passed on the first try.
The Masters of Science in Accountancy covers relevant accounting industry knowledge while delivering a solid business education. It differs from an MBA by being more specialized. DePaul's MS program takes a thorough look into the world of accounting and, for students, builds the foundation to excel in today's changing regulatory environment. While earning the MSA degree, students also fulfill the requirements needed to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination.
Employers are impressed with DePaul MS in Accountancy alumni because they know that these graduates have met the state requirements to sit for the CPA exam and have been given everything they need to pass. DePaul MSA graduates achieve some of the highest internship and job placement opportunities in the entire School of Accountancy, with 90 to 95 percent job placement in related fields.