Program Description

The online Master of Science in Accountancy offers students without an undergraduate accounting degree the chance to obtain the competencies, skills and abilities necessary for an accounting career. The program provides students with:

  • A formal integrated sequence of courses that emphasize topics relevant to the work of a professional accountant, including the competencies required for successful preparation for the CPA Examination, and 
  • A core of business classes that allow you to understand other business disciplines and their relationship to accounting issues.   

Alumni of the School of Accountancy and Management Information Systems form one of the largest accounting networks nationwide. The school’s full-time faculty includes nationally and internationally known scholars, research, and teachers.

Online Program Features

Flexibility. The primary feature of the online MSA is the flexible class structure. In this program, you can study at your own pace—any hour of the day, from any place in the world with Internet access. The content is modular, with video lectures, online quizzes, online exams and rich discussion. And you have the ongoing opportunity to revisit material as much as you need for comprehensive learning.

Outstanding Faculty. Courses are taught by top-ranked faculty with a commitment to teaching excellence and innovation. Our faculty include former and current high-level working professionals from a network of accounting firms. In addition, instructors are available for direct feedback and help with content.

Content Rich Curriculum. The program will prepare you for a career in accounting by providing a formal integrated sequence of courses which emphasize topics that are relevant to the work of a professional accountant, including the competencies required for successful preparation for the CPA Exam.

Degree Requirements

The degree requires 12 courses (48 credits) for students with an undergraduate business degree and 16 courses (64 credits) for students without an undergraduate business degree.

Core Courses

  • ACC 535 Accounting Information Systems
  • ACC 541 Financial Accounting Theory & Practice I
  • ACC 542 Cost and Managerial Accounting I
  • ACC 543 Financial Accounting Theory & Practice II
  • ACC 545 Advanced Topics in Accounting Theory
  • ACC 547 Audit and Regulation of Corporate Financial Planning
  • ACC 548 Tax Treatment of Individuals and Property Transactions
  • ACC 550 Advanced Topics in Auditing
  • ACC 551 Tax Treatment of Corporations and Partnerships
  • ACC 552 Legal and Ethical Environment of Accounting Practice
  • ACC 640 Accounting Theory and Policy Formulation
  • Accounting elective

Business Core*

  • ACC 500 Financial Accounting
  • ECO 501 Concepts of Micro and Macro Economics
  • FIN 455 Principles of Financial Management
  • MGT 798 Project and Operations Management 

In addition to the previously listed courses, students also will complete one approved four-credit elective during any quarter from current course offerings.

*These classes may be waived based on previous course work completed.

Course Schedule

Classes are scheduled in a specific sequence to allow completion of the program within two years.

In the online program, students begin in the summer quarter or the autumn quarter. Students without an undergraduate business degree must begin with ACC 500 Financial Accounting in the summer quarter. Students with an undergraduate business degree may begin in the fall quarter. 

 
Year ​Quarter ​Course
1 Summer ACC 500 Financial Accounting*
  Fall ​ACC 541 Financial Accounting Theory and Practice I
ACC 552 Legal and Ethical Environment of Accounting Practice
  ​Winter ​ACC 543 Financial Accounting Theory and Practice II
ACC 548 Tax Treatment of Individuals and Property Transactions
  Spring ACC 542 Cost and Managerial Accounting I
ACC 551 Tax Treatment of Corporations and Partnerships
2 Summer FIN 798 Principles of Financial Management*
ECO 501 Concepts of Micro and Macro Economics*
  Fall ACC 545 Advanced Topics in Accounting Theory
MGT 798 Project and Operations Management*
  ​Winter ACC 547 Audit and Regulation of Corporate Financial Planning
ACC 535 Accounting Information Systems
  Spring ACC 550 Advanced Topics in Auditing
ACC 640 Accounting Theory and Policy Formulation

*These classes may be waived based on previous course work completed.

In addition to the previously listed courses, students also will complete one approved 4.0 credit elective during any quarter from current course offerings.

Other Information

Frequently Asked Questions

How do online classes work?test

Classes are taught in an asynchronous fashion. Asynchronous means you will not have to be online at a specific time. You can progress through weekly content at your own pace. However, there will be weekly deadlines and assignments to complete. Coursework typically includes a combination of video lectures, online homework or quizzes, examinations, documents such as Word files or Excel worksheets, chapter materials, PowerPoint presentations, screen narratives and more.

How much time do online courses require?test

Online courses take at least the same amount of time as face-to-face classes. The convenience of being able to choose when you spend those hours is the big advantage, but time commitment is still an important factor. The best way to succeed in an online course is to log on several times a week to view and follow the content.

Is the online MSA an accredited program?test

Yes, the program is accredited by the AACSB. The program is also taught by the same faculty who teach classes in person. These faculty members bring in years of experience to help you achieve your goals.​

What are the technology requirements for online courses?test

You will need frequent access to a computer that connects to the Internet, a working e-mail account that you check regularly (and that is updated in Campus Connect), access to Microsoft Office, and the ability to view video files.

How do I get my Campus Connect user name and password?test

Campus Connect login information is included in your graduate admission packet. If you lose the information, you may contact the Technology Support Center at +1 312-362-8765 to request a password reset.

What are the admission requirements for this program?test

​General admission requirements are a completed online application form, application fee, resume, official transcripts from each college attended, two essay questions, two letters of recommendation, GMAT score, TOEFL/IELTS score (for non-native English speakers), and external evaluation of transcripts (for applicants with international credits).Please reference the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business’s admission requirements.​

Where can I find my username and password for my D2L?test

Your username and password for Campus Connect are the same for D2L.

Are professors available to answer my questions as I study?test

​Yes, courses on D2L (the online learning management system) has discussion boards and the professors are also available by email.​

Why don't I see my courses listed in D2L?test

Courses usually appear within 1-2 weeks before the start of the quarter. You may contact your professor to find out if the course has been made available.

What is the cost of the program?test

Please reference our tuition page for the current tuition rate per credit hour. Students with a bachelor’s degree in business complete the MSA with 48 credits. Students without a bachelor’s degree in business complete the MSA with 64 credits.​​

I am not receiving emails from my professor. What should I do?test

Check your default email address by going to Campus Connect > Self Service > Personal Information. The default email address is automatically used by D2L to send and receive emails.

I am an international student. Can I obtain a student visa if admitted to the online MSA?test

No. Visas are only provided for students who are studying on campus. International stud​ents may pursue the online MSA through their home country.​​

Where do I get my textbooks?test

Textbooks for online sections are available through MBS Direct. Your professor also will provide you with the textbook information on D2L and on the syllabus.

How do we take exams?test

Exams are facilitated through a secure online testing service. A webcam is required to be able to take exams. Additional details for this will be provided in your online class content on D2L.

How long does the admission process take?test

​The normal admission process takes 4-6 weeks. This depends on how fast documents are submitted for the application.​​​

How do I contact an academic advisor if I have questions about course requirements?test

​To speak to an academic advisor, please contact +1 312-362-8810 or kgsb@depaul.edu. 

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Is financial aid available for the program?test

​​U.S. students may apply for financial aid. Graduate aid typically is available in the form of loans only. For additional options or to contact a counselor, please visit Financial Aid.

What career resources are available to me?test

Visit Career Resources for career management information for accounting students and for graduate students.​

Does the MSA guarantee that I can sit for the CPA exam?test

Generally, if you have a U.S. bachelor’s degree with at least 120 semester credit hours, the MSA will allow you to meet the remaining requirements of 150 semester hours with a graduate degree in accounting. Please visit NASBA to become familiar with your state’s requirements.​​

How long will it take to complete the degree?test

​​​​The full degree takes approximately two years to complete. See the Course Schedule above for the online MSA class sequence.

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When can I begin the program?test

Students begin in the summer quarter or the autumn quarter. Students without an undergraduate business degree must begin with ACC 500 Financial Accounting in the summer quarter. Students with an undergraduate business degree may begin in the fall quarter.

Do I need to take two classes each quarter?test

Yes. In order to stay in the correct course sequence, based on prerequisites, students in the online program should plan to enroll in two classes each quarter according to the class schedule.

Is the degree that is conferred identified as an “online” degree?test

No. The classes are delivered in an online format, but your degree and diploma will indicate “Master of Science in Accountancy.”​

Where do I find the class material?test

Once you register for your course and the quarter begins, you will be able to log into Desire2Learn (D2L), the university's learning management system, and view your course content for the duration of the academic term.

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