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Master of Science in Accounting


The Master of Science in Accounting program is a 30-hour program. The program is designed to prepare students for both the CPA and possibly the CMA or the CFE depending on selection of electives.

Prerequisite Courses

All courses required upon entry, unless otherwise noted as "waived."

This program is only available for those with accounting undergraduate degrees. Coursework must include 24 hours of non-accounting business courses. You must have Business Ethics, Business Communications, and a two-hour research component.

  • ACCT 210: Financial Accounting (3)
  • ACCT 211: Managerial Accounting (3)
  • ACCT 301: Intermediate Accounting I (3)
  • ACCT 302: Intermediate Accounting II (3)
  • ACCT 303: Intermediate Accounting III (3)
  • ACCT 311: Individual Income Tax (3)
  • ACCT 321: Cost Accounting (3)
  • ACCT 341: Auditing (3)
  • ACCT 351: Advanced Accounting Issues (3)
  • ACCT 361: Corporate Income Tax (3)
  • ENGL 224: Professional Writing (3)
  • FINC 300: Principles of Finance (3)
  • MGMT 380: Business, Ethics and Society (3)
  • 2-Hr Research (completed if taken INT II, III)

Program Requirements (30 credit hours)

The following courses are required:

  • ACCT 550: Cost and Profitability Analysis (3)
  • ACCT 521: Accounting Analytics and Revenue Optimization (3)
  • ACCT 561: Forensic and Investigative Accounting (3)
  • ACCT 562: Information System Security (3)
  • ACCT 563: Advanced Topics in Taxation/Regulation (3)
  • ACCT 564: Accounting Information Systems (3)
  • ACCT 516: Ethical Issues in Financial Fraud (3) OR MGMT 570: Business Ethics in Governance (3)

Choose three of the following courses:

  • ACCT 515: Fraud Examination (3)
  • ACCT 514: Financial Statement Fraud (3)
  • BANA 530: Operation and Technology Management (3)
  • FINC 550: Advanced Corporate Finance (3)
  • MGMT 507: Leadership and Managing Change (3)
  • MKTG 566: Market Behavior and Profitability (3)
  • ACCT 517: Financial Fraud Capstone (3)

M.S. in Accounting 4-Plus-1

If you are completing your BBA in accounting and have your sights set on becoming a CPA, there is no more direct route to the exam than the 4-plus-1 approach. You can earn your Master of Science in Accounting and be ready to sit for the CPA Exam following your undergrad degree.

The Graham School of Management offers flexible scheduling, such as night, Saturday and online courses, to allow you to complete your degree and while still working full-time during the day. In addition, our elective courses also prepare you for the CFE Exam. Illinois requires 150 hours in order to sit for the CPA Exam, which you will have once this degree is earned. We can also provide exam preparation through our partnership with Becker Professional Education.