Online Master of Science in Accountancy

Accounting Careers

Accountancy offers multiple paths to a fulfilling career; for example, accountants can work for large firms, while those who are certified often open their own practices. Business leadership positions, including financial controllers and chief financial officers, also frequently require knowledge of accounting in addition to core business skills.

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Senior accounting professionals should be prepared to handle a considerable range of questions and challenges for their clients or employers; these issues can span taxation, auditing, changes in regulation and industry-specific concerns, such as typical practices in a particular field for deductible business expenses (and which expenses may be excluded). Certification also plays a significant role in salary potential— see our CPA exam page for more information.

DePaul students gain access to a range of career services, offered by the Kellstadt Career Management Center. Online MSA students can reach out to the Career Management Center to receive personalized advice to elevate their careers, including live video chats with career experts, help in developing a custom career roadmap as well as access to job posting and mentor connections through the Handshake platform.

For more information about the career services offered to enrolled students, visit the Kellstadt Career Management Center page.

The chart below shows salary information for a selection of common positions in accountancy. If you have any questions related to your specific career, feel free to contact an admission advisor, and we’ll be glad to help you.

Accounting Careers – Select Salaries

Job Title Median Salary
Chief Financial Officer $118,816
Financial Controller $78,729
Certified Public Accountant (CPA) $63,393
Auditor $61,108
Tax Accountant $54,534
Accountant $49,988
Accountant (entry-level) $41,679
Source: PayScale.com

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