About the Program
Online MSA Degree Curriculum
As a master of science degree, DePaul’s program provides a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of accounting principles and practices that goes beyond the foundational education of a master’s in accounting (MSA) degree.
The degree consists of 8 core courses plus a choice of 4 electives. This refreshed curriculum is available starting with the fall 2023 term. This format is modeled on the most recent CPA exam structure, and individual courses directly align with exam content. Students can watch course recordings on their own time, attend select courses on campus, stream classes live or choose a mix of all modalities.
This tech-driven program leverages DePaul’s 10 years of online accounting expertise, while incorporating updated features that address students’ changing needs. A recent, evolving addition is a cohort model that encourages collaboration and interaction with peers and professors in live settings.
The DePaul online Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) program provides students with an ideal balance of core accounting concepts and advanced knowledge.
Featuring a wide variety of elective options, students can personalize their curriculum to their specific career plans, while also acquiring the fundamental skills required across the accounting industry.
Those who want to take the CPA exam will benefit from a curriculum that has been modeled after the core sections and disciplines of the exam.
This is a flexible program designed by industry experts with working professionals in mind. Students can complete the full program online or come to campus for select in-person classes.
The coursework features live sessions with award-winning faculty members, giving students direct access to extensive knowledge and first-hand experience. DePaul also leverages its location in the heart of Chicago to bring in expert perspectives from local, national and global firms.
Is the Online MSA Degree Right for You?
Our online Master of Science in Accountancy program accepts students from a range of professional backgrounds, including:
- Career changers, including those from non-business backgrounds, who are looking to enter the accounting field.
- Business professionals who want to elevate their career and position themselves for a new role or promotion.
- Prospective CPA candidates who want to prepare for the exam while also adding advanced skills.
No previous accounting or business degree is required to apply.
If you would like personalized advising on whether the MSA is a good fit for your goals, contact us to speak with an admissions advisor.
CPA Exam Prep
Just as the CPA exam has evolved so that test takers can focus on the area most relevant to their needs, our MSA has been enhanced to offer greater options and versatility to students.
We have reimagined our curriculum to match the most recent evolution of the CPA. Students can take courses that correspond with the core exam areas and choose electives that match the exam’s three discipline sections.
CPA certification adds credibility and recognition within the accounting field. Having a CPA license can open up new career opportunities, boost earning potential and can pave the way for leadership roles.
About DePaul University
Teaching and learning are our priorities at DePaul. That might seem obvious, but we're the largest private university whose faculty members' priority is teaching. We're committed to an educational experience that weaves together mind, place, people and heart.
We pride ourselves on building personalized connections between faculty and students, which is why we maintain fewer than 40 students across all classes.
Our MSA program is highly distinguished and accredited by the AACSB.
About the Kellstadt Graduate School of Business
The Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University is part of the Driehaus College of Business, one of the oldest business schools in the U.S. Kellstadt is where accomplished and aspiring leaders come to hone their skills to accelerate—or redirect—their careers. This is where you’ll develop and deepen your skills and business sense, with a perfect balance between theory and reality, analysis and action.
Our focus on practical, applicable knowledge gives our students a unique edge in the career market. The overwhelming majority of our alumni (95%) are employed full-time in a role that is related to their degree.