Master of Science in Accounting

The Master of Science in Accounting program is a 30-hour program that can easily be completed in one year. 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.”

Program only available for those with accounting undergraduate degrees. Coursework must include 24 hours of non-accounting business courses. Must have Business Ethics, Business Communications and 2-hour research component.

Program Requirements (30 credit hours)

The following courses are required:

Choose three of the following courses:

M.S. in Accounting 4-Plus-1

If you're 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 in one year following your undergrad degree.

The Graham School of Management offers flexible scheduling, such as night and online courses, to allow you to complete your degree in one year 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.