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Accounting Graduate Program (M.S.A.)

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Introduction 

Northeastern Illinois University offers a two-phase Master of Science in Accounting (M.S.A.) program.
  • The first phase consists of a set of foundation courses, some or all of which may be waived depending on your prior academic preparation. If your bachelor's degree is not in accounting, you will also need to show proficiency in six undergraduate prerequisite courses: 

    • Cost Accounting

    • Auditing Theory and Problems

    • Federal Income Tax (Individual)

    • Intermediate Financial Accounting I

    • Intermediate Financial Accounting II

    • Business Calculus

You may demonstrate proficiency either through competent coursework or by passing a proficiency examination. Please note that these six courses are program prerequisites. They are not part of the M.S.A. program and cannot be applied to the M.S.A. degree.

  • The second phase is made up of 30 hours of advanced core courses and is required of all M.S.A. students.  Among these advanced courses are six hours of accounting elective classes and nine hours of non-accounting elective classes.

For more information contact our M.S.A. coordinator, Jian Li, at j-li3@neiu.edu or (773) 442-6129, who will help you select and register for any courses that you may need to fulfill program prerequisites.

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Degree Requirements 

Foundation (Phase I) Courses

Phase I courses are designed for students with a non-business undergraduate degree who need an introduction to the domains of key business areas.  If your undergraduate degree is in business or you have previously taken undergraduate business courses, you may be able to waive some or all of the Phase I courses.

Those not otherwise able to satisfy Phase I requirements will need to take courses as follows:

Course Title

Listing

Credit Hours

Equivalent  Courses

Business Foundation Courses

 

Fundamentals of Accounting

ACTG-400

4

ACTG-201 and ACTG-202

Legal Environment of Business

BLAW-400

2

BLAW-285

Fundamentals of Business Economics

ECON-401

1

ECON-215 and ECON-217

Fundamentals of Financial Management

FINA-400

2

FINA-360

Fundamentals of Marketing

MKTG-400

2

MKTG-350

Managing Organizations

MNGT-400

2

MNGT-370

Business Statistics

MNGT-401

2

MNGT-368

Accounting Foundation Courses

(Not part of degree, must be taken or show proficiency)

Cost Accounting

ACTG-301

3

Auditing Theory and Problems

ACTG-307

3

Federal Income Tax (Individual)

ACTG-310

3

Intermediate Financial Accounting I

ACTG-321

3

Intermediate Financial Accounting II

ACTG-322

3

Core (Phase II) Courses

Phase II courses are required of all MSA students. They offer advanced, in-depth study in key accounting topics. These courses carry graduate credit and are available only to MSA or MBA students.

Course Title

Listing

Credit Hours

Auditing Theory and Practice

ACTG-407

3

Accounting for Planning and Control

ACTG-412

3

Tax Research and Procedure

ACTG-440

3

Auditing Theory and Practice

ACTG-407

3

Research Methodology in Accounting

ACTG-430

3

Core Total

15

Required Elective Courses

To round out your Master of Accounting degree, you will select six hours (two courses) of accounting electives, and nine hours (three courses) of non-accounting electives.

Accounting Electives

6 hours (2 courses)

Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting

ACTG-406

3

Advanced Management Accounting

ACTG-413

3

Financial Statement Analysis

ACTG-422

3

Estate, Gift and Trust Taxation

ACTG-441

3

Accounting Information Systems

ACTG-451

3

Issues in International Accounting and Multinational Business Operations

ACTG-480

3

Master’s Project

ACTG-500

3

Management Consulting

COBM-414

3

NON-Accounting Electives

9 hours (3 courses)

Finance

Investment Strategies

FINA-462

3

Corporate Financial Strategy

FINA-470

3

International Financial Management

FINA-471

3

Seminar on Futures and Options Markets

FINA-474

3

Management of Financial Institutions

FINA-475

3

Management

Leadership and Organizational Behavior

MNGT-403

3

Production and Operations Management

MNGT-404

3

Human Resources Policy and Decision Making

MNGT-474

3

Entrepreneurship

MNGT-480

3

International Management

MNGT-481

3

Strategy and Organization

MNGT-487

3

Strategic Planning

MNGT-488

3

Management of Organization Change

MNGT-489

3

Marketing

Marketing Management

MKTG-402

3

Consumer Behavior and Marketing Action

MKTG-451

3

Advertising Management

MKTG-452

3

Marketing Research

MKTG-453

3

Channels of Distribution and Retailing

MKTG-456

3

Global Marketing

MKTG-458

3

Services Marketing Management

MKTG-461

3

Industrial Marketing

MKTG-468

3

Academics

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