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Master of Science in Accounting (M.S.A.)

College of Business and Management


Name: Essam Elshafie
Phone: (773)442-6118
Link: Department Website


The Master of Science in Accounting program offers a broad base of knowledge about accounting and business theory and practice, tailored for students who wish to meet Illinois' 150-credit-hour requirement for the CPA. Accountants with a graduate degree and CPA certification are well qualified to provide leadership in planning, coordinating, and controlling the economic activities of business and non-business enterprises.

Is this for me?

This program is for you if you want to build on your undergraduate education and prepare yourself for a wide range of opportunities in accounting and other related fields.  Also, if you want to deepen your understanding of complex accounting issues and be able to satisfy the requirements to sit for the CPA exam, or if you want to be well prepared for a Ph.D. program.


As an M.S.A. graduate, you will enhance your opportunities for employment in the current competitive marketplace. According to the latest report of the Department of Labor Statistics, accountants and auditors are among the occupations projected to grow the fastest and add the most new jobs over the 2010-20 decade, resulting in excellent job prospects.