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Accounting, M.S.

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The M.S. in Accounting offers you a broad base of knowledge about accounting and business theory and practice, tailored for students who wish to meet Illinois' 150-credit hour requirement to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). The curriculum is designed to meet the needs of students with or without undergraduate preparation in business or accounting.

Northeastern Illinois University offers a two-phase Master of Science in Accounting 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 AccountingAuditing Theory and ProblemsFederal Income Tax (Individual)Intermediate Financial Accounting IIntermediate Financial Accounting II and 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. in Accounting program and cannot be applied to the degree requirements.
  • The second phase is made up of 30 hours of advanced core courses and is required of all students in the program. Among these advanced courses are six hours of accounting elective classes and nine hours of non-accounting elective classes.

Credit hours required: 30-67

Admission Information

The program admits students for the Fall, Spring and Summer semesters.

Program Benefits 

Northeastern's Accounting, M.S. program offers:

  • Demonstrated quality through AACSB accreditation

  • Outstanding return on investment

    • Best Value in Education (Newsweek, 2012)

    • Among the lowest student loan debt upon commencement (U.S. News & World Report 2015, 2016)

  • Exceptional diversity

    • Annually ranked as one of the most ethnically diverse universities since 1997 by U.S. News & World Report

    • Faculty and students from over 60 different countries

  • Networking as you develop your knowledge and skills

    • Chicago area alumni network of 62,000+ individuals, including local and national financial institutions

  • Entry pathways for traditional students and executives

  • Foundation and core courses offered at convenient times

  • Online, hybrid and traditional classroom settings

Career Options 

The M.S. in Accounting prepares you for careers such as:

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • financial accountant
  • managerial accountant
  • income tax professional
  • auditor

​​For more detailed career information, visit the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Academic Catalog Information 

Take a closer look at the Master in Accounting and the courses offered toward the degree.

Accounting, M.S.

Department and Contact Information 

If you are interested in the program or have questions, please contact Jian Li, program coordinator, at (773) 442-6129 or 

Accounting, Business Law and Finance

About Northeastern 

Northeastern Illinois University is home to 9,000 students from all corners of the world and is one of the most ethnically diverse universities in the nation. Our small class sizes, flexible schedules and dedicated faculty can help you succeed in your studies.

We offer an education with value.

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