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Northeastern Illinois University’s College of Business and Management offers two graduate degree programs in business: a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) and a Master of Science in Accounting (M.S.). The main contrast between the MBA and the MS in Accounting is breadth versus depth.

The MBA degree offers a broad view of business management, exposing students who are unsure of their career path to theory and practical instruction in multiple business disciplines, including general management, executive leadership, or entrepreneurship.

The MS degree provides an in-depth curriculum in accounting, helping students become experts in the field. If you are considering pursuing your CPA, then an MS in Accounting is a necessary first step.

A hallmark of both programs is their flexibility, which allows you to earn your degree even while you pursue your current career. This includes:

  • Evening and weekend classes
  • Full-time or part-time enrollment
  • Business or non-business undergraduate degree accepted for admission
  • Small classes and individual attention that challenge you to learn and grow
  • Most affordable MBA and MS in Accounting programs in the Chicago area

Graduate Program Degree Options

M.B.A. Degree Program

The Master of Business Administration program provides you with a comprehensive knowledge base in business theory and practice to prepare you for mid and upper-level management positions. The MBA program consists of 33 credit hours (10 courses and a capstone) of graduate credit. If your undergraduate degree includes business coursework, you may be able to enter directly into the advanced phase of the MBA program.

The NEIU MBA is also an excellent value—total tuition and fees are lower than virtually any other MBA program in Illinois. To make your graduate program even more affordable, NEIU offers a variety of financial aid packages, individually configured to meet your needs. Learn more.

Master’s in Accounting

NEIU’s Master of Science in Accounting program 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 requirements to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). The program itself consists of 30 total credit hours. Accountants with a master’s degree in Accounting and CPA certification are well qualified to provide leadership in planning, coordinating, and controlling the economic activities of business and non-business enterprises. The combination of a graduate accounting degree and CPA certification provides a powerful set of credentials for career success. Learn more.

International MBA Partnerships

The institute for future education, entrepreneurship and leadership (iFEEL)

In an effort to further diversify our international student enrollment, the College of Business and Management has developed a 1+1 graduate MBA partnership with The Institute for Future Education, Entrepreneurship and Leadership (IFEEL) in Lonavaia, Manarashtra, India.

The preamble from the agreement lays out the purpose of this partnership:

NEIU’s COBM and IFEEL recognize each other as research and teaching centers in their respective countries. They also recognize that a formalized agreement would be of mutual benefit and would serve to facilitate, and mutually support and promote, graduation education. This partnership is to serve the following purposes:

  • To promote the completion of graduate studies of Indian students in Northeastern’s COBM and the awarding of a Northeastern MBA degree;
  • To promote faculty and/or staff exchanges;
  • To engage in the exchange of academic materials;
  • To promote joint research projects;
  • To promote joint conferences, seminars, and/or workshops;
  • To develop joint curricular projects

Find Out More

For additional information about graduate programs in business at Northeastern Illinois University, contact the Graduate Studies in Business Office at or call (773) 442-6107.

Applications for the MBA and MS in Accounting programs are processed initially by the Northeastern Illinois University College of Graduate Studies and Research Admissions Office which is located in D 101-D. The Graduate Admissions Office is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For general admissions questions contact or call (773) 442-6001.

If you have specific questions regarding the MBA or MS in Accounting programs, contact the College of Business and Management Graduate Programs at or call (773) 442-6107.

Apply today! 

Other Contacts:

Charletta Gutierrez, Ph.D.
Graduate Program Coordinator
(773) 442-6128

Vladimir Fernandez
Graduate Program Outreach
(773) 442-6112