Master of Science in Accountancy


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Program Description

Online Master of Science (M.S.) in Accountancy

Benedictine University's online M.S. in Accountancy delivers a CPA-aligned accounting education to students with or without an undergraduate degree in accounting. You can earn your master's in two years, when and where it's most convenient for you.

Completing this program also fulfills the Illinois requirement of 30 hours of accounting work to sit for the CPA exam. Depending on your educational background, additional business hours may also be required.*

CPA Exam Preparation: Endorsed by the Big 4 Firms, Wiley CPAexcel® is available at a 20-percent discount to M.S. in Accountancy students, giving you access to the comprehensive tools you need to prepare for the CPA exam after graduation.

Master the Soft Skills Hiring Managers Seek

Being a "number cruncher" is no longer enough to stand out in the field of accounting and finance. Now, accounting professionals need to balance their subject-matter expertise with communication skills that make their knowledge accessible to all stakeholders. These professionals have to work across teams, understand multiple perspectives, and communicate well.

To ensure this "softer" skill set is second nature to you by graduation, part of your work in the program will be group-based. This provides you the opportunity to work as you would in real life. Expert coaching from your professors allows you to build this skill set over time in a safe environment.

Manage the Triple Bottom Line as a Principled Accounting Leader

When you complete the online M.S. in Accountancy at Benedictine University, you learn to use legal and ethical frameworks to improve the Triple Bottom Line1 of social responsibility, economic value and ecological impact as you:

  • Solve accounting problems with critical and creative thinking skills;
  • Identify accounting opportunities that improve the business;
  • Make reliable decisions in domestic and global business environments;
  • Use the business concepts of financial and managerial accounting, tax management, auditing, leadership and business ethics.

Get Professional Coaching From Faculty

You will learn from and enjoy direct access to the same subject matter experts who publish their research and viewpoints on current industry news in major professional accounting and finance publications. But most importantly, the professors are experienced accounting professionals with various executive level exposure and international business knowledge.

Your professors will coach you as you become a successful, well-rounded accounting professional, providing sound career mentoring and opportunities to connect with others in the industry.

Your Future Accounting Career

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics2, the positions of Accountants and Auditors, Financial Managers, Financial Analysts, and Financial Examiners will all grow faster than the national average by 2026. Additionally:

  • 285,800 new jobs will be created nationwide from 2016 to 20262–5
  • Chicagoland has the sixth-highest number of accounting and finance job postings in the country3
  • More than 50% of these postings require a master's degree6

Learn at a Top-Ranked School

Benedictine University was one of "America's Top Colleges" for the eighth consecutive year in 2018 — Forbes.

*Program candidates are responsible for meeting CPA examination requirements which vary by state.



3Burning Glass Labor Insights, May 2017–May 2018.

Last updated Jun 2019

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About the School

Founded in 1887, Benedictine University is dedicated to the education of undergraduate and graduate students. Benedictine is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Centra ... Read More

Founded in 1887, Benedictine University is dedicated to the education of undergraduate and graduate students. Benedictine is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). Read less