Master of Science in Accounting (MSAC)
“In addition to its exemplary reputation in the business world, a key reason I selected Keller was because the program incorporated the CPA exam preparation courses.”
- Shunda Mack, Keller Alumnus
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Accounting Master's Degree Program
Despite slower job growth in other fields, the need for accounting professionals continues to increase.1 If you're looking to take advantage of this growth and streamline your career advancement, our accelerated Master's in Accounting program is designed for you. You could gain a foundation in current accounting issues while exploring coursework relevant to your professional development, such as CPA exam preparation, auditing or taxation.
If you're a CPA candidate, our Master's in Accounting program curriculum, can put you at a unique advantage because it integrates Becker Professional Education's proven CPA Exam Review. Students who prepare with Becker pass the CPA Exam at double the rate of non-Becker candidates.2
For over 50 years, Becker has been the leader in CPA review preparing over 400,000 candidates for the CPA Exam. And because Becker’s proven exam review is infused into Keller’s CPA preparation courses, you can prepare for the CPA Exam and earn your master's degree simultaneously, helping you save time and tuition. Additionally, you can earn academic credits that may help satisfy the sitting and/or licensing requirements in your state. Students must check with their state board of accountancy for eligibility requirements.
1 Bureau of Labor and Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition. Employment sub-section: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/Business-and-Financial/Accountants-and-auditors.htm
2 Becker Professional Education students pass at double the rate of all CPA Exam candidates who did not take a Becker course, based on averages of AICPA-published pass rates. Data verified by an independent third-party research firm.
To be admitted to the Master of Science in Accounting degree program, applicants must provide evidence of one of the following:
- A Bachelor's Degree in Accounting
- A Bachelor's Degree with a specialization in Accounting or Finance
- Successful completion of all parts of the CPA exam
- A CPA license
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Learn on campus, online or a mix of both
At Keller, we've integrated on campus and online learning so you can attend our campus locations, take your graduate classes online or do a combination of both.
Study at Keller on campus, online or a mix of both
We give you the flexibility to attend classes at any of our 85+ campus locations, take all of your graduate courses online or even do a combination of both.
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At Keller, we offer online graduate classes taught with the same focus on personal attention and academic rigor as classes taught on campus. And because courses are offered online, you can schedule working on your education around working on your career not the other way around.
On campus and online
For those students who need the flexibility of studying online to balance work, school and life, but also want a classroom experience, we offer a mix of both on campus and online learning. Take some courses online and some at a location convenient for you, whichever best fits your schedule.
Tuition, fees and expenses†
Master of Science in Accounting1
- Total Required Credit Hours: 30
- Number of Standard Three-Semester-Credit Hour Courses: 10
- Tuition per Standard Three-Semester-Credit Hour Course: $2,298
- Textbook and Materials Expense2: $1,750
Note: Tuition for Canadian residents enrolled in U.S.-based programs delivered online is charged in Canadian dollars at rates shown.
† Effective beginning July 2012.
1 Availability varies by location.
2 At average estimated per-course expense for textbooks and materials of $175; average estimated per-course expense does not apply to exam-prep courses, the per-credit-hour cost for which includes textbook and materials expense.
Experience the real value of a graduate education
Not only will you be learning skills that could help you rise to the top of your field, you'll also be gaining a valuable credential that may affect your entire career. A graduate education could change your earning potential, ability to be promoted and more.
There are many scholarships and other financial aid options available for qualifying students that may help make your graduate education more affordable. Click one of the links below for more info.
If you're a DeVry graduate, you may be eligible for up to four course exemptions* through the Keller Fast Track.
*Course exemptions are not available in New York or New Jersey
MSAC Graduation Requirements
Total length of the Master's in Accounting program varies based on the number of courses taken per 8-week session. That means that if you take 1 class per session, you could complete your Accounting Master's degree program in as few as 20 months.
The coursework in our Accounting Master's degree program is designed to equip you with the competencies that accounting professionals need to advance in the field and to help you potentially earn your professional certification.
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Required program courses (9 credit hours)
- Current Issues in Accounting (ACCT525) - 3 credit hours
- This course addresses current issues in the field of accounting. Topics include ethics; harmonization of accounting and financial reporting methods; recent accounting pronouncements and the effect of these pronouncements on various entities; and current issues being addressed by the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board (FASB), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). Prerequisite: ACCT504 or permission from the appropriate academic administrator
- Professional Research for Accountants (ACCT540) - 3 credit hours
- This course examines professional research skills critical in the accounting profession. Students identify research problems and authoritative sources, develop search criteria, gather and evaluate data, and formulate conclusions using a real-world case study approach in the areas of financial accounting, tax and audit. Students prepare a written report of their research and findings, and present recommendations. Prerequisite: ACCT551
- Accounting Capstone (ACCT601) - 3 credit hours
- Students in this culminating course integrate knowledge and skills learned throughout the MSAC program. Students apply what they have learned to challenges faced by accountants balancing the needs of customers, shareholders, employees and other stakeholders within ethical and legal considerations. Prerequisites: successful completion of all other program core and MSAC focus courses, and permission from the appropriate academic administrator
Capstone Course: Accounting The Capstone Course is a culmination of your prior coursework and is often taken toward the end of your program. It gives you the opportunity to utilize the hard-earned knowledge and skills you've developed as a Keller student in a real-world setting, whether that's at your current workplace or by developing and implementing a business plan. Each year, the most outstanding and successful Capstone Project in its category is recognized with an achievement award.
Exam prep courses (9 credit hours)
Students wishing to pursue CPA certification will take the following series of courses:
- CPA Exam Preparation: Auditing and Attestation (ACCT591) - 2 credit hours
- This course covers auditing procedures, auditing standards generally accepted in the United States (GAAS) and other standards related to attestation engagements. Also covered are skills needed to apply that knowledge in auditing and other attestation engagements. The auditing and attestation section of the CPA exam tests knowledge in the context of five broad engagement tasks. (The course is two semester-credit hours and is graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.) Prerequisite: ACCT551 or equivalent
- CPA Exam Preparation: Business Environment and Concepts (ACCT592) - 2 credit hours
- This course prepares students to pass the business environment and concepts section of the CPA exam. Coursework focuses on business structure; economic concepts essential to understanding an entity's operation, business and industry; financial management; information technology; and planning and measurement. Students become familiar with underlying business reasons for - and accounting implications of - transactions, and gain skills needed to apply that knowledge in financial statement audit and attestation engagements as well as perform other functions affecting the public interest. (The course is two semester-credit hours and is graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.) Prerequisite: ACCT551 or equivalent
- CPA Exam Preparation: Financial Accounting and Reporting (ACCT593) - 3 credit hours
- This course prepares students to pass the financial accounting and reporting section of the CPA exam. Coursework covers accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (GAAP) that affect business enterprises, not-for-profit organizations and government entities. Also addressed are skills needed to apply such knowledge, as well as financial accounting concepts and standards. (The course is graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.) Prerequisite: ACCT551 or equivalent
- CPA Exam Preparation: Regulation (ACCT594) - 2 credit hours
- This course prepares students to pass the regulation section of the CPA exam. Topics include federal taxation, ethics, professional and legal responsibilities, and business law, as well as skills needed to apply that knowledge. Topics address CPAs' professional and legal responsibilities, and legal implications of business transactions, particularly as they relate to accounting and auditing. Coursework focuses on federal and widely adopted uniform state laws, as well as principles of - and procedures for - federal income, estate and gift taxation. (The course is two credit hours and is graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.) Prerequisite: ACCT551 or equivalent
Career-focused courses (6 credit hours)
Students may choose six credit hours from among the Accounting (ACCT) or Finance (FIN) courses. Download the Academic Catalog and view "Course Offerings" for a complete list of courses that could satisfy this requirement.
Elective courses (6 credit hours)
You can take your electives in a variety of career fields. Students may choose any electives for which they meet the prerequisites. Download the Academic Catalog and view "Course Offerings" for a complete list of courses that could satisfy your elective requirements.
GET QUICK ANSWERS TO TOP QUESTIONS
Can I obtain a CPA license from Keller?
Though we cannot grant a CPA license, we do offer CPA exam preparation courses that integrate Becker Professional Education's CPA Exam Review Methodology. You can incorporate CPA exam prep courses as part of your coursework for programs such as Master of Accounting & Financial Management, MBA with an Accounting Concentration or Graduate Certificate in CPA Preparation.
What's the difference between a Master of Business Administration (MBA), a Specialized Master's Degree and a Graduate Certificate?
These offerings are all graduate-level areas of study, but the main differences are the coursework and required number of credits that you'll need to take. Depending on your career interests and goals, one area of study may be best for you. To find out more about our offerings, contact a member of our team.
Do certain programs require more credit hours than others?
Yes, credit hour requirements do vary among degree programs because the course requirements vary among degree programs. Visit the graduate degree program page and click on the degree program that you're interested in to see specific coursework requirements.