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Benedictine University - Online Master of Science in Accountancy

The School of Graduate, Adult and Professional Education at Benedictine University offers an online Master of Science in Accountancy degree. This program prepares students for leadership roles, stressing ethical and socially beneficial decision-making and championing environmentally responsible and economically feasible business practices. The curriculum of the MS in Accountancy prepares students for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam and meets the required 30 hours of accounting. Students also receive a 20% discount on Wiley CPAexcel which offers preparation for the CPA exam and is endorsed by the Big 4 Firms.

The MS in Accountancy is 100% online with no campus visits required. The program consists of 30 credits over 10 courses. Students without a bachelor’s degree in accounting will be required to complete three additional courses, bringing the total credits to 39. The program is part-time and can be completed in two years. Courses begin six times per year in January, March, May, June, August and October.

Benedictine University offers courses, materials and tools through the Engage Learning Management System (LMS). Materials and interactions include virtual webinars, live chats, virtual student groups, and discussion boards. Online courses follow the best practices of the Community of Inquiry (Col) framework which promotes collaboration through the online format. Because accounting professionals also need to develop soft skills like communication, almost half of the program work will be group-based. This will help prepare professionals for the demands of today’s accountants with practice in a safe, coaching environment with faculty and peers. Faculty are heavily engaged with students and offer weekly office hours, participate in discussion boards and live chats, and provide student feedback.

Courses for the MS in Accountancy include Corporate Accounting Theory and Practice I-II; Leadership and Business Ethics in the Global Environment; Theory and Practice of Financial Reporting; Advanced Accounting; Tax Influences on Decision-Making; Auditing Theory and Practice; Forensic Accounting; Cybersecurity and Internal Auditing; and The Globalization of Accounting.

Those without an undergraduate degree in accounting are required to take three foundational courses: Financial Accounting; Managerial Accounting; and Cost Analysis, Profit Planning and Control.

Benedictine University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Benedictine University: The School of Graduate, Adult and Professional Education

Programs: Master of Science in Accountancy
Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

Master of Science in Accountancy

Program Highlights
  • Those without an undergraduate degree in accounting are required to take three foundational courses which increases the overall credit load to 39: Financial Accounting; Managerial Accounting; and Cost Analysis, Profit Planning and Control
  • The curriculum of the MS in Accountancy prepares students for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam
  • Students receive a 20% discount on Wiley CPAexcel which offers preparation for the CPA exam
Program Overview
Program Structure: Online instruction with no campus visits required
Example Courses: Corporate Accounting Theory and Practice I-II; Leadership and Business Ethics in the Global Environment; Advanced Accounting; Auditing Theory and Practice; Forensic Accounting
Instruction Methods: Courses are delivered through the Engage LMS which includes tools such as live online chat, discussion groups, online orientation, virtual webinars, and virtual student groups
Degree Requirements
Credits Required: 30 credits needed to graduate
Campus Visits Required: 0
Program Options
Program Start Dates: January, March, May, June, August and October
Curriculum Options: Part-time
Length of Program: Program can be completed in about 2 years
Admission Requirements and Tuition Costs
GPA Requirements: Minimum GPA 2.75
Testing Requirements: GMAT or GRE required (waiver available)
Work Experience: Not required for admission
Tuition Costs: ~$32,700 + fees
Cost per Credit Hour: $1,090.00

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