Master of Science in Accounting

Become a leader in a growing field. A Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) degree from Brennan School of Business will prepare you to excel in a rewarding career as an accountant. 

The Brennan School of Business is one of Chicago's leading AASCB business schools offering a challenging, values-based enviroment where you will engage with faculty to learn business fundamentals and real-world skills that prepare you to thrive in a fulfilling business career while making the world a better place.

The MSA  program is designed for the student who wants to prepare for a career in accountancy but does not have an undergraduate accounting background. The program provides students with the course work required to be eligible to sit for the CPA examination. Although not required for eligibility, a CPA review course after graduation is strongly recommended as final preparation for the examination.

A candidate for the MSA degree will normally need to complete 33 to 39 credit hours. The total number depends on the candidate‚Äôs undergraduate coursework and academic performance, which may result in the waiver of up to six courses. In addition to course waivers, students who have successfully completed relevant course work at another accredited graduate program may request to have two courses (maximum of six credits) transferred and applied toward degree requirements.

MSA courses are taught by our expert faculty who bring years of experience as researchers, vice presidents, CPAs and corporate accountants to their teaching. 

Admission Requirements

Admission to the graduate programs of the Brennan School of Business is open to those who hold a bachelor's degree in any field with an appropriate general education component from an accredited institution. The MSA program is normally not recommended for students with an undergraduate major in accounting. No prior business courses are required. The admission decision is ordinarily based upon: 

  • The applicant's total academic record
  • Two recommendations (from a current or past employer, professor or professional colleague)
  • The applicant's personal statement and resume.

No GRE/GMAT required.