Master of Science in Accountancy
Welcome to the M.S. in Accountancy Program!
The future of the accounting profession has never been stronger and the multitude of opportunities will only
grow because of the complexity of global business and the need to manage vast amounts of accounting/financial information. A career as an accounting professional in the future offers:
Ø An excellent employment outlook.
Ø New challenges attributable to technology and regulatory
Ø Requires development of new skill sets and a
commitment to lifelong learning.
Whether you are interested in taking the United States Uniform Certified Public Accountant (C.P.A.), Certified
Management Accountant (C.M.A.) or Certified Internal Auditor (C.I.A.) examination, or focused on a general accounting curriculum, the M.S. in Accountancy Program at Benedictine University will prepare you very well for future management positions. Specifically, the program stresses both the cutting-edge theoretical trends with an excellent balance of the practical application of concepts. Our faculty have strong industry experience and provide an integrated set of courses designed to develop critical thinking skills required to solve problems, identify opportunities, and make ethical decisions in both a domestic and global business environment.
I encourage you to complete the interactive questionnaire located at the top of the page and welcome you to the Benedictine University M.S. in Accountancy family. I also look forward to meeting you, exploring unanswered questions, and helping you begin your learning journey.
John C. Draut
M.S. in Accountancy Program Director
The on-campus Master of Science in Accountancy program at Benedictine University in Lisle, IL is structured for individuals who have a business-related undergraduate degree but little previous study or experience in accounting and are seeking to enhance their career through mentorship, networking and portfolio enhancement. Our curriculum provides an integrated sequence of courses at the graduate level that emphasize the skills and proficiencies of a professional accountant. Our curriculum also offers the background necessary to prepare candidates who wish to take the United States Uniform Certified Public Accountant (C.P.A.) examination, the Certified Management Accountant (C.M.A.) examination and the Certified Internal Auditor (C.I.A.) examination.
Are you a good fit for the Benedictine University's Master of Science in Accountancy program? Take our quick interactive questionnaire at the top of the page to learn about our program.
Benefits of the program:
· Gain a deep and broad understanding of principles
and management practices in the accounting field through our
· Develop long term relationships with faculty members
that are active practitioners
· Learn more than accounting with our program's
emphasis on leadership and ethics
· Specialize in a niche area of accounting like
forensic accounting, tax accounting and auditing
· Prepare for the CPA exam
Flexible Program Options:
Evening M.S. in Accountancy Program
Benedictine University's traditional M.S. in Accountancy program is designed for working adults who have a business-related undergraduate degree but limited
coursework or experience in accounting. We offer flexible evening classes that are ideal for busy professionals. We have many students that are part time who
usually complete one to two courses per quarter. Classes are conducted one evening per week per class on the main campus in Lisle or in a Friday evening/Saturday morning format.
4+1 M.S. in Accountancy Program
Well-qualified Benedictine University students who complete their undergraduate degree in accounting or business administration are eligible to complete a M.S. in Accountancy degree with one additional year of graduate study. The full-time 4+1 M.S.A. Program is developed specifically for recent college graduates. Admittance to the M.S.A. program is not automatic and an application must be completed during the student's senior year of undergraduate work. M.S.A. classes are conducted in evenings, weekends and on-line to meet the needs of students.
Dual Degree Programs (M.S. in Accountancy /M.B.A., M.S. in Accountancy /M.S.M.I.S.)
The Dual Degree Programs combine the comprehensive accounting core of the M.S. in Accountancy with the competencies of Business Management or Information Systems. Students enrolling in the dual degree program can develop powerful credentials and specialized expertise enabling them to successfully meet the challenges of today's marketplace. The dual degree program can be completed in 36 months or less. Dual degree programs consist of 96 quarter credit hours for completion. Application and admission is required to each graduate program, and students must complete all requirements for the selected dual degree.
At Benedictine University, our academic calendar is organized around four 10-week academic quarters. The Benedictine M.S.
in Accountancy program offers a rolling admission so students may be admitted into any of these quarters. With this system, students are able to follow either a part-time or full-time program.
Admission Application and Procedures
An application to the Benedictine M.S. in Accountancy Program requires the following items have been received:
1. A completed application form.
2. A non-refundable application fee.
3. Official transcripts from all previous
colleges attended. The student should request that all transcripts, including
any from Benedictine University, be mailed directly to the Graduate Admissions
Office at Benedictine University.
4. Two letters of reference from persons
who know the applicant from a professional or academic perspective.
5. A one-page statement of educational
and career goals.
6. Resume which includes chronological
7. Interview with the M.S. in Accountancy
Program Director, at the director's discretion.
8. Test scores (i.e., TOEFEL).
Applicants having a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or better may be waived from the GMAT requirement. Applicants wishing to apply for a GMAT waiver, but who do not have a GPA of 3.2 or better, may be considered pending successful completion of a specified quantitative and qualitative course.
Our integrated curriculum is structured for individuals who have a business-related undergraduate degree but little previous study or experience in accounting and are seeking to enhance their career through mentorship, networking and portfolio enhancement. For more information, check out our curriculum overview.
Our curriculum requires 64 quarter credit hours of graduate course work and can be broken into four primary sections:
1. Core Accounting Competency: five (5) courses
focused on U.S. accounting standards
2. Advanced Accounting Topics: four (4) courses
focused on in depth concepts, theories and issues in accounting
3. Managerial Process: four (4) courses focused on
management skills & knowledge necessary for those student seeking
managerial positions in accounting
4. Electives: students are required to choose three
(3) elective courses suited to their personal or professional interests
Sharon Borowicz, Ph.D., E.A.
† Kevin Doyle, Ph.D., P.M.P.
John Draut, M.B.A.
Ricky Holman, J.D.
Barbara T. Ozog, Ph.D.
Apostolos "Toli" Xanthopoulos, Ph.D.
Tom Yu, Ph.D.
James Zoda, Ph.D.
Lecturers & Senior Lecturers
Cyril V. Crane, M.S.A., C.P.A.
David Dibblee, M.S.A., C.P.A., Professor Emeritus
John Frech, M.B.A., C.P.A.
R. David Fulton, M.S., C.P.A., Senior Lecturer
Kenneth Hansen, J.D., Senior Lecturer
Martin Terpstra, M.S., C.P.A.
The Lecturers listed are individuals who have been employed as instructors on an as-needed basis, within the last several years, to teach courses at Benedictine University. Instructors listed may not currently be employed by Benedictine University. The University is fortunate to be able to provide our students with part-time faculty whose experience, credentials and commitment to education add to the high quality of our resident faculty.