Gain the skills you need to Be More, with a Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) from Bradley University:
Acquire the skills and knowledge (and the 150 required hours) to achieve your CPA certification and jump-start your career progression.
Expand your accounting knowledge, explore new interests or current specializations, and develop your leadership skills to become a more valuable asset to your organization.
Be more competitive in the job market. Bradley MSA graduates are at work today in a wide range of settings—from the Big 4 and large corporations to local accounting firms, government agencies, and not-for-profit organizations.
Be prepared to meet professional practice challenges within public, private, and not-for-profit organizations with a Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) from Bradley University.
Become CPA Ready
As you achieve your MSA degree, you will simultaneously complete the 150-hour educational requirement needed to sit for the CPA exam. You’ll also gain the necessary skills and knowledge to achieve your CPA certification. Bradley graduates are prepared, with CPA pass rates consistently higher than the national average.
Prepare To Move Ahead
The MSA curriculum offers a combination of accounting and business administration courses to prepare you for the increased responsibilities of a managerial role. And, with a wide range of electives to choose from, you can customize your education to meet your current interests or develop a new area of specialization. New elective courses are frequently added based on the counsel of public and private accounting professionals who regularly advise the Accounting Department faculty on current issues within the profession as well as the most desirable skill sets for accountants today.
Learn from Active, Experienced Faculty
Unlike larger institutions, all graduate accounting classes are taught by professors, not graduate students. As practicing accountants, all Accounting Department faculty hold at least one major accounting certification (e.g., CPA, CIA, CMA, CFE). In addition to staying current on issues of accounting within general business usage, our faculty focus their teaching and research within defined accounting specializations. This focus allows each professor to offer MSA students the most current knowledge and information.
Benefit from an Individual Focus
At Bradley, you benefit from access to professors who live locally and are available in person for questions, discussion, and one-on-one meetings. Special research projects and independent study also offer additional, individualized opportunities for mentoring.
The MSA Program requires 30 semester hours of study, which includes a minimum of 15 credit hours in accounting and a maximum of 15 credit hours of elective courses. Designed to accommodate both pre-professional students and working professionals, the MSA program offers the flexibility to customize a course of study to meet your specific interests and needs. Throughout the program you’ll expand your critical thinking, analytical, and problem solving skills as you utilize current tools within the profession to research and solve accounting problems.
Students with an undergraduate accounting degree can complete the MSA within one year as a full-time student or two years as a part-time student. Most MSA program classes are taught during the afternoon and evenings. In addition to traditional Fall and Spring semesters, courses are also offered during the January and Summer interim sessions. Students may enter the program in August, January, or during the Summer. Information regarding important dates within each semester or interim session is located in the academic calendar.
You’ll engage with the MSA curriculum through a balance of case study analysis, lecture, and group or individual projects. A class size of 25-30 students assures diversity and allows professors to provide individual attention and mentoring. An emphasis on the exchange of ideas between faculty and students fosters a rich learning environment within the classroom.
Bradley MSA students receive the personal attention of our dedicated staff as well as the following services:
- Graduate Student Association membership and benefits,
- tutoring as needed,
- job search assistance from the Smith Career Center,
- use of the Markin Center recreational facility,
- assistance from Computing Services, and
- access to the Student Health Center.
Students with an undergraduate accounting degree can complete the MSA within one year as a full-time student or two years as a part-time student.
Cost & Fees
MSA program costs are billed by credit hour. Current tuition rates and student fees are available on the Graduate School website.
Scholarships, assistantships, fellowships, and loans are available to finance your education. Learn more about these options
Tuition Benefit Programs Check with your human resources department to determine if your employer can provide tuition assistance. Preferred employers of Bradley University also receive a 35% tuition discount for all enrolled MSA students. View our Employee Benefits page for more details regarding this discount opportunity for you and your employer.
The entire application package including GMAT score, undergraduate GPA, transcripts, letters of recommendation, experience, essay responses, and other materials are considered in an application review for student admission.
The final recommendation on admission rests with the Program Coordinator with the advice of an admissions committee consisting of three Foster College graduate faculty members.
Full instructions for the application process are detailed within the application. You may choose to begin your studies in Fall or Spring. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until three weeks before the semester begins (August 1 for Fall and January 1 for Spring). The academic calendar provides additional information regarding important dates within each semester and interim session. Evaluation of students for admission is a very individualized process. A prospective student’s background, work experience, career progression, and desire to succeed are considered in making an admission decision.
To apply, please submit the following:
- A completed application with essays
- A non-refundable application fee of $40 ($50 for international applicants)
- Official transcript(s)* (one copy)
- Two current letters of recommendation**
- GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) test results***
- A current resume
- TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) results†
*One from each college and university attended. You must possess the equivalent of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. Transcripts must be sent directly from the registrar to the Graduate School, Bradley University, Peoria, Illinois 61625.
**Persons who can comment meaningfully on your capability for graduate–level study. Faculty members under whom you have studied and employers are considered appropriate references.
***The GMAT is a standardized test designed to measure aptitude for graduate study in management. Successful applicants will have a superior overall previous academic record and an above average total GMAT score. The GMAT must have been taken no earlier than five years prior to the date of admission to the program. You must arrange to take the test in sufficient time to permit processing of the application with the test results prior to the application deadline. For reporting the test results, the Bradley University GMAT institutional code is 1070. View http://www.mba.com/mba or contact the Graduate School office.
†This test measures proficiency in oral and written English and is required only for international students whose native language is not English.
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