MSc in Accounting

Saint Xavier University

Program Description
AACSB Accredited

MSc in Accounting

Saint Xavier University

MSc in Accounting

Our comprehensive programs are designed to meet the diverse and changing needs of students and employers.

The M.S. in Accounting program is a 30-hour program that can easily be completed in one year. The program is designed to prepare students for both the CPA and possibly the CMA or the CFE depending on the selection of electives.

Prerequisite Courses

All courses required upon entry, unless otherwise noted as “waived.”

Program only available for those with accounting undergraduate degrees. Coursework must include 24 hours of non-accounting business courses. Must have Business Ethics, Business Communications and 2-hour research component.

  • ACCT 210: Financial Accounting (3)
  • ACCT 211: Managerial Accounting (3)
  • ACCT 301: Intermediate Accounting I (3)
  • ACCT 302: Intermediate Accounting II (3)
  • ACCT 303: Intermediate Accounting III (3)
  • ACCT 311: Individual Income Tax (3)
  • ACCT 321: Cost Accounting (3)
  • ACCT 341: Auditing (3)
  • ACCT 351: Advanced Accounting Issues (3)
  • ACCT 361: Corporate Income Tax (3)
  • ENGL 224: Professional Writing (3)
  • FINC 300: Principles of Finance (3)
  • MGMT 380: Business, Ethics and Society (3)
  • 2-Hr Research (completed if taken INT II, III)

Program Requirements (30 credit hours)

The following courses are required:

  • ACCT 550: Cost and Profitability Analysis (3)
  • ACCT 521: Accounting Analytics and Revune Optimization (3)
  • ACCT 561: Forensic and Investigative Accounting (3)
  • ACCT 562: Information System Security (3)
  • ACCT 563: Advanced Topics in Taxation/Regulation (3)
  • ACCT 564: Accounting Information Systems (3)
  • ACCT 516: Ethical Issuses in Financial Fraud (3) OR MGMT 520: Business Ethics in Governance (3)

Choose three of the following courses:

  • ACCT 515: Fraud Examination (3)
  • ACCT 514: Financial Statement Fraud (3)
  • FINC 550: Advanced Coporate Finance (3)
  • MGMT 507: Leadership and Managing Change (3)
  • MGMT 530: Operation and Technology Management (3)
  • MKTG 566: Market Behavior and Profitability (3)
  • ACCT 517: Financial Fraud Capstone (3)

M.S. in Accounting 4-Plus-1

If you're completing your BBA in accounting and have your sights set on becoming a CPA, there is no more direct route to the exam than the 4-plus-1 approach. You can earn your Master of Science in Accounting and be ready to sit for the CPA Exam in one year following your undergrad degree.

Graham School offers flexible scheduling, such as night and online courses, to allow you to complete your degree in one year and while still working full-time during the day. In addition, our elective courses also prepare you for the CFE Exam. Illinois requires 150 hours in order to sit for the CPA Exam, which you will have once this degree is earned. We can also provide exam preparation through our partnership with Becker Professional Education.

Application Process/Admission Requirements

  1. A completed Graduate Student application (no application fee).
  2. Personal statement. In approximately 200 words (1) explain your reasons for choosing Saint Xavier University to pursue a Graduate Degree in the Graham School of Management and (2) describe any personal accomplishment that qualifies you as a candidate for admission.
  3. Resume.
  4. Official transcript(s) from any/all institutions from which a bachelor's or master's degree(s) was/were received, and from any/all institution(s) at which graduate level coursework was completed. For such institutions located outside of the U.S., an official course-by-course transcript evaluation from ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators), WES (World Education Services), or Educational Perspectives is required instead of the actual transcript(s).
  5. Two completed recommendation forms.* Recommendation forms must be completed by individuals (supervisors, professors, coworkers, etc.) who can attest to your academic competence, professional skills and character.

*Applicants with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale will be considered priority candidates and are not required to submit letters of recommendation.

Note: Applicants may be asked to complete an interview with faculty and/or provide an additional writing sample at any time during the application process.

Apply online or request an information packet by mail.

Supplementary Admission Criteria for International Students

  1. Official, course-by-course transcript evaluation of undergraduate and graduate coursework from colleges/universities attended outside the U.S. The actual transcripts are not required; rather, only the official, course-by-course transcript evaluation is required; and it must be from one of the following three organizations:
    • ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators)
    • WES (World Education Services)
    • Educational Perspectives
  2. Official results of the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System). Applicants who elect TOEFL must present official TOEFL results showing a minimum score of 80 on the Internet-based exam, or 550 on the paper-based exam, or 213 on the computer-based exam. Saint Xavier's institution code is 1708. Applicants who elect IELTS must present official IELTS results showing a minimum Overall Band Score of 6.5.
  3. Official results of the GRE or GMAT. Preferred combined GRE score of 300, with a minimum score of 150 on the Verbal section and 4.0 on the Writing section. Preferred combined GMAT score of 950 - (Cumulative GPA from degree granting institution multiplied by 200).
  4. Notarized Affidavit of Support (PDF) form completed by sponsor(s) to demonstrate an international applicant's ability to afford tuition and living expenses while pursuing his/her degree.
    • Valid no later than six months upon receipt.
    • Applicants can use more than one sponsor, but each sponsor must complete separate Affidavit of Support.
  5. Notarized bank letter showing the student has financial sponsorship in the amount of $29,000. The amount listed on the bank letter must match what is listed on the Affidavit of Support form from each sponsor. The bank letter must be written in English by the sponsor's bank or must be translated into English. The bank letter must be signed and stamped by a bank official.
  6. A photocopy or facsimile of the identification page and expiration page of the student's passport and the student's current F-1 visa (if applicable), the I-20 form from the student's current institution, and the I-94 form documenting the student's original entry into the country. Copy of I-151 or I-551 for U.S. Permanent Residents.
  7. Minimum grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
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Last updated February 14, 2018
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1 year
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USA - Chicago, Illinois
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