What Can You Do with a Master's Degree in Accounting?
August 27, 2021 Learn what you can do with a Master’s in Accounting from DeVry. See how long it takes and the requirements to get a Master's in Accounting.
Whether you're interested in earning an MBA, a specialized master's degree or a graduate certificate in a focused field, you can discover a range of graduate degrees in business, technology and accounting through DeVry University’s Keller Graduate School of Management. Keller’s online graduate programs are designed to prepare you with the knowledge that can help you make an impact in your field. Keller Graduate School of Management is included in DeVry University’s accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission. We also have specific programmatic accreditations, including ACBSP, PMI and SHRM.
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Every graduate student has a different path to success. That's why DeVry University's Keller Graduate School of Management offers you a variety of online graduate programs to choose from. We have the graduate degrees you want with the flexibility you need.
Take advantage of Keller’s MBA program. Not only can you earn an MBA in as few as 10 courses3, but when you earn an MBA from Keller, you’ll learn from professors with real-world experience who explore current and innovative business and management practices.
Expand your leadership skills with experiential learning that can be applicable to today’s marketplace. Keller offers diverse concentration options and a wide range of electives, so you can customize your graduate program to fit your interests. Keller also provides an opportunity for students interested in accounting to prepare for the CPA exam and earn an MBA at the same time.
Keller offers specialized master's degrees, including accounting and financial management, human resource management, public administration, project management and information technology management. Each program offers practical, relevant knowledge in its respective field.
Designed to help you quickly build knowledge in your field of choice, Keller's graduate certificates are offered in a broad spectrum of disciplines. Earn a certificate as a stand-alone credential and then apply qualifying credits toward a master's degree program.
A graduate-level degree is an advanced academic degree (such as a master's or doctoral degree) that typically requires that a student previously earned an undergraduate or bachelor’s degree. Schools that provide graduate degrees are generally distinct from professional schools, which offer specialized advanced degrees in professional fields such as medicine, nursing, business, engineering, and law.
The benefits of a graduate degree can be many. A graduate degree sets you apart from the majority of the population who have not earned this advanced credential. Specifically, a graduate degree can provide the following:
Earning a graduate degree from an accredited4 university like DeVry University’s Keller Graduate School of Management provides real-world skills and knowledge that can be applied to your career.
New Career Opportunities
In 2019, graduates with master’s degrees earned nearly double the amount of high school graduates, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.5
Completing a graduate degree can be the realization of a lifelong dream and bring great personal satisfaction to many students and their families.
The short answer is no. A bachelor’s degree is considered an undergraduate degree. Undergraduate degree programs are typically the first post-secondary education option that students can pursue. Bachelor’s degrees typically include both general education requirements, as well as courses related to a specific area of study. Undergraduate degrees are designed to provide a foundation on which to continue one’s education. Once a person earns a bachelor’s degree, that person is usually eligible to pursue a graduate degree, such as a master’s or PhD.
A master’s degree is a type of graduate degree. Graduate degrees are earned after one receives a bachelor’s or undergraduate degree. A master's degree focuses on an advanced area of study and typically builds off of what was learned in a bachelor’s degree program. After earning a master’s degree, an even more advanced graduate degree is a doctorate, which is often referred to as a “terminal degree,” as it is one of the most advanced college degrees.
Yes! Many reputable, accredited graduate schools offer online degree programs, including DeVry’s Keller Graduate School of Management. The ability to earn an online graduate degree when and where is most convenient for the student can be very appealing.
We think so! We know that deciding to pursue a graduate education is a big decision and there are many factors you might consider when determining the value of your degree. Here are a few of the potential benefits you might find:
Pursue higher-level career opportunities
For many jobs, a bachelor’s degree can be sufficient. For others, however, a higher-level of education may be required. Earning a graduate degree may give your resume the boost you need to pursue a wider range of opportunities.
Prepare for a future you love
Many students attend grad school to pursue a long-time passion, self-development or to fulfill their love for lifelong learning.
Sharpen your business and leadership skills
Earning a graduate education can be a great way to practice and enhance your skills in a variety of business and management areas.
Dive into a new area of study
In addition to honing your general business skillset, a graduate degree also gives you the opportunity to develop new skills in a specific area such as project management, information technology or marketing.
Yes. A Master’s of Business Administration degree, or MBA, is a type of graduate degree. As the name suggests, an MBA program teaches business skills and may include classes or specializations in business, engineering, education or healthcare. An MBA is designed to teach general management competencies in areas such as accounting, finance, leadership and economics.
Some master's degree programs at Keller (including our MBA degree program) allow you to focus your degree by taking elective courses in a specific subject area, often applicable to one or several career fields. This area is called a "concentration" or "specialization".
Some of our Specialized Master's Degree Programs have different areas of study for those with specific professional areas of interest or expertise. By pursuing one of these areas, you'll emphasize an area of study as you work toward your degree. An example is a "Master of Accounting & Financial Management with a CPA Preparation emphasis."
We work to help master's degree programs at Keller Graduate School of Management be more affordable with a variety of ways to manage tuition costs, including Institutional Scholarships or Grants for eligible students*. To learn more about tuition costs, financial aid and scholarship awards you may qualify for, see our Financial Aid page.
*For full details on DeVry University and its Keller Graduate School of Management scholarship and Grant opportunities, restrictions and eligibility requirements, visit our Scholarships + Grants page.
Because the required number of credit hours varies by program, the length of time it takes for someone to earn their master’s degree at Keller can vary, too. Our MBA program requires 16 courses, and our Specialized Master's Degree Programs require 13 - 15 courses. Depending on the program you select and the pace you prefer, you might take one or two classes per 8-week session.
You may be able to accelerate the journey to your master’s degree by using a combination of approved transfer credits, course waivers* and/or credit for professional training, and satisfy the requirements for up to six courses.
For example, if you’ve earned an undergraduate degree in business or a related field, you may have satisfied the requirements for up to four courses in a master’s degree program at Keller through our Master’s Advantage. To learn more about Master’s Advantage and other ways to earn credit for what you’ve already achieved, visit our Graduate Admissions page.
*Eligibility and application of course waivers varies based on the type of course waiver credit earned, the student’s enrolled location and/or the student’s state of residence. For more information, please refer to the Course Waiver section of the Keller academic catalog.
Earning a graduate degree online can have many benefits, allowing you to balance work, family, school and other commitments to easily suit your busy life. In addition, studies have shown that a graduate degree can lead to higher earning potential. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, on average, individuals with a graduate degree can earn nearly double the amount as those with only a high school diploma.
Here are more potential benefits of pursuing your online graduate degree:
The flexibility to study when and where you want.
Gain the skills, knowledge and expertise that can help you pursue the career you want.
Network with peers around the country through our online student community.
No time spent commuting to and from campus.
Ability to complete coursework and assignments any time of day, any day of the week.
Earn your degree while continuing to work full-time.
Get more answers to your questions about online graduate programs from our Graduate Program Questions list.
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In New York, DeVry University operates as DeVry College of New York. DeVry University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), www.hlcommission.org. The University’s Keller Graduate School of Management is included in this accreditation. DeVry is certified to operate by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. Arlington Campus: 1400 Crystal Dr., Ste. 120, Arlington, VA 22202. DeVry University is authorized for operation as a postsecondary educational institution by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, www.tn.gov/thec. Naperville Campus: 1200 E. Diehl Rd., Naperville, IL 60563. Unresolved complaints may be reported to the Illinois Board of Higher Education through the online compliant system https://complaints.ibhe.org/. View DeVry University’s complaint process https://www.devry.edu/compliance/student-complaint-procedure.html Program availability varies by location. In site-based programs, students will be required to take a substantial amount of coursework online to complete their program.
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