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Master's Degree

Master's Degree in Accounting

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Do you already have an undergraduate degree in accounting? If so, you can prepare for the CPA Exam while earning your Master's Degree in Accounting from  DeVry University’s Keller Graduate School of Management.

This program is designed for those who want to earn a master's degree while preparing for the CPA Exam. Select coursework within the curriculum integrates elements of Becker Professional Education’s CPA Exam Review, helping you learn key concepts and skills needed to pursue your CPA certification.

You can earn your Master's Degree in Accounting online or in a hybrid online and in-person format, allowing you to choose whichever works best for your schedule.

Get to Know Our Master's Degree in Accounting

When you partner with DeVry and Keller to earn your Master’s Degree in Accounting, you’ll gain hands-on experience with current accounting concepts. Coursework is taught by professors who are working professionals in the field, and elements of our courses are designed to build on the skills learned from undergraduate programs.

If you're interested in a CPA credential, our program integrates elements of Becker Professional Education's CPA Exam Review.

For over 50 years, Becker has been a leader in CPA review, preparing over 1,000,000 candidates for the CPA Exam. And because Becker’s powerful exam review is infused into our Keller Graduate School of Management's CPA preparation courses, you can prepare for the CPA Exam and earn your master's degree simultaneously. When combined, this can help you save time and tuition. Additionally, you can earn academic credits that may help satisfy the sitting and/or licensing requirements in your state. Most state boards of accountancy require 150 credit hours of post-secondary education in order to sit for the CPA exam. Check with your state board of accountancy for eligibility requirements.1

Classes Start Every 8 Weeks

Earn your Master’s Degree in Accounting in as little as 1 year + 8 months*—or even more quickly with qualifying transfer credits.

*Not including breaks. Assumes year-round, full-time enrollment.
Knowledge & Skills

What You'll Learn

The Master’s Degree in Accounting program covers the following:

  • Accounting Theory and Practices
    Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of accounting theory and apply that knowledge to specific accounting practices in a global economy.
  • Material Needed to Pursue Professional Licensure
    Gain a comprehensive understanding of advanced accounting theory and practice to pursue professional licensure.
  • Advanced Accounting Studies
    Grow beyond CPA licensure by gaining additional knowledge in areas such as financial accounting and reporting issues, federal taxes and management decisions, auditing, and managerial accounting issues.
  • Accounting Regulations and Standards
    Measure outcomes using existing measurement criteria such as Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), Other Common Basis of Accounting (OCBOA), Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulations, International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) or other non-authoritative measurement tools.
  • Accounting Research
    Learn to identify research problems and authoritative sources, develop search criteria, gather and evaluate data, and formulate conclusions to assist with managerial decision-making in the areas of financial accounting, tax and audit.

Pursue the Future You Want

Keller’s Master’s in Accounting degree program integrates elements of Becker Professional Education’s industry-leading CPA exam prep into its curriculum.


Accreditation Matters

Accredited** by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)


Career Opportunities

Graduates of our Master’s Degree in Accounting can consider careers such as:
  • Accountant

  • Accounting Manager

  • Auditor

  • Budget Analyst

  • Director of Financial Planning 

  • Director of Financial Reporting †

  • Director of Taxation 

  • Financial Analyst

  • Forensic Accountant Fraud Investigator 

  • Internal Auditor

  • International Accounting Specialist 

  • Budget Director

  • Controller 

  • Credit Analyst

  • Director of Corporate Strategy

  • Management Accountant

  • Merger and Acquisitions Analyst

  • Payroll Manager

  • Risk Manager

  • Strategic Planner

  • Tax Examiner Collector

  • Tax Manager and Revenue Agent

Learn more about
Careers in Accounting
Program Courses

Master's Degree in Accounting

Program-Specific Courses2
CPA Exam Preparation: Auditing and Attestation
CPA Exam Preparation: Business Environment and Concepts
CPA Exam Preparation: Financial Accounting and Reporting
CPA Exam Preparation: Regulation
Core Degree Courses
Current Issues in Accounting
Professional Research for Accountants
Students choose from among the ACCT and FIN courses.

Students may choose any courses for which they meet the prerequisite(s).

Accounting Capstone

FAQs: Master’s Degree in Accounting Program

A master's degree in accounting is a graduate-level degree that you may be eligible to earn after earning a bachelor's degree in accounting. You can earn an online Master's Degree in Accounting right here at DeVry! This degree can help prepare you to pursue taking the CPA Exam1 and may also prepare you to pursue a variety of accounting positions.

A master's in accounting can help you prepare to take the first steps toward a career in the accounting field.1 Once you've received a Master's Degree in Accounting from DeVry, you'll be able to  consider pursuing taking the CPA Exam, with help from our Becker Professional Education's CPA Exam Review that is directly integrated into the program. You may also be able to pursue other accounting credential exams, though those are not specifically covered by this Master's Degree in Accounting program.1

Here at DeVry, you can earn your Master’s Degree in Accounting online in as little as 1 year + 8 months*—or even more quickly with qualifying transfer credits.

*Not including breaks. Assumes year-round, full-time enrollment.

Abimbola Rotibi
Master Degree in Accounting & Financial Management with Certified Public Accountant, 2022
For the past year, I have been searching for employment and responding to open jobs but have not received feedback on my applications. After meeting with DeVry's Career Advisor, I feel like I can use the information they shared to improve my resume. Thank you DeVry!

Admission Requirement

To be admitted to the Master of Science in Accounting degree program, applicants must provide evidence of one of the following:

  • A Bachelor's Degree in Accounting

  • A Bachelor's Degree with a specialization in Accounting or Finance

  • Successful completion of all parts of the CPA exam

  • A CPA license

For complete admissions requirements, please see our academic catalog.

Want to know more? Request information and a member of our team can help answer your questions.

Academic Catalog
2022 - 2023 Academic Catalog
Program Guides
Program Overview
Capstone Project

Programs vary by location. For specific program details for Pennsylvania, refer to:
Pennsylvania catalog
Coursework - Master's Degree in Accounting for Pennsylvania residents
**Conferral and Assessment Data - Available for all of DeVry and Keller's ACBSP accredited programs. For a full list of DeVry University's business and accounting degree programs accredited by ACBSP, please see the Accreditation page.
Note: For those wishing to pursue CPA certification, the CPA exam-preparation courses (ACCT591, ACCT592, ACCT593 and ACCT594) are recommended.
Note: All students planning to sit for the CPA exam in Texas should follow the academic plan outlined in the academic catalog. Students planning to sit for the CPA exam in Texas should note that a significant percentage of coursework must be completed successfully onsite.
1Credits and degrees earned from this institution do not automatically qualify the holder to participate in professional licensing exams to practice certain professions. Persons interested in practicing a regulated profession must contact the appropriate state regulatory agency for their field of interest.
Coursework may qualify for credit towards the State Board of Accountancy requirements. However, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the state board of accountancy for the jurisdiction in which they are applying to determine whether they have completed the appropriate credit hours and coursework to qualify to take the CPA exam.
Employees of DeVry University and its Keller Graduate School of Management are not in a position to determine an individual’s eligibility to take the CPA exam or satisfy licensing
New York students should contact the NYSED Office of Professions regarding professional licensure.
2Students that do not wish to pursue the CPA certificate must complete 9 CH from among ACCT courses listed in the catalog.

All students enrolled in site-based programs will be required to take some coursework online and, for some programs and locations, a substantial portion of the program may be required to be completed online.