Accounting Excellence Based in Ethical Leadership

With Duquesne's Master of Science in Accountancy (MAcc) degree, expand your career opportunities and maximize your earning potential. Our MAcc degree, distinct among auditing and accounting programs in Pennsylvania, equips accounting professionals, expert analysts and compelling ethical business leaders.

The Duquesne University Master of Science in Accountancy program is accredited by AACSB International and ranked well by the Princeton Review.

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In-Demand Graduate Accounting Curriculum

The MS in Accountancy from Duquesne offers a competitive curriculum built upon the educational cornerstones of small class sizes, hands-on learning, ethical problem-solving, and individualized attention from faculty and mentors. Our MAcc degree program contains a breadth of courses in areas like forensic accounting, auditing, financial reporting, and information systems. 

Our graduate accounting degree program starts in the fall semester and can be completed in one year with daytime and evening courses or in two years with evening courses. This structure provides flexibility for you to build your degree around your professional commitments. Duquesne's proximity to downtown Pittsburgh is convenient for working professionals to take evening classes near their workplace.

Many of our MAcc graduates choose to take the CPA Exam and are well-prepared to do so. Students should visit the NASBA website for state-specific CPA exam eligibility requirements, to ensure preparedness for post-graduation plans.

Learn More About Duquesne's MAcc Degree

Accelerate your professional potential with a Master of Science in Accountancy degree that centers your career development, equips you for accounting and auditing licensures, and grows your capacity to thrive long-term. This competitive accounting program in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania prepares expert business leaders in internationally recognized organizations like Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and FedEx.

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Dr. Amy Yurko, associate professor of Accounting on how a Master of Science in Accountancy from Duquesne University prepares you for a rewarding career.

Program Information

Expand your career opportunities and maximize your earning potential. Our MAcc degree, distinct among auditing and accounting programs in Pennsylvania, equips accounting professionals, expert analysts, and compelling ethical business leaders.

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"Duquesne's MAcc program focuses on preparation for the CPA exam. In addition, the small class sizes and interaction with professors and executives in Pittsburgh made the decision to pursue a MAcc a no-brainer for me."

Sean Bogosta MAcc 2015, Senior Consultant, EY People Advisory Services

Preparation for Professional Accounting Certification

Propel your career to new heights-and more than $220K increased earning potential-with an optional professional certification. Your MAcc degree can be combined with your undergraduate degree to meet the 150 academic credits required for Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensure in Pennsylvania and many other states. You can also pursue Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), and Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) licensures.

Duquesne's Master of Science in Accountancy graduates excel on certification exams, with pass rates exceeding state and national averages on the CPA exam. In addition to professional licensures, you will join a network of alumni in positions with international Big Four accounting firms, national and regional CPA firms, corporations, government agencies and nonprofit organizations.

The criteria to sit for the CPA exam varies by state. Visit the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy website to learn more. 

IIA Accredited Program

Duquesne is recognized as a certified school of internal auditing by the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA). Of the 30+ USA-based schools on the global certification list, Duquesne's Palumbo-Donahue School of Business-under which the MAcc offers a degree in auditing-is currently the only IIA-certified graduate accounting program in the state of Pennsylvania.

Course Descriptions

The 30-credit Master of Science in Accountancy consists of 24 credits of required courses and 6 credits of electives.

3 credits

This course highlights a number of important controls that prevent fraud and abuse, explores the most common asset theft fraud schemes, and teaches the detective skills needed to determine if inappropriate events have taken place. Proper interviewing and interrogation tactics are instructed and students are able to practice their skills while they conduct a simulated fraud interview. Financial statement fraud is reviewed to ensure that students are aware of red flags and can properly identify suspicious activities. Analysis of ethical reporting through whistleblowing hot lines and Dodd Frank Act is included, as is an understanding of public companies, external auditors and the SEC, PCAOB requirements. A focus on ethical decision making and accurate financial statement reporting as well as other reports such as sustainability is part of the course's content.

3 credits

The course will cover internal audit from a broad perspective that includes business information, business processes, and accounting systems. Topics include internal auditing standards, risk assessment, governance, ethics, audit techniques, and emerging issues. The course covers the design of business processes and the implementation of key control concepts and uses a case study approach that addresses tactical, strategic, systems, and operational areas. Business improvements in the effectiveness and efficiency of business processes and controls are covered in the areas of operations, finance and technology. An understanding of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) International Professional Practices Framework (IPPF) are integrated.

This course will help students to understand many of the concepts tested on the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) as well as components of the CPA exam including controls and fraud prevention. There are no prerequisites or concurrent courses that are required but a understanding of general auditing is recommended. 

3 credits

This course exposes students to the various periodic financial reporting requirements for publicly held companies as well as financial statement requirements for companies in the process of going public. Through actual SEC filings and case studies, the course illustrates a wide range of SEC reporting requirements. Current SEC developments will also be discussed. 
3 credits

Business operations generate large amounts of data. Knowing how to extract, analyze, and interpret financial information is critical for effective decision-making. This course introduces strategies and methods for developing meaningful business intelligence to assist managers in making decisions in complex decision environments.
3 credits

This course sits at the intersection of information systems, business management, and accounting. Effective management and monitoring of the information systems control environment is critical to the achievement of business goals because it allows management to anticipate and control for threats to its information systems infrastructure. As such, this course provides auditors and other accounting professionals with essential knowledge of the role of information systems in modern business organizations, specifically with regard to the governance, risk and compliance (GRC) issues surrounding information systems and technologies. This includes an examination of IS and data governance, IT risk and control concepts, and various technology-related compliance issues and standards. The course also provides hands-on exposure to specific software applications representing emerging and increasingly important technologies. 
3 credits

Advanced Financial Reporting is a continuation of the two-course undergraduate Intermediate Accounting sequence. In this course, students examine major theoretical concepts for some of the more sophisticated topics underlying external financial reporting, including income taxes, leases, and pensions. In addition, students will utilize the Financial Accounting Standards Board's Codification to research guidance on the proper reporting of transactions and events in conformance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
3 credits

This is a graduate-level accounting course designed to provide the students with a detailed understanding of the accounting and reporting for state and local governments in accordance with pronouncements issued by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB). Additionally, the course will also cover the unique accounting and financial reporting needs of governmental and non-governmental non-profit organizations.
3 credits

Significant and rapid changes in the business environment are impacting the financial reporting and analysis that management uses to make business decisions. In this course, selected ongoing and emerging financial accounting issues are studied, emphasizing conceptual and practical aspects of the question. Examples of topics covered include: Corporate Governance, Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Reporting, Executive Compensation, Non-GAAP Measures, Cybersecurity Controls, and Audit Committee Policies and Procedures. It is intended that this course be conducted in "real-time." As such, the course topics may be adjusted quickly to address breaking issues facing the business community.

Prerequisite: ACCT 811

Beta Alpha Psi

Beta Alpha Psi is the premier national honorary accounting fraternity. Less than 5% of The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International accredited schools eligible for membership have achieved active status. The fraternity sponsors professional growth and development programs, as well as community and University service activities.


Certification is highly recommended in the accounting profession. Many certifications exist that offer credentialing in specific areas of expertise within accounting. Our MAcc will help prepare you for the licensure exams listed below: Research shows that CPAs earning potential is $220K to $1.2M more than non-CPAs depending on when they earn their CPA and the size of firm for which they work - Journal of Accountancy.

Anyone interested in becoming a public accountant must become licensed by passing the CPA. The American Institute of CPAs governs the Uniform CPA exam to ensure appropriate licensing and professionalism in this discipline.
The Institute of Management Accountants is dedicated to re-balancing the accountancy profession by educating society regarding the business-building role of management accountants and finance professionals working inside organizations.
The CIA is administered by the Institute of Internal Auditors and is globally accepted by employers as the premier certification for professionalism and competence in the area of internal auditing practices.
The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners is an anti-fraud organization committed to reducing fraud around the globe and promoting the integrity of its members. The exam seeks to identify expertise in prevention, detection, and deterrence of fraud, a skill that is increasingly sought after by employers across all industries.
The CISA is a global standard for information systems auditing professionals. The exam identifies technical expertise in the area of IS auditing, control and security.