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.
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.
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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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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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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.
The 30-credit Master of Science in Accountancy consists of 24 credits of required courses and 6 credits of electives.
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.
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- Financial Accounting
- Managerial Accounting
- Intermediate Accounting I
- Intermediate Accounting II
*Students interested in becoming a CPA in the state of Pennsylvania are recommended
to complete a class in taxation to fulfill the state's licensing requirements. A B
average or better in all accounting courses is required for admissions consideration.
Applicants who opt to take a Pass/No Pass grade in a prerequisite course during Spring 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic will still be considered for admission into the program. The review committee will evaluate applications on a case-by-case basis, taking into account the totality of a student's academic record and other admission packet material.
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.