Become a leader in a growing field. Our 100% online MSA prepares you for the CPA examination so you're ready to excel in a rewarding career as an accountant.
Become a Leader in the Accounting Field

The Brennan School of Business, one of Chicago’s leading AACSB accredited business schools, has designed a 10-course Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) program for students who do not possess an undergraduate degree in accounting. The rigor of the 100% online program provides students the skills necessary to thrive in public accounting or private industry and the knowledge and resources required to pass the CPA examination after graduation. Students seeking to transition into the accounting field will learn how a professional accountant may assume a variety of roles in business including taxation, forensic and fraud accounting, internal auditing, and governmental and non-profit accounting. Students will have the unique opportunity to engage with faculty and classmates in a supportive and values-based environment.

Why a Brennan MSA? The focus is on you.

You'll benefit from:

  • A single point-of-contact for all admission, financial aid and course scheduling questions.
  • Direct access to your professor in every course.
  • A cohort model allowing collaborations with classmates and fostering a network of professional relationships that may last a lifetime.
  • Flexibility to complete the 100% online curriculum—10 eight-week courses—in as few as 12 months.
  • Supplementary content from a leading CPA exam review company at substantial discounts and continual access until completion of the CPA exam.
  • Content-specific ethical dimensions across the MSA curriculum.
  • A degree from an AACSB-accredited business school—a designation reserved for the top 5% of business schools worldwide.
  • Meeting the 150-hour educational requirement to become a CPA in most states. Specific course requirements to sit for the CPA exam do vary by state so please check with the licensing board in the state you intend to practice.
  • Opportunities to work with faculty and career professionals within the Brennan School to secure internships and full-time positions after graduation in industry and CPA firms. Brennan regularly places students at Big Four firms (Deloitte, KPMG, PwC, and EY) and other CPA firms, large (e.g., Plante Moran, RSM, BKD) and small.
International Applicants

Student visas cannot be issued for online education. International students can only participate if doing so from their home country.


This program is appropriate for students with an undergraduate degree in any discipline other than accounting. An undergraduate course in financial accounting is required for admission to the MSA with a grade of B or better. No GMAT required. No work experience required.

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