Online Master of Accountancy

Get the skills you need to pass the CPA exam and advance your career.

  • 100% online.
  • AACSB-accredited.
  • 33 credit hours:$820.72 per credit hour.
  • Graduate in two years part time.

As tax laws continue to evolve, accounting is a consistently high-demand field — 1.4 million jobs and growing — according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. When you graduate from the 100% online Master of Accountancy (MAC) program from Northern Illinois University (NIU), you’ll have an enhanced understanding of the accountancy field and be qualified to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination.* This part-time program is designed for working professionals who want to earn their degree while maintaining professional commitments.

*Out-of-state students will have a master’s degree that fulfils requirements to take exam in most states. Check your state’s requirements for details.

NIU's undergraduate and graduate accountancy programs are ranked among the top 25 best in the nation.1

Program Highlights

  • Quick Degree. Complete the program in just two years part time or earn your degree at your own pace.
  • Affordable Tuition. At $820.72 per credit hour, students benefit from a competitive tuition.
  • AACSB-accredited Program. The NIU College of Business is among an elite 4% of business schools worldwide to hold AACSB International accreditation at all levels.
  • Reputation for Excellence. The Department of Accountancy has a reputation for developing high-performing graduates, and students benefit from regular recruiting efforts.
  • Expert Faculty. The faculty in this program bring real-world experience to the classroom and are among the top professionals in the Chicago area.
  • CPA Exam Prep. NIU's 2018 first-time National Association of State Boards of Accountancy CPA exam pass rate for graduate students was 63%, well above the national average.

Curriculum: Prepare for the CPA Exam and Beyond

The courses in this program are designed to provide graduate students with foundational knowledge for success in the accounting field. The MAC will help you develop industry-standard skill sets and enhance your understanding of accounting’s role in successful organizations. The curriculum was created alongside expert faculty to help students meet CPA exam requirements.

Most of our faculty practiced accounting before coming to NIU, making them uniquely qualified to bring real-world accounting skills into the classroom. They have a firsthand understanding of what it’s like to work as a professional accountant, and they bring that practical experience — in the form of technical skills, interpersonal communication, time management and more — to their teaching.

Curriculum

By the time you graduate, you’ll be qualified to sit for the CPA exam and pursue licensure in the state of Illinois and beyond. Check your specific state’s requirements for details.

Career Outlook: Lead with Professional Accounting Experience

Mastering an advanced accounting skillset can prepare you for in-demand career opportunities as an auditor, financial analyst, CFO and more. As an accounting professional, you’ll use the experience you gain in this program to analyze financial processes, make strategic decisions and improve business outcomes. Possible career options include the following:

  • Accountants and Auditors3
    • $70,500 average salary.
    • Top 10% earn more than $122,840.
    • 6% job growth.
  • Budget Analysts4
    • $76,220 average salary.
    • Top 10% earn more than $116,300.
    • 4% job growth.
  • Financial Analysts5
    • $85,660 average salary.
    • Top 10% earn more than $167,420.
    • 6% job growth.
  • Financial Managers6
    • $127,990 average salary.
    • Top 10% earn more than $208,000.
    • 16% job growth.

This degree gives you the accounting expertise you need to make a career change or continue your current path with a valuable industry credential that opens professional doors. Students in this program have access to career support resources, including Huskies Get Hired, a career platform and online database. They can also attend NIU’s Accountancy Career Fairs twice a year to connect with potential employers in person.

Why NIU Online?

At NIU, our mission is to promote excellence and engagement in teaching and learning, research and scholarship, creativity and artistry, and outreach and service. Now, you can be a part of our educational community, no matter where you are.

Gain access to coursework, instructors and classmates from anywhere. We make it easy to keep up with your responsibilities and commitments while working toward your career goals. At NIU, your future is our focus.

Learn More

If you have any questions about the online Master of Accountancy from NIU, request more information using the form on this page.

SOURCES:

1Accounting Program Rankings. Department of Accountancy Rankings and RecognitionDepartment of Accountancy Rankings and Recognition. 2015.
2CPA Exam Pass Rates. National Association of State Boards of AccountancyNational Association of State Boards of Accountancy. 2015-2017.
3U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (January 2020). Accountants and Auditors. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved on January 14, 2020, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/accountants-and-auditors.htm#tab-1https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/accountants-and-auditors.htm#tab-1.
4U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (January 2020). Budget Analysts. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved on January 14, 2020, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/budget-analysts.htm#tab-1https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/budget-analysts.htm#tab-1.
5U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (January 2020). Financial Analysts. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved on January 14, 2020, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/financial-analysts.htm#tab-1https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/financial-analysts.htm#tab-1.
6U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (January 2020). Financial Managers. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved on January 14, 2020, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/financial-managers.htm#tab-1https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/financial-managers.htm#tab-1.
7U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. (January 2020). Top Executives. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved on January 14, 2020, from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/top-executives.htm#tab-1https://www.bls.gov/ooh/management/top-executives.htm#tab-1.