Master of Science in Accountancy Program: Curriculum
At Benedictine University, our advanced accounting courses prepare you for senior-level roles and long-term career success. The curriculum stresses communication and presentation while dealing directly with the legal and ethical issues that surround the industry.
You will emerge ready to take charge and lead your organization toward financial success that's environmentally responsible, socially beneficial and economically viable (i.e., Triple Bottom Line success1). In addition, our online accounting courses are aligned with the CPA exam and, in Illinois, they fulfill all 30 required hours*.
The program consists of 10 classes and 30 credit hours. The Foundations Courses** are required for those who do not have an undergraduate degree in accounting.
MSA 500 Financial Accounting (3 Credits)
Explore the preparation, interpretation, and analysis of the balance sheet, income statement, and cash flows. You will examine the rationale for and implications of important accounting concepts, the selection of alternatively acceptable accounting methods, and their varying effects of valuation and net income determination and reporting. You'll gain an understanding of the many analytical tools utilized to explore complex accounting information in your role as a vital manager or executive in a global organization.
MSA 601 Managerial Accounting (3 Credits)
Understand the measurement, communication and interpretation of accounting information for management decision-making, planning, control and evaluation of results.
The course material will put you in the role of an internal consultant that will explore the context of the extensive changes being implemented in manufacturing, service delivery technologies and control systems. This course uses case studies to emphasize the application of concepts. Prerequisite: MSA 500.
MSA 603 Cost Analysis, Profit Planning and Control (3 Credits)
Builds on the material mastered in MBA 601. Emphasis is placed on profit planning, strategy, and the behavioral aspects of accounting information. Useful for those pursuing careers in professional accounting or finance, and managers requiring a sophisticated knowledge of financial statements as a result of bottom-line responsibility.