The MAS (Leadership) program is taught on the DeKalb campus only. Occasionally, it is possible that one or more of the business electives may need to be taken at an off-campus location. There is an additional off-campus fee added to tuition for off-campus courses.
Master of Accounting Science (MAS)
In our nationally ranked Master of Accounting Science (Leadership) program, you'll learn to integrate professional accounting knowledge with leadership and professional skills. Our graduate faculty members will prepare you for success in today’s complex business environment.
Most classes are offered during the day, while a few are offered in the early evening. Summer Phase II accountancy courses will begin one or two weeks after spring semester ends.
Yes, students are admitted and begin taking classes in the summer, fall and spring terms.
Contact Steve Kispert, MAS advisor, at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
Full-time status is nine hours per semester. A normal course load for a fall or spring semester is 12 hours, and a normal course load for summer is six hours. Contact Steve Kispert, MAS advisor, at email@example.com for additional information.
A full-time master's program is very challenging and we recommend that you do not work.
|Spring 2018 Admission||Data Analytics|
|Financial Reporting and Assurance|
|Fall 2017 Admission||Data Analytics|
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|Summer 2017 Admission||Financial Reporting and Assurance|
|Spring 2017 Admission||Financial Reporting and Assurance|
|Fall 2016 Admission||Financial Reporting and Assurance|
|Summer 2016 Admission||Financial Reporting and Assurance|
Earning your MAS (Leadership) degree fulfills all educational requirements to be eligible to sit for the CPA exam as dictated by the Illinois Board of Examiners (IBOE).
As of July 1, 2013, you may begin sitting for the CPA exam during your last semester in the MAS (Leadership) program (in other words, in the semester during which you are going to earn your MAS (Leadership) degree). The Illinois Board of Examiners (IBOE) refers to this as "provisional" status - allowing you to count the semester hours in your final semester classes in order to meet their requirements even though you have not completed those courses. You may only request "provisional" status once and final transcripts documenting your successful completion of those courses must be received by the IBOE within 120 days after you sit for a section of the CPA exam.
The Ernst & Young Leadership and Professional Development Center offers workshops and events designed to enhance your leadership and professional skills. The professional development activities are required for graduation from the MAS (Leadership) program.
In addition to scheduled workshops, the center provides access to trained professionals who will help you work toward career success. The center is open most weekdays as a place for study groups and meetings. Contact us at eyLPDC@niu.edu.
Services and Activities
- Paper critiques
- Presentation critiques and video feedback
- Resume critiques
- Self-awareness development
- Mock interviews
- Team building challenge
- Communication and leadership workshops
- The Second City Improvisational Workshop
- Communication and leadership resource library
- Workshop registration
- Workshop progress check
- Admin login
We offer a nationally ranked program for a competitive price - less than the cost of other Illinois graduate accounting programs. Costs presented below are for in-state students.
|Graduate Accountancy Programs||2016-2017 Cost|
|Master of Accounting Science (MAS) (30 credit hours)||$24,573|
|University of Illinois at Chicago||$31,896|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (MSA)||$44,250|
To determine individual semester calculations, including calculations for out-of-state costs, use the NIU Planning and Cost Estimator.
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