Accounting (Master of Accounting)

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Carve your own path in accounting.

Are you looking to advance your career in accounting? Do you want to sit for the CPA exam in the near future? If so, Creighton University’s Master of Accounting program may be a great fit for you.

Backed by Creighton’s prestigious and accredited Heider College of Business, our master’s in accounting will help you gain the knowledge and skills you need to take your career in accounting to the next level. Our master’s of accounting is accredited by the Accounting Accreditation Committee of the AACSB.

Prepare yourself for what lies ahead.

In this program, you’ll gain a broad understanding of the accounting profession, what it stands for and what it means to become an accounting professional. You’ll also be poised to contribute toward the advancement of ideals in the field.

If you’re interested in earning your CPA or other professional accounting designation, Creighton can help you get there. We’ll design your journey around the knowledge and requirements you need to sit for the CPA or other professional exam.

Set yourself apart from your peers.

Employment of accountants and auditors is projected to grow 11.5 percent over the next ten years, with a median annual salary of $66,165. Job candidates with a master’s degree will have a competitive edge in the job market – 42 percent of employers report plans to hire Master of Accounting graduates in 2017, up from 39 percent in 2016. Typical job titles for graduates of this program include:

  • Accountant
  • Auditor
  • Financial Analyst
  • Tax Manager
  • Tax Associate
  • Tax Analyst
  • Accounting Analyst

Sources: Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI) – October 2017; Graduate Management Admissions Council, Corporate Recruiters Survey Report 2017


To earn the Master of Accounting degree at Creighton University, you must complete 33 credits:

Required Graduate Business Courses (9 hours):

  • Leadership & Organizational Behavior
  • Business Policy & Managerial Action
  • Business, Ethics & Society


Required Accounting Courses (6 hours):

  • Historical Development of & Current Issues in the Accountancy Profession
  • Research Appreciation
  • Technology for the Professional Accountant
  • Accounting Ethics and Codes of Professional Conduct


Accounting Electives (select 12 credits):

  • Special Managerial Accounting Issues
  • Advanced Accounting
  • Advanced Auditing
  • International Accounting
  • Advanced Taxation
  • Seminar in Accounting
  • Tax Theory & Business Decisions
  • Accounting Seminar: Special Managerial & Financial Accounting Issues
  • Internal Auditing: Assurance & Consulting Services
  • Corporate Governance
  • Current Issues in Managerial Accounting
  • Independent Study & Research
  • Graduate Internship
  • Financial Statement Analysis I

Non-Accounting Electives (select 6 credits):

  • Investment Value & Theory
  • Seminar in Applied Managerial Economics
  • Seminar in Applied Economics
  • Marketing Management
  • International Business Operations
  • Managing Information Resources
  • Cybersecurity
  • Business Process Management
  • Fixed Income & Derivatives I
  • Economics of Investment Management
  • Equity Analysis
  • Advanced Financial Analysis
  • Seminar in Management
  • Independent Study & Research


Goals of the program along with a full course listing can be found in Creighton’s course catalog.


Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting from an accredited institution OR an undergraduate degree in business from an accredited institution
  • Equivalent of the following courses:
    • External Financial Reporting Issues
    • Managerial Accounting for Decision-Making
    • Principles of Taxation
    • Auditing
    • Accounting Information Systems
  • Completed application & $50 application fee
  • Official transcripts from all colleges & universities attended
  • Personal essay discussing how a master’s degree fits within the applicant’s career objectives
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Acceptable GMAT score:
    • We do not require a minimum score on the GMAT. We use the following formula to determine an applicant’s eligibility for admission:
      • Cumulative undergraduate GPA x 200 + GMAT score
      • Resulting score must be 1,100 or higher, though a score of 1,100 does not guarantee admission to the program


International Students
In addition to the admissions requirements listed above, international applicants must submit an official TOEFL score report, unless they have earned a bachelor’s degree in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada (excluding French Quebec), Africa (English speaking only), Australia or New Zealand. The minimum acceptable TOEFL score is 90 on the internet-based test. The IELTS may be substituted for the TOEFL provided an applicant’s overall band score is at least 6.5 with no sub-score below 6.

International applicants must also request an International Credential Evaluation for CPA Examination and/or Licensure from the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy. Students may apply for the evaluation at

Finally, all international applicants must provide a Certification of Available Finances form in order for an I-20 form to be issues by the Global Engagement Office if an applicant is admitted to the program.

Read more about admissions requirements in the course catalog.

Tuition & Scholarships

Financial Aid

To help make your graduate studies at Creighton University more affordable, we encourage you to apply for financial assistance, as well as for graduate student scholarships and fellowships. Here’s how to apply for financial assistance.


Learn more:
Tuition and Fees
Financial Aid
Scholarships offered by the University
Scholarships offered by third parties

For questions about financial aid, contact:
gpfinaid [at] creighton [dot] edu

Important Dates & Deadlines

Program Start Dates
June, August, October, January, March

Application Deadlines
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year. Application materials must be received at least two weeks prior to your intended start date.

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