Saint Xavier University Graham School of Management

Graduate Programs

Master of Science in Accounting

Why Earn Your M.S. in Accounting?

Accounting is the language of business and speaking the language positions you to excel in your career. Earning your M.S. in Accounting at the Graham School of Management provides you with the leading edge skills and knowledge required to be a successful professional, whether you are looking to sit for the CPA exam or changing career paths.


Individuals with an undergraduate degree in accounting can complete their M.S. in Accounting in one year. For those with an undergraduate degree in some other area, we offer a two-year program that provides both a Certificate in Accounting and the M.S. in Accounting.

In addition to preparing our students to excel in their careers, the GSM M.S. in Accounting, combined with an undergraduate degree, satisfies Illinois's 150-hour requirement to sit for the CPA exam. Our wide-selection of fraud related courses also prepares students to sit for the Certified Fraud Examiner exam.

Please review the program requirements and course descriptions in the SXU Academic Catalog for more detailed information.


Our small class sizes allow you to work closely with faculty, learning technical and demanding accounting topics. Combined with our online course, our 8-week hybrid courses are offered evenings and weekends, which is ideal for students who work full time while advancing their professional skills and credentials.

Professional Outcomes

Graham School of Management M.S. in Accounting alumni have gone on to work for the following companies:

M.S. in Accounting 4-Plus-1

If you are completing your BBA in accounting and have your sights set on becoming a certified public accountant (CPA), there is no more direct route to the exam than the 4-plus-1 approach. You can earn your M.S. in Accounting and be ready to sit for the CPA exam following your undergrad degree. Students completing their undergraduate degree at SXU are automatically accepted into the program if they meet certain criteria.

Contact Us

For more information, to set up a campus visit or sit in on a class, please contact the Office of Graduate Admission at or call 773-298-3053.