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 credit hours:

Core Courses (18 credit hours):

  • Advanced Managerial Accounting
  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • Advanced Auditing
  • Advanced Taxation
  • Current Issues in the Accounting Profession
  • Research and Analysis of Ethical Issues in the Accounting Profession

Accounting Discipline Elective (3 credit hours):

Choose from the following:

  • Accounting Seminar: Special Managerial and Financial Accounting Issues
  • Independent Study and Research
  • Graduate Internship
  • Financial Statement Analysis I

Non-Accounting Electives (9 credit hours):

Choose from the following:

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

Other courses may be approved by the MAC program coordination in consultation with the MAC student and the Department Chair of Accounting. Students will also engage in two required co-curricular activities of professional and service participation while in the program.

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


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Admissions Requirements

  • Completed application & $50 application fee
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field with 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Must include coursework in external financial reporting issues, managerial accounting for decision-making, principles of taxation, auditing, and accounting information systems
  • Official transcripts from all educational institutions attended
  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement. See application for specific requirements
  • Two letters of recommendation from persons other than friends or family members who can speak to your performance in an academic or professional setting
  • GMAT score may be required (see policy below)


A personal interview may be requested in addition to the above requirements. The interview may be conducted in-person or virtually.

International applicants


GMAT Policy

You are not required to provide a GMAT score to apply if you have work experience, a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA, and a bachelor’s or higher degree from a U.S. institution.

If your cumulative GPA is less than 3.0, or if you have not received a bachelor’s or higher degree from a U.S. institution, you will be required to provide a GMAT score.

Regardless of applicant’s cumulative GPA, the admissions committee reserves the right to require an applicant to submit a GMAT score if there are concerns regarding the student’s achievement across all math, statistics, economics and finance courses previously completed.

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

Start Classes in Apply By
August August 1
February January 10
May May 1

state licensure requirement

Obtaining the CPA license is a two step process involving education and experience. The accounting programs within the Heider College of Business meet the statutory and regulatory ​education requirements to sit for the CPA examination in the State of Nebraska, and through advising, the specific educational requirements to sit for the CPA examination imposed by the remaining 54 jurisdictions that oversee the practice of public accounting. Licensure as a CPA following completion of the CPA examination depends upon meeting varying amounts of supervised experience as stipulated by each of the 55 jurisdictions. ​In some states licensure also requires additional educational requirements beyond those needed to sit for the CPA exam. In those situations, the accounting programs within the Heider College, through advising, meet those additional expectations.

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