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Master of Accounting Science (Leadership)

Master of Accounting Science (Leadership)

The Master of Accounting Science (Leadership) program includes academic experiences in leadership combined with a variety of assessment tools and required professional development experiences. These experiences will allow students to learn and apply the management theories, principles, and analytical methods needed to understand and execute effective business practices, as both an individual and a member of a team. In addition, students will gain the ability to lead a team and manage people and influence others' thinking and actions to achieve organizational goals.

The video below captures some comments regarding leadership made by Bob Moritz, the Chairman and Senior Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers, at the national meeting of accounting department chairs in 2010.

Professional Skills

These leadership experiences complement the balance of our 30 semester hour program which provides students with foundational accountancy knowledge that is not covered in an undergraduate program and essential business knowledge from the strategy, information technology, and financial management areas. Additionally, the program includes a research skills course and a capstone course in which accountancy and business knowledge is integrated and applied to business decision-making scenarios.

Classes Held in State-of-the-Art Building

The MAS (Leadership) program is a day time program in Barsema Hall at the DeKalb campus. Most courses are offered during the day, while a few are offered early evening. The College of Business provides several computer labs and smart classrooms that enrich the student learning environment.

Professional Internships Encouraged

The internship program is designed to give qualified applicants valuable work experience in accounting. Internships for academic credit are available with leading public and corporate firms during the spring and summer terms. Internship income may be used to help offset the cost of the MAS (Leadership) program. learn more...

Costs Are Competitive

The MAS (Leadership) program at NIU is very affordable. The requirements for the degree can typically be met with in-state tuition and fees for under $22,120 (2014-2015 estimate).

A few scholarships are available for graduate students. In addition, graduate assistantships are available to assist students financially. A normal course load for a graduate or teaching assistantship is nine-twelve semester hours. Positions are usually 10 to 20 hours per week. The position covers tuition only and pays a stipend. The assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis. Contact Dr. John Simon, the Director of Graduate Financial Assistance, for further details.

Career Services Offered throughout Process

Career Services assists students identify and secure employment. Services include job-related counseling, resume writing and interviewing workshops, and on-campus interview. Further, each fall, national and regional firms and corporations come to campus specifically to interview students with an Accountancy degree.

Professional Certification Examination

Both undergraduate and graduate Accountancy programs at NIU provide students with the technical skills necessary to pass professional certification examinations. NIU Accountancy graduates have been very successful in passing the Certified Internal Auditor (C.I.A.), the Certified Management Accountant (C.M.A.), and the Certified Public Accountant (C.P.A.). NIU has review courses to help you successfully complete these important professional examinations.

Endorsed Internal Auditing Certificate

NIU is a member of The Institute of Internal Auditor's (IIA) Internal Auditing Education Partnership. To receive an IIA Certification of completion, a student must have either a B.S. in Accountancy at NIU or an L.M.A.S. degree at NIU and complete ACCY 360/560, ACCY 462/562, an approved business elective, and an academic internship (ACCY 473/673) in the internal audit area. An independent study project (ACCY 472/604) may be substituted for the academic internship with approval. For additional information regarding the Internal Audit Certificate, please contact Dr. David Sinason at 815-753-6501.

Nationally Recognized Faculty

Members of NIU's accountancy faculty are nationally known for their excellence in teaching, research, and public service. All have terminal degrees in their fields and have one or more professional certificates. Many faculty have received teaching awards and national recognition.


Companies/firms recuriting and/or offering internships:

  • Allstate Insurance
  • Baker Tilly
  • Bankers Life and Casualty
  • Baxter Healthcare
  • Bemis Company, Inc.
  • California Franchise Tax Board
  • Career Education Corporation
  • Caterpillar
  • CBIZ Services of Chicago
  • Chase Bank
  • Chempetitive Group, LLC
  • Cintas Corporation
  • Classified Ventures
  • CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP
  • CME Group
  • CNA Insurance Companies
  • CohnReznick LLP
  • Crowe Horwath LLP
  • Deere
  • Deloitte.
  • DiGiovine, Hnilo, Jordan, & Johnson
  • Discover Finanical Group
  • Effner Financial Group
  • Elarasys Worldwide LLC
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • Ernst & Young, LLP
  • Exel
  • FicAmerica
  • First Midwest Bank
  • Frost, Ruttenberg & Rothblatt, P.C.
  • General Growth Properties
  • Grant Thornton, LLP
  • Green, Plagge, and Shaw
  • Illinois Tool Works
  • Impact Networking
  • John Kasperek Co., Inc.
  • Kerry
  • Kessler Orlean Silver & Co. PC
  • Knutte & Associates
  • Kutchins, Robbins, & Diamond
  • McDonald’s Corporation
  • McGladrey
  • Meaden & Moore
  • Miller Cooper & Co., Ltd.
  • Mowery & Schoenfeld
  • Mueller & Co.
  • National Futures Association
  • Navistar
  • Plante & Moran, PLLC
  • Patke & Associates
  • Poydence & Co.
  • Proctor & Gamble
  • Professional Accounting and Tax Services
  • Property Casualty Insurers Association
  • Protiviti
  • PwC
  • Ross Stores, Inc.
  • Ryan
  • Sassetti LLC
  • Schneider Electric
  • Scholle Corporation
  • Sears Holdings Corporation
  • Selden Fox, Ltd.
  • Shepard Schwartz & Harris LLP
  • Sikich LLP
  • SPX Corporation
  • SS&G Financial Services, Inc.
  • SunCoke Energy
  • Target Stores
  • Telephone and Data Systems, Inc.
  • Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
  • True Value Company
  • Walgreens
  • Warady & Davis, LLP
  • Weiss & Company, LLP
  • Weltman Bernfield, LLC
  • Wiemken’s Tax Service
  • Wipfli
  • Wolf & Company, PC