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Course Modalities

DePaul has (re)defined course modalities here.

  • ONLINE survives as LOCATION for all online modalities.
  • ONLINE as facility ID is retired as substituted by Online:Async
  • ONLINE is also retired as Instructor Mode replaced by Online:Async

Master of Science in Accountancy

The Master of Science in Accountancy Online Program launched this year. The MSA prepares students for a career in accounting by providing a formal integrated sequence of courses which emphasize topics that are relevant to the work of a professional accountant, including the competencies required for successful preparation for the CPA Examination.

Online Benefits

  • Flexible class structure to work into your personal weekly schedule

  • Study at your own pace—any hour of the day, from any place in the world with Internet access.

  • Opportunity to revisit material as much as you need for comprehensive learning

  • Modular content, with video lectures, online quizzes, online exams, and rich discussion.

  • Access to material 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

  • Instructors available regularly for direct feedback and help with content

Courses are taught by top-ranked faculty with a commitment to teaching excellence and innovation. Faculty include former and current high-level working professionals from a network of accounting firms.


The MSA degree requires the completion of 15 courses. Students who have not already taken introductory accounting at the undergraduate level are also expected to complete ACC 500 Financial Accounting.

11 Accountancy courses

  • ACC 541 Financial Accounting Theory & Practice I

  • ACC 542 Cost and Managerial Accounting I

  • ACC 543 Financial Accounting Theory & Practice II

  • ACC 545 Advanced Topics in Accounting Theory

  • ACC 547 Audit and Regulation of Corporate Financial Planning

  • ACC 548 Tax Treatment of Individuals and Property Transactions

  • ACC 550 Advanced Topics in Auditing

  • ACC 551 Tax Treatment of Corporations and Partnerships

  • ACC 552 Legal and Ethical Environment of Accounting Practice

  • ACC 640 Accounting Theory and Policy Formulation

  • Accountancy or Business Elective

4 Management Core courses

  • ECO 501 Concepts of Micro and Macro Economics

  • FIN 555 Financial Management

  • GSB 420 Applied Quantitative Analysis

  • ACC 535 Accounting Systems

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ACC 500


ACC 541

GSB 420

ACC 543

ACC 552

ACC 542

ACC 548

ACC 551

ECO 501


ACC 545

FIN 555

ACC 547

ACC 535

ACC 550

ACC 640


*In addition, students complete one elective course which may be completed at any time. A list of course options will be provided ahead of time.

Admission and Tuition

For detailed admission requirements visit

Application requirements

  • Completed online application form and application fee (

  • Resume

  • Official transcripts from each college previously attended

  • Two essay questions

  • Two letters of recommendation

  • GMAT

  • TOEFL/IELTS score (for non-native English speakers)

  • External evaluation of educational credentials (for applicants with international credits)


Each MSA course is 4.0 quarter credits, except for ACC 640 which is 5.0 quarter credits. The 2012-13 tuition rate is $935 per credit hour. For tuition details visit


MOOC: Instructional Ideas and Technology Tools for Online Success


Curt Bonk is leading a free MOOC i(massively open online course) by the name of “Instructional Ideas and Technology Tools for Online Success.” Registration is open now, and the course schedule is:

  • Monday, April 23rd - Sunday, April 29th Registration and Orientation
  • Monday, April 30th - Sunday, May 6th Motivation and retention online (TEC-VARIETY model)
  • Monday, May 7th - Sunday, May 13th Addressing Diversity and Learning Styles (R2D2 model)
  • Monday, May 14th - Sunday, May 20th 50 Hyper-Engaging Ideas: Critical, Creative, Cooperative
  • Monday, May 21st - Sunday, May 27th Question and Answer (Q&A) Session
  • Monday, May 28th - Sunday, June 3rd Applying TEC-VARIETY and R2D2 with CourseSites

Curt is using Blackboard’s CourseSites to host the MOOC, and the course will focus on empowering you to increase student achievement and success in blended and online learning environments.

I highly recommend faculty and instructional designers sign up for the course.


Online Teaching Evaluation Questions

At the end of each course in the College of Business, students are provided with the opportunity to evaluate the course. Course evaluations provide valuable feedback that can improve teaching and learning. The greater the level of participation, the more useful the results. Students are in the unique position to view the instructor over time. Their comments about what works and what doesn’t can help faculty build on the elements of the course that are strong, and improve those that are weak. Isolated comments from students and instructors’ peers may also be helpful, but evaluation results based on high response rates may be statistically reliable (believable).

Honest opinions about the student experience help improve some components of the course for the next group of students. Positive comments also show the department chairs and college deans the commitment of instructors to the university. These teaching evaluation results are one component used in annual performance reviews (including salary raises and promotion/tenure). The evaluation of the instructor and course provides students an opportunity to make their voice heard on an important issue – the quality of teaching at DePaul.

Currently, these are the evaluation questions a student will be presented with at the end of a course:

  1. Given your experience at DePaul, rate the overall quality of the course.
  2. Given your experience at DePaul, rate the instructor's overall teaching effectiveness.
  3. This course increased my knowledge or skills.
  4. I found this course to be:
  5. The instructor stimulated interest in the subject.
  6. The instructor explained course material and objectives clearly and concisely.
  7. The instructor related course material to business and other real world contexts.
  8. The instructor was well prepared for class.
  9. The instructor scheduled assignments(including class activities, readings, homework, quizzes, test, projects) that were related to the course.
  10. The instructor was accessible to me through office hours, appointments, e-mail, and/or telephone.
  11. The instructor was on time and met all scheduled classes.

For online courses, the five questions below are also included:

  1. I was able to easily navigate the Desire2Learn site to find course materials and assignments for the on-line class.
  2. The online class allowed me to manage my time well.
  3. The online class was free of technical problems.
  4. The online materials I used in this class helped me learn.
  5. I would recommend this online class to others.

"It's-a me, Mario!" – What playing videogames taught me about effective online course design


My proposal to present ("It's-a me, Mario!" – What playing videogames taught me about effective online course design) at this year's DePaul Faculty Teaching & Learning Conference has been accepted.

The conference will take place on Friday, April 20th, 2012, from 9:00am-5:00pm. If you have not done so already, you can register for the conference at

The overview for the presentation is:

Super Mario and The Legend of Zelda are two of Nintendo’s most valuable video game franchises, spawning a slew of highly regarded (and highly selling) series of games on multiple consoles. I cheerfully admit to spending a considerable amount of time playing these games over the years, but playing these games has also taught me much about effective and fun design of online and hybrid courses. In this dynamic session I will outline ten lessons learned from these two video game series that can be applied to course design – structuring a course that promotes student learning, reduces confusion, and that could even be fun.


Online CPA Review - New Schedule

Beginning Winter Quarter, all four sections of DePaul’s Online CPA Review will be offered each quarter, along this schedule:

Weeks 1-7 REG and FAR
Weeks 8-11 AUD and BEC

Exact dates are posted on The CPA Review is a time-intensive online course, and ensure that students are appropriately pacing their study, students may register for one section only at any given time, i.e. REG or FAR but not both, and AUD or BEC but not both.

2015 Update

Please note: The CPA Review Program has been discontinued. As the market has shifted primarily to a handful of CPA Review providers, it has been increasingly challenging for school providers such as DePaul to be able to sustain the enrollment that it needs in order to be offered. DePaul has been preparing students to sit for the CPA exam for nearly 100 years. We hope that you will continue to find the exam review preparation that you need to achieve your goals.

DePaul will may continue to offer events and workshops of interest to CPA candidates. Please visit the Accountancy website at for more information.
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