MSA Plus One Daytime Program

AU offers a streamlined path to your MSA through day classes held on the main campus and at AU Orchard Center. Through full-time studies, the program can be completed in one year.

  • PREPARE FOR THE CPA EXAM: Preparation for the CPA exam is included in the tuition. The workshops and materials will be completed outside of the coursework outlined below.
  • INCREASE YOUR EARNING POTENTIAL: U.S. workers holding a master’s degree earn 20 percent more in average annual salary than those with a bachelor’s degree.*
  • GAIN THE SKILLS: Learn to effectively analyze business data to make key management decisions.
  • STAY ON THE TEAM: Use another year of athletic eligibility.
  • A BEST VALUE: Affordability and impressive outcomes define the AU graduate programs.**
  • STREAMLINED APPLICATION PROCESS: No application fee and no GMAT/GRE required.
  • PROFESSIONAL GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES: Participate in premier internships and networking opportunities with area business executives.
  • LAPTOP INCLUDED: Computer equipped with industry-standard software.

Admission Requirements

  • A completed graduate application for admission.
  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher. Applicants with GPA less than 3.0 may be considered after interviewing the program director.

If you are a current AU undergraduate student interested in the Plus One Daytime Program, apply here:

If you have completed or are working on your undergraduate degree at another institution, apply here:

Summer: 12 semester hours

June-August; 10-week day courses; AU Main Campus
Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-Noon
ACC6100 Business Concepts and Environment (3)
ACC6110 Accounting Theory, Practice and Reporting (3)
ACC6120 Advanced Cost and Managerial Accounting (3)
MBA6310 Design Thinking (3)

Fall: 12 semester hours
August-December; 16-week day courses; AU Orchard Center
Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-Noon

ACC6140 Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting (3)
ACC6160 Advanced Attest Services (3)
ACC6180 Taxation of Partnerships, Corporations, and NFPs (3)
ACC6190 Business Regulation (3)
Secure Spring Internship

Spring: 9 semester hours
January-May; 16-week day courses; AU Orchard Center
Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m.-Noon
ACC6200 Seminar in Professional Accounting Research and Practice (3)
MBA 6250 Data Analytics (3)
ACC6940 Accounting Internship (3)

  • Four Saturday classroom sessions
  • 145 minimum clock hours required of on-site internship over the 16-week semester
*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016
**Crain’s Chicago Business, 2017