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Program Costs

NIU Department of Accountancy offers a quality education from a nationally ranked program for a competitive price--less than the cost of other Illinois graduate accounting programs. Costs presented below are for in-state students:

Graduate Accountancy Programs

2016-2017 Cost

NIU MAS (30 credit hours)


University of Illinois at Chicago


University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign MSA


DePaul University


Individual semester calculations, including calculations for out-of- state costs, may be determined through the use of the NIU Bursar's Office tuition estimator at


The Department of Accountancy does award a limited number of scholarships to MAS students.  No application is required.

Graduate Assistantships

A Graduate Assistant must take at least 9 semester hours during the fall and spring terms. Summer graduate assistantships are rare. Additional information may be found on the graduate assistantship page. Or contact Dr. John Simon, the Director of Graduate Financial Assistance, for further information.

Financial Aid

There are financial loans for graduate students who meet specific qualifications. Please contact the NIU Financial Aid Office (Swen Parson Hall 245 or call (815) 753-1395) for more information. Students who are 1) early admits to the Graduate School or, 2) are taking undergraduate level courses as deficiencies for Phase II requirements should talk to a NIU financial aid officer. There are special implications to receiving financial loans in these circumstances.