Loyola's BBA/MSA degree program is rigorous yet flexible. Interested and qualified students should apply to complete the master's portion of the program during the second semester of their junior year to take advantage of an MSA program 2-course reduction opportunity.

Students can apply to the MSA program at any time during their academic career. BBA/MSA students can complete the graduate coursework component in one year.


Program Highlights

  • Prepares students for the CPA, CMA, CFE, and CIA examinations, and meets the 150-hour requirement for CPA examination
  • Provides accounting depth and breadth beyond what is gained from the typical undergraduate education
  • Supplies the necessary critical business and accounting decision-making and problem-solving skills to succeed in today's demanding workplace
  • Allows students to explore ethics and values across all areas of accounting and business, fully preparing them to excel in the current climate of heightened accountability
  • Enables students to better understand the global implications of accounting and business decisions

What You'll Learn

  • Deep and broad understanding of accounting and business
  • Strategic cost management
  • Financial management
  • Auditing and business risk
  • Legal and regulatory knowledge
  • Ethics and values in accounting and business
  • Decision-making and problem-solving skills
  • International implications of accounting and business decisions


Our MSA graduates have been hired by top accounting firms, including Deloitte, PwC, RSM, EY, Grant Thornton, Plante Moran, Baker Tilly, and more.

Career options with this degree include:

  • Auditor
  • Information and Technology Accountant
  • Financial Analyst
  • Forensic Accountant
  • Managerial Accountant
  • Corporate Controller
  • Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Because Loyola is a member of the Jesuit network of 27 colleges and universities nationwide, our graduates can receive career services at Quinlan's Business Career Services, as well as at career centers at U.S. Jesuit colleges and universities.


Loyola undergraduate students must complete University Core Curriculum, which is a "learning outcomes" approach that emphasizes the knowledge, skills, and values students obtain in their education. All Quinlan School of Business students must complete the Business Core Curriculum to develop a solid understanding of all aspects of business.

Undergraduate Business Program Requirements

  • COMM 103: Business & Professional Speaking
  • MATH 131 or 161: Elements of Calculus or Calculus I (students majoring in Finance are strongly encouraged to take MATH 161 instead of MATH 131)
  • MGMT 341: Business Ethics
  • BSAD 220: Internship and Career Preparation
  • Two Writing Intensive courses, one of which must be a Quinlan course or ENGL 210
  • Global Awareness. Choose from ANTH 100, ANTH 102, GLST 101, PLSC 102, or any business course from the International Business major group. A study abroad experience will also satisfy this requirement.

Business Core Curriculum

  • ACCT 201: Introductory Accounting I
  • ACCT 202: Introductory Accounting II
  • BSAD 343: Business Analytics
  • ECON 201: Principles of Economics I (Micro)
  • ECON 202: Principles of Economics II (Macro)
  • FINC 301: Introductory Business Finance -or- FINC 334: Principles of Corporate Finance (required for Finance majors and minors)
  • ISSCM 241: Business Statistics
  • INFS 247: Business Information Systems
  • SCMG 332: Operations Management
  • LREB 315: Law and the Regulatory Environment of Business
  • MGMT 201: Managing People and Organizations
  • MGMT 304: Strategic Management
  • MARK 201: Principles of Marketing

Major Requirements

BBA Accounting Major Requirements: Undergraduate students who choose to complete the accounting major must complete 24 credit hours within the major (not including ACCT 201/202).

BBA/MSA Requirements: BBA/MSA students must complete 12 additional courses (36 hours) beyond the BBA accounting major requirements. This includes six graduate accounting courses (six MSA-level), one graduate business ethics course, two MBA elective courses (non-accounting), and three general elective courses (MBA, MSA). Students choosing the BBA/MSA program may take two graduate accounting courses during their senior year that would count towards both the undergraduate and graduate accounting hours requirement.


Required Courses for Accounting Major: ACCT 201, 202, 303, 304, 311, 317,328, plus 3 additional accounting electives.

Year 1

  • Semester I: ACCT 201
  • Semester II: ACCT 202

Year 2

  • Semester I: ACCT 303 and ACCT 328
  • Semester II: ACCT 304 and ACCT 311

Year 3

  • Semester I: ACCT 317 and select one accounting elective from ACCT 306, 308, 323, 341, and/or 399
  • Semester II: Select one accounting elective from ACCT 306, 323, 341, and/or 399.

Year 4

  • Semester I: Select one accounting elective from ACCT 306, 308, 323, 341, and/or 399. Also, consider graduate accounting class if BBA/MSA student.
  • Semester II: Select one accounting elective from ACCT 306, 308, 323, 341, and/or 399. Also, consider graduate accounting class if BBA/MSA student.

Note: If you are an undergraduate accounting major, some modification of the 12-course MSA program requirement is possible if you opt for taking up to two graduate accounting classes while in your senior year. You can also double count these courses towards the undergraduate accounting major requirement.

Year 5

  • Meet with MSA program director



To apply for admission and scholarship consideration, please visit the Office of Undergraduate Admission and indicate your interest in this program on your application. For more information, see the following resources:


Tuition and Financial Aid

The Loyola Quinlan School of Business is committed to helping students secure the necessary financial resources to make their business education at Loyola affordable.