1 year
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus

About this program

MS in Accountancy (MSA)

A top master's in accounting degree designed for any undergraduate major

Add accounting to your skill set and become a business leader in just one year with this top-ranked Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) from Gies College of Business.

This STEM-designated accounting program is designed for students of all academic backgrounds; a bachelor's degree in accounting is not required.

You'll develop skills to excel in a competitive job market while becoming a more professional version of yourself. The Department of Accountancy features a #1 ranked faculty(according to BYU’s Faculty Research Ranking) focused on providing an outstanding student experience, strengthening your business skills, and developing leading-edge accounting curriculums.

Program content

Curriculum and Requirements

The MSA program begins in June each year. The MSA degree requires 32 semester hours of graduate course work of which at least 20 hours are in graduate-level accounting courses, and at least 4 hours are in a non-accountancy graduate course. In addition to the core curriculum, some students may be eligible to add a concentration. Our MSA program has concentrations in:

  • Business & Public Policy
  • Corporate Governance & International Business
  • Data Analytics in Accountancy
  • Finance
  • Information Technology & Control
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Taxation

Program delivery

Leading curriculum with a focus on data analytics

Technical excellence is a given. Hiring outstanding faculty, admitting students with exceptional credentials, delivering innovative and market-relevant accounting curricula, and preparing students to pass the CPA exam are essential ingredients of our leading accounting master’s program. At Gies, we take all of these areas seriously. We teach students to develop and apply an analytics-oriented mindset to a variety of accounting scenarios, including financial accounting, audit and tax, advisory and managerial, and forensics. 

Practicing skills is an equally important component of learning. At Gies, we create opportunities for our students to learn by doing through practicing key technical and non-technical business skills. The results are invaluable and help to accelerate personal and professional development.

The MSA core curriculum applies to all of our students. However, for those students who have previously taken accounting courses equivalent to those in our core curriculum, we will work with you to find a suitable course replacement to recognize the sufficiency of your prior accounting education.

An outstanding student experience

The master's in accounting program balances academic education with the development of nontechnical business soft skills through a personalized approach. That’s what makes our program unique. We create experiences to enhance your education, job search, wellness, personal and professional development, and cultural fit.

For international students, we offer a supportive environment. This includes the opportunity to enhance your understanding of American university culture and improve your English speaking proficiency through networking events, conversation partners, and group outings. If you’re looking for a STEM-designated, top-ranked graduate accounting degree that will exceed your expectations, look no further than the MSA at Gies Business.

Career paths

Strong career opportunities

We are proud that 100% of the 2021 domestic graduates seeking employment found successful outcomes within three months of graduation, and international graduates reported 97% successful outcomes within six months of graduating in 2021.

As one of the largest suppliers of leaders for the accounting profession, we boast more partners in the Big Four CPA firms than any other university. Our graduates consistently go on to earn positions with major corporations such as ADM, Amazon, Deloitte, DuPont, EY, Facebook, GE, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, KPMG, Nielsen, PwC, and Tencent.

With the MSA, you gain a competitive advantage in the job marketplace. Future employers want to hire students who are academically excellent and also possess important professional business skills. The MSA team works hard, along with the Office of Career and Professional Development, to intentionally create impactful opportunities for students to develop a balance between technical and non-technical skills.

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University of Illinois Gies College of Business

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is one of the original 37 public land-grant institutions created after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act in 1862. Founded in 1867, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has earned a reputation as a world-class...

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University of Illinois Gies College of Business

515 East Gregory Drive
61820 Champaign Illinois
United States of America (USA)

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