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Gies College of Business – University of Illinois - MS in Accounting

Illinois Gies MS in Accounting Program Structure

Universally recognized as an accounting powerhouse, Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois offers a variety of master’s programs that can prepare you for a successful career. A top-three business school for graduate accounting, with the #3 accountancy faculty in the nation, Gies ensures you’ll be taught and mentored by the top experts in the field.

Gies offers three STEM-designated Master’s in Accounting programs: Master of Accounting Science (MAS), Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA), and Online Master of Science in Accountancy (iMSA).


The following core courses must be completed as part of a Gies accountancy program. Those who have previously completed these courses are exempt. A suitable replacement course is required, as designated by a program advisor:

• Accounting Analysis I
• Accounting Analysis II
• Managerial Accounting
• Auditing
• Federal Taxation

A total of 17 elective courses are available for the MSA as well. However, beyond the five required core courses, a total of 20 hours of electives must be dedicated to accounting-focused courses, so several of the optional electives must also be accounting-focused.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

The on-campus Master of Accounting Science (MAS) program is $26,450 for in-state residents and $41,080 for out-of-state residents. The on-campus Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) is $49,156 for US residents and $59,929 for international students. The online Master of Science in Accountancy (iMSA) costs an average of $24,000 depending on electives selected.


In order to apply to the University of Illinois MS in Accounting program at Gies College of Business, applicants must have earned an accredited undergraduate degree and maintained a GPA of at least a “B” for the most recent two years of study. A degree in accounting is not required.

In addition to a completed application, the following must be submitted:

• Official transcripts
• A completed MSA coursework form
• A résumé
• GMAT/GRE scores
• TOEFL or IELTS scores (if necessary)
• Three references
• Copy of passport (international applicants only)
• Declaration and Certification of Finances Form (international applicants only)
• $70 application fee (domestic); $90 application fee (international)

Application deadlines vary by program.

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