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Master's in Accounting Programs

Universally recognized as an accounting powerhouse, Gies Business offers a variety of master's programs that can prepare you for a successful career. With the #1 accountancy faculty in the nation and #2 graduate program, Gies accountancy 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)

The nine-month residential MAS will develop your data analytics skills so you can be a leader in accounting and sit for the CPA exam with confidence. This program is designed for students with:

  • A bachelor's degree in accounting from an accredited US institution
  • US-based internship experience

Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA)

The one-year residential MSA will build students’ expertise in the fundamentals of accounting, develop data-driven decision makers, and prepare students to sit for the CPA. This program is designed for:

  • Domestic students who do not have a bachelor's degree in accounting
  • International students with any undergraduate degree
  • Students with a preference for residential, in-person learning

Online Master of Science in Accountancy (iMSA)

Regardless of the depth of your accounting background, the iMSA is a flexible, 100% online program that will teach you to gather and analyze critical information and make informed, strategic decisions. This program is designed for students with:

  • A bachelor's degree in any field, including accounting
  • A preference for flexible, 100% online learning

We develop information engineers and problem solvers

The most successful accountants are not just number crunchers; they're highly-trained, forward-thinking professionals who can make data-driven strategic decisions. At Gies Business, you'll be immersed in a leading-edge curriculum infused with data analytics that top employers demand. Our graduates are leaders, communicators, and critical thinkers prepared to lead businesses into a rapidly changing future.

Accelerate your career opportunities

As one of the largest suppliers of leaders in the accounting profession, we boast more partners in the Big Four CPA firms and consistently place graduates in C-suite jobs with major corporations. Gies graduates land jobs, in the US and abroad, with prestigious companies like PwC, ADM, Tencent, Grant Thornton, KPMG, Deloitte, EY, and many more.

Gies' graduate accountancy programs enable you to gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace. Employers recognize the value of an accounting degree from Gies College of Business, and our graduates are prepared to add value in their careers from day one. So whether you want to sit for the CPA, land a job with the Big Four, or just learn to speak the language of business, Gies' graduate programs can help you achieve your personal and professional goals.

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Cancelled summer internship? New fellowship supports students, Illinois small businesses

May 18, 2020, 08:26 AM by Aaron Bennett
Responding to thousands of invaluable internships cancelled because of COVID-19, two U of I alumni have created a way to simultaneously support their fellow Illini and the many small businesses impacted by the pandemic throughout Illinois.

Responding to thousands of invaluable internships cancelled because of COVID-19, two recent University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign alumni have created a way to simultaneously support their fellow Illini and the many small businesses impacted by the pandemic throughout Illinois.

Alex LittletonGies College of Business alumnus Alex Littleton (FIN ’18) and College of Media graduate Walker Post (JOUR ’18) have launched the COVID-19 Business Fellowship Program. It matches talented students throughout Illinois with restaurants, salons, and other small businesses that need help reimagining how to engage customers in the “new normal”. This summer’s goal is to help at least 50 businesses create innovative, digital-first marketing, advertising, and communication projects (June 8-Aug. 17).

Applications for student fellowships and businesses are open now through May 29. The program will prioritize rising sophomores through seniors and pro bono support for companies with fewer than 50 employees. Since its launch May 11, the program has received more than 150 applications for junior and senior mentors and fellows.

Littleton was struck by social media posts about cancelled internships from younger classmates in the Phi Gamma Nu professional business fraternity. A rising star at JPMorgan New York working on blockchain product solutions, Littleton had returned to Chicago for the quarantine. Post, who lives in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood, is an editorial fellow at GreenHouse:Innovation and is also a social impact consultant at Prosper Strategies, an advisory for nonprofits. They both continue to work full-time remotely.

“We looked around and saw family businesses we’ve known all our lives closing down for good. We’re losing the soul of neighborhoods,” said Littleton. “This offers alumni a unique way to contribute to their communities with a strong return on investment. If I weren’t a Gies alumnus I don’t know where this project would be. We have a natural affinity for seeing each other succeed.”

Littleton is a living example of how Gies Business provides more than a great business education to find a career. Gies intentionally provides an environment and the resources that foster meaningful actions to empower students to follow their path and put their purpose into practice to make the world a better place.

Over a weekend in April, after a Zoom call where Littleton was brainstorming ways to give back with colleagues, he hatched the idea of a student fellowship. A few hours later and after a long phone call with Post, they knew what they had to do. Littleton, a Business Honors student and graduate of The Hoeft Technology and Management Program, reached out to several Gies College of Business faculty professors and alumni to help shape the idea – including Finance Professor Rob Metzger, who is the director of the Investment Banking Academy at Gies, and Alan Lev, a member of the Gies College of Business Alumni Board.

“Alex has a track record of pulling off entrepreneurial endeavors,” said Metzger. “He founded and successfully launched the Venture Capital Association while on campus and his passion for this kind of work is incredibly high.”

Before launching, Littleton and Post fielded a statewide survey to better understand the types of support small businesses need now. More than 80% were looking for help with their digital and social media presence.

“Digital-first, engaging remotely, is the new normal for the foreseeable future,” said Post.

The duo is seeking mentors willing to invest two to four hours a week coaching a team. They have also launched a GoFundMe page asking for donations so that each student receives financial support following the fellowship as a sign of appreciation. The goal is to raise $100,000 with all proceeds directly funding these fellowships.

Littleton and Post have underwritten the project’s start-up costs. Its 40-person organizing team includes 37 Illini students and graduates now working at Amazon, Apple, Boston Consulting, Deloitte, Facebook, Google, Tesla, and West Monroe Partners.

“What started as a way to solve a short-term problem is quickly growing into something that can be meaningful to both students and businesses beyond this summer,” said Post. “We’re both very passionate about this sector and are having daily discussions about how our work in Illinois could potentially be translated into a larger initiative one day.”