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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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How to assess risk, review insurance coverage during pandemic

Jul 27, 2020, 08:11 AM by Aaron Bennett
It has taken the COVID-19 crisis for many businesses to re-evaluate the amount and types of commercial insurance they should buy. Many recently found that their policies don’t cover pandemic-related losses, says Gies Professor Lynne McChristian.

It has taken the COVID-19 crisis for many businesses to re-evaluate the amount and types of commercial insurance they should buy. Many recently found that their policies don’t cover pandemic-related losses, according to Gies Professor Lynne McChristian.

“Understanding risk is at the core of good business decision-making, yet we have much to learn," said McChristian, director of the Office of Risk Management and Insurance Research at Gies College of Business. "We never think bad things are going to happen to us or in our lifetimes. The mistake that many companies make is thinking in terms of how little insurance do I need, when the question should be ‘What is my vulnerability?’” 

McChristian is the latest expert to share their perspective as part of the College’s COVID-19 Global Challenges in Business webinar series. Her session, “Coronavirus and Insurance Coverage,” is available hereMcChristian explained enterprise risk management is interdependent and includes financial, operational, and business risk. The range of risk exposures is immense, including natural and man-made disasters, supply chain losses, and cyber risk.

Business interruption insurance, for example, is designed to cover loss of business income during a shutdown period and extra expenses due to a covered peril.

“Business interruption policies are added on to standard coverage, such as commercial multi-peril and business owners policies, yet only about one-third of US businesses purchase them. They will pay out during a pandemic only if virus and bacteria are not excluded. Going forward, the key is first knowing what your risks are, then correctly estimating the time it would take to recover if a catastrophe hit your business. There are resources to help you figure that out,” McChristian said.

She suggests using an insurance provider as a risk advisor who can help answer these questions about preparing for the unexpected:

  • What are your risk exposures?
  • What controls do you have in place to minimize the downside?
  • Do you have the right systems to track and measure risks?
  • Do you have the right people and skills to manage the risks?

McChristian also advises that companies should keep their eye on potential COVID-19-related legislation, including the Pandemic Risk Insurance Act of 2020, and the Business Continuity Protection Program, introduced by insurance trade groups, which would be run by FEMA.

“This series continues to share important advice from our Gies faculty experts to help you respond to the business risks of coronavirus and better succeed through it,” said Brooke Elliott, Associate Dean of Online Programs and EY Distinguished Professor of Accounting at Gies.