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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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The good, the bad, and the ugly of corporate incentives

Sep 15, 2020, 13:43 PM by Aaron Bennett
Hansol Jang, a visiting assistant professor of accountancy at Gies, studies incentives like performance-based compensation as well as tax policies and unintended consequences of regulation.

Imagine you were asked to play a game with half the pieces missing. Now imagine that all those pieces went to the other team. According to visiting assistant professor Hansol Jang, that’s often what happens in the corporate world when tax policies are designed to benefit a particular group.

“Regulation is almost always set up to do something very specific, but my research currently focuses on things that could be happening that were unintended,” said Jang. In a recent study conducted with two other current and former Gies professors, for example, he found that when tax cuts benefit select firms, the beneficiaries often use those dollars to compete with the peers who didn’t receive them. In other words, says Jang, the losers lose again.

Some incentives do work, according to Jang, like performance-based compensation that encourages CEOs to make bold moves. “Often executives are compensated on some kind of accounting measure like earnings per share. When companies do that, however, they usually exclude certain things,” he explained. “For example, if they went through a huge investment project, they don’t consider that investment as an expense. So, executives are still incentivized to take big expenses during the year so they can move forward.” Jang recently examined those exceptions, from the cost of mergers and acquisitions to the price of general corporate restructuring, and found that excluding them from the bottom line had a positive effect. Executives were incentivized to take risks and shareholders reaped the rewards, providing the perfect win/win.

Those are the kinds of insights that Jang hopes to bring to the classroom as part of Gies’ world-renowned accounting faculty. It’s a setting that should seem very familiar to Jang, who completed his bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD at Gies. For Jang, there were many reasons to stay. It starts with Gies’ exceptional accounting faculty, which are ranked No. 1 in the nation by the BYU Faculty Research Rankings.

“I’ve met a lot of people, especially during my PhD years, and really the faculty members at Gies are probably the best I’ve ever worked with. And it’s not only at the professional level. I just like interacting with faculty members at Gies.”

Now that he’s joining their ranks, he looks forward to putting his stamp on a program that’s been a major part of his life. For him, that means really helping students to see the big picture in classes like Accounting Measurement and Disclosure, which he’ll be leading. “It’s not just accounting that they should be aware of, but how accounting is related to other fields,” said Jang.

It also means more broadly equipping students with the skills they need to excel regardless of the path their career takes. “Accounting students don’t have to be accounting professionals after graduation,” he said. “You can also be something else if you know that something else exists.” That why students at Gies are exposed to a broad range of transformative learning experiences that acquaint them with core fundamentals of business as well as the cutting edge.

“I think Gies is doing a very good job of that,” said Jang. “They’re going full speed on the integration of data analytics and machine learning, along with exceptional curriculum they’ve always had.” It’s a winning formula that’s helping Gies create a generation of leaders who are doing “business on purpose.” This fall, he’ll become one of the professors helping make that happen. And for Hansol Jang, knowing that is all the incentive he needs.