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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

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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.

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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 surprising upside of state-owned enterprise

Oct 13, 2020, 11:09 AM by Aaron Bennett
Carlos Inoue is an assistant professor of business administration whose research interests include strategic management, organizational governance in the public interest, knowledge workers, and health care.

When the US government took a multi-billion-dollar stake in the automotive industry during the Great Recession, it was a temporary deal — a socialist experiment in a capitalistic world. But in many countries, state-owned enterprises are the norm, especially in sectors like transportation and utilities. How government ownership affects these companies and their operations has long been of interest to Carlos Inoue, assistant professor of business administration at Gies College of Business.

“When you look around the globe, you see that state ownership is highly relevant, particularly in infrastructural sectors,” said Inoue. “One of my first research projects tried to understand the conditions in which investments by the government can positively affect the performance of those firms.”

The entire idea is anathema to free-market thinkers, who tend to view government involvement as — at best — a necessary evil. Hampered by government interference and unmoored from the forces that punish inefficiency, SOEs can become cumbersome giants that underperform their free-market peers. But, according to Inoue, there are times where a little state ownership can actually be a very good thing.

In his research, which used data from publicly traded firms in Brazil, Inoue found that when governments have a minority ownership — and there are sufficient corporate governance mechanisms to restrict political interference — firms can benefit from public investment. For one thing, governments can provide much-needed capital in areas where financial markets are poorly developed. And for another, they can be far more patient than private investors, enabling companies to invest in promising entrepreneurial projects that may not pay out until 10 or 20 years down the road. Still, there’s a point where the benefits of government ownership are exceeded by the demands they impose, and Inoue has explored those situations as well.

One of his research projects began when he noticed a negative trend that followed a cyclical pattern. “Close to elections, I observed that the performance of state-owned utilities tends to go down.” said Inoue.  Upon closer investigation, he also discovered a spike in employment in election years, which seems to indicate that governments were boosting employment numbers to bolster their re-election chances. “Sometimes they are political supporters, sometimes they’re family and friends. So, you’re pushing employment in these firms while you’re not seeing any benefits in terms of service delivery.”

In his strategic business courses at Gies, Inoue hopes to help students make these kinds of connections and understand the broad implications of every business decision. “It’s not just about looking at profits, but looking at other social outcomes as well, thinking about access to clean water, or access to healthcare and thinking about how firms shape the trajectory of their workers over time.”

Inoue, who recently completed a PhD in strategic management at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management says he was drawn to Gies both by its reputation and the opportunities it affords. And he looks forward to being part of the faculty training the next generation of business leaders.  

“I think what I bring to Gies is this excitement and energy to work on what I think are important questions — not only important questions for society, but actually questions in which the field of strategic business management can help address some of these challenges,” said Inoue. “I want students to develop a sense that they can have a structural impact on society, whatever sector or industry they decide to pursue.”