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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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Purpose, process and the power of authenticity

Oct 14, 2020, 10:29 AM by Aaron Bennett
Kari Keating brings decades of industry and academic experience to Gies, where she hopes to help the next generation of business professionals find their purpose by giving them something everyone needs — the freedom to be themselves.

For nearly a decade, Kari Keating was a teaching assistant professor at the University of Illinois College of ACES, where she helped coordinate the school’s minor in leadership studies. Now she’s bringing that experience a few blocks west, where she hopes to help the next generation of business professionals find their purpose by giving them something everyone needs — the freedom to be themselves.

“I want to bring my own sense of authenticity, so that students feel like they have the permission to do the same,” said Keating. “In my courses, I like to talk about my own backstory so students realize professors and business people are just people. It’s not like they’re auditioning to play a role.”

For Keating, that backstory starts in the Midwest. Originally from Taylorville, Illinois, she completed a bachelor’s in marketing from Bradley University. That was followed by a master’s in educational psychology from the University of Iowa. But it wasn’t until her first post-graduate job in Florida that her education really became complete.

“I grew up in Illinois, but professionally, I grew up in Florida,” said Keating, who spent a decade working for the St. John’s County Chamber of Commerce. Home to the city of St. Augustine, it’s a popular destination for tourists, who are drawn by both the climate and the culture of America’s oldest settlement. “That’s where I learned my real-world business acumen and how non-profits work, how communities develop, and how local and state leadership works. It’s also where I really got turned onto leadership development and collaboration across territorial bounds.”

She loved everything about the job, but two years after the birth of her twins, she decided it was time for a change of pace. “My long-range plan was always to get back to academia,” she said. “Because that’s where I felt most at home.” So, with her family in tow, she moved back to Illinois, where she completed a PhD in human and community development at the College of ACES in 2011.

Her timing couldn’t have been better. Just as her studies at ACES were winding up, a new, campus-wide minor in leadership was just starting up. That’s when Keating made the leap to the front of the classroom. For the next nine years, she honed her skills as an instructor, teaching Intro to Leadership, Leadership Communications, and a capstone course call Collaborative Leadership.

There are echoes of all that in the courses she’ll be teaching at Gies, which are part of the new undergraduate core. In Business 201-Business Dynamics, she’ll lead students as they work in teams to manage a simulated manufacturing business. Business 301-Business in Action, follows a similar roadmap. Students will continue working in groups; only here, they’ll up their game, working with real clients as they hone their professional skills.

Keating says she loves teaching, because she likes connecting with students, especially those who are just starting to find their place in life. “I think that’s part of the reason I’m so drawn to Gies is the heavy focus on purpose,” said Keating. “As a teacher, I want them to know I see you and I hear you. Whether you’re going to pursue something in the private sector, non-profit advocacy, or you want to be a public servant, I see all your stories and they’re all worthy.”

Through her courses, she also hopes to help her students learn another important fact of life in the business world — that process is often more important than product. “The way they express themselves and the way that they work with others will have the biggest impact on their life.”