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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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Five professors named ORMIR Fellows

Nov 16, 2020, 16:19 PM by Aaron Bennett
Five professors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been chosen as fellows for the Office of Risk Management & Insurance Research (ORMIR) at Gies College of Business.

Five professors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been chosen as fellows for the Office of Risk Management & Insurance Research (ORMIR) at Gies College of Business. The positions, which are funded by AXIS Capital, will help further research on the critical risks faced by global populations and address the implications for the insurance and reinsurance industry.  

The five ORMIR fellows for 2020-2021 include:

Research undertaken by these fellows will include assessing cyber risk, developing a high-resolution risk analysis of infrastructure assets, and addressing a number of climate risk initiatives such as a comprehensive database of agriculturally relevant extreme weather events, a national-scale evaluation of the healthcare cost impacts of exposure to wildfire smoke, and merging models to compute the social cost of carbon.

“The myriad of risks experienced in 2020 has caused great alarm. Yet, the fact is these risks are predictable, and that makes them manageable,” said ORMIR Director Lynne McChristian. “We are supporting research that looks at where we are and determines where we need to be to better prepare for such events.”  

The Office of Risk Management and Insurance Research, which is housed in the University of Illinois’ Gies College of Business, was established to design research on critical issues facing the industry and engage students seeking careers in risk management and (re)insurance.

“As insurers and reinsurers, our industry’s purpose is clear: we exist to help society manage risk,” said Bob Quane, Chief Underwriting Officer for AXIS Insurance. “To do this this efficiently and effectively, ongoing investment in research is key – we’re proud to support these fellowships which address pressing needs, such as cyber and climate risk.”

AXIS Capital, through its operating subsidiaries, is a global provider of specialty lines insurance and treaty reinsurance. In 2018, AXIS contributed $1.5 million over the course of five years to launch the Academy, which provides Illinois students who are interested in pursuing a career in risk management with research and professional development resources and experiences to support their undergraduate work.

About Gies College of Business
For more than 100 years, Gies College of Business has intentionally designed its innovative programs, leading-edge curriculum, and experiential learning opportunities to empower and prepare students to turn big ideas into meaningful actions. Today, Gies faculty prepare more than 7,000 future business leaders, including 3,100 undergraduates, from around the world to put their purpose into practice and provide transformative leadership in a global economy.