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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, accounting at Gies 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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Professor explores what’s driving IPOs during the pandemic

Feb 18, 2021, 08:17 AM by Aaron Bennett
Cash from more than $1 trillion in savings is creating pent up demand for IPOs, according to Nerissa Brown, associate professor of accountancy at Gies College of Business and a nationally recognized expert on financial reporting and IPOs.

Cash from more than $1 trillion in savings is creating pent up demand for IPOs, according to Nerissa Brown, associate professor of accountancy at Gies College of Business and a nationally recognized expert on financial reporting and IPOs.

“Bear in mind that the stock market reflects investor expectations about future economic performance, and so many investors do expect us to come out of the pandemic, hopefully sometime in 2021, and it is predicted that unemployment will return to pre-pandemic levels,” said Brown.

She says investors looking for superstar stocks in which they can invest cash and earn a great return contributed to a record year for IPOs in 2020. The surge was driven by tech unicorns, pharma, and life sciences offerings and Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs), which are non-operating shell companies that are funded and taken public by a group of sponsor investors or a hedge fund. These SPACs then look for a private company to merge with or acquire, usually within a set time frame of two to three years.

“Even though SPACs fueled the IPO market, the first day returns for these companies were very marginal, averaging out at less than 2%,” she said. Traditional IPOs, on the other hand, generated first day returns to the tune of 42% in 2020, almost double the first day return generated by IPOs in 2019. But the bulk of these IPOs where loss makers. “In 2020, roughly 80% of traditional IPOs that went live had no positive income,” she noted.

Brown addressed IPO challenges and opportunities in “IPO-ing During a Pandemic: A Financial Reporting Perspective,” a webinar that is part of Gies’ ongoing series. In it, she explained the different types of IPOs and performance trends as well as compared two tech unicorn offerings with similar deal sizes that both launched in December 2020: Airbnb and Doordash. While Doordash’s offer price was $102, today’s stock price has almost doubled for a market cap of $62.97B. Airbnb’s stock performance was more spectacular. Today’s stock price is over 2.5 times higher than its offer price of $68 resulting in a current market cap of $115.15B.

You can view the full webinar presentation here