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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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Covalent bridges internship gaps, supports Illinois small businesses

Apr 7, 2021, 10:30 AM by Aaron Bennett
Gies students and alumni are banding together this spring to simultaneously help small businesses and create digital marketing internships for undergraduates. Covalent grew out of a program launched last year as a way for students to gain experience after the pandemic shut down summer internships

Gies students and alumni are banding together this spring to simultaneously help small businesses and create digital marketing internships for undergraduates.

Covalent grew out of the COVID-19 Business Fellowship Program, launched last year as a way for students to gain experience after the pandemic shut down summer internships in 2020. That need continues, according to co-founders College of Media graduate Walker Post (JOUR ’18) and Alex Littleton (FIN ’18), who remains on its board of directors.

Applications for 2021 student fellowships, mentors, and businesses are open now through April 26. This year, Covalent is also seeking corporate sponsorships to underwrite stipends for the fellows.

“The Gies network prevails. I love having the opportunity to lift people up while trying to give back,” said mentor Haley Ehrlich (FIN, Marketing ’18), associate growth marketing manager at the National Basketball Assn. “I try to teach them how to apply the skills they learn in class to relevant topics like email cadence and how to present results. I also share how to improve their soft skills so they can convey they’re not just a smart kid, but someone who can drive impact really fast."

To date, the program has engaged 98 fellows and supported 69 small businesses; 139  professionals around the country have served as mentors. Covalent estimates Illinois small businesses saved an estimated $250k in digital marketing services.

Senior Doug Howard, a Gies marketing and information systems major, said the experience has improved his ability to pursue sales and marketing positions.

“A year ago, my internship in the marketing department of United Airlines was canceled. When Alex reached out, I knew I wanted to stay busy during the summer and actually learn something. I also wanted to make an impact on the community during COVID-19,” said Howard.

He and partner Advait Patel, a senior studying economics, were mentored by Gies alumna Rose LaBelle (Marketing & Business Process Management ‘18), a human capital consultant at Deloitte Consulting. They were paired with a Chicago-based start-up focused on robotic process automation, helping to set up A/B testing for email messaging and identify the best web design app to use.

“Going forward, we’re committed to creating a diverse pipeline of talent and helping our fellows land their dream jobs. We're pursuing partnerships with corporations that not only see the value Covalent brings to local communities and businesses, but also the value that our fellows could bring to their company," said Post.