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Choose the right application track

Applying for the MAS program at Gies College of Business is easy, but first you’ll need to choose the application track that is right for you:

Track 1: University of Illinois Students

I am currently an undergraduate student from the University of Illinois pursing a bachelor’s in accountancy or a concentration in agricultural accounting.

Instructions for juniors or 1st semester seniors currently enrolled in ACCY 303/304.

Complete the following steps toward 1st Stage admission, and you will receive an initial admission decision from the department. If admitted you will be eligible for up to two graduate level courses during your senior year.

Step 1 - Ensure your eligibility:

  • Admission to the University of Illinois in good standing with a declared major in accountancy or agricultural accounting.
  • A grade point average of at least 3.0 (A=4.0) for all undergraduate course work and for all undergraduate accountancy course work.
  • You need to have taken or currently be enrolled in ACCY 303 and 304 at time of application.

Step 2 - Meet the deadlines:

  • September 1: For students enrolled in ACCY 303 and ACCY 304 during the fall semester of their senior year.
  • February 1: For students enrolled in ACCY 303 and ACCY 304 during the spring semester of their junior year.

Step 3 - Complete the checklist

  • Begin the Graduate College application: All of the steps below will be done through this Graduate College application. Be sure to select your program as Accountancy, then MAS.
  • Choose your references: Please choose two academic references who can speak to your ability to complete the MAS program while maintaining a 3.0 GPA. References do not need to provide a letter of recommendation. 
  • Upload your résumé (optional): Your resume should include work or internship experience, education and any achievements.
  • Upload your statement of purpose (optional): Please describe your previous academic work in Accountancy and any influences/experiences that have shaped your goals for graduate study and a professional career. Also include how these factors have impacted your goals for graduate study and a professional career.
  • Apply for 1st Stage Scholarships: We have scholarships available specifically for 1st stage MAS students. Select "yes" to apply for these opportunities during your application process

Applications are now open for juniors and 1st semester seniors. Start your application today!

Instructions for seniors graduating this academic year.

Undergraduate seniors majoring in accounting and ACES Accounting can finish the MAS admissions process through our 2nd Stage instructions. Once this application is complete, you will receive a final admission decision through the Illinois Graduate College.

Step 1 -  Ensure your eligibility:

  • Admission in good standing in the Department’s Accountancy program with at least 120 semester hours of credit by the start of the term for which the student seeks admission, including ACCY 405/415.
  • Students must have a grade point average of at least 3.0 (A=4.0) for the last three semesters (including summers) of undergraduate course work and of all undergraduate accountancy major course work.

Step 2 - Meet the Deadline:

  • February 1: Submit your application, which includes your Concentration and Financial Aid applications, to the Graduate School. The applications and all supporting materials must be received by February 1 to be considered.

Step 3 - Complete the checklist:

  • Complete the Graduate College application: All of the steps below will be done through this Graduate College application. Be sure to select your program as Accountancy, then MAS.
  • Choose your preferred concentration: MAS students can choose from concentrations in data analytics, corporate government, and international business, finance, real estate, information technology and control, and supply chain management.
  • Apply for MAS scholarships or financial aid: We have numerous scholarships and teaching assistantships available specifically for MAS students. Select “yes” to apply for these opportunities during your application process.
  • Send us your TOEFL scores (international students): Required if you are a non-native English speaker who plans to apply for a teaching assistantship. Official test scores are due by February 1st. 
  • Choose your references: Please choose two academic references who can speak to your ability to complete the MAS program while maintaining a 3.0 GPA. References do not need to provide a letter of recommendation.
  • Provide proof of funding and Declaration and Certification of Finances Form (international students): This document should be uploaded directly into your Graduate Collection application. Click here for more details.
  • Upload your résumé: Your resume should include work or internship experience, education and any achievements.
  • Upload your statement of purpose (optional): Please describe your previous academic work in Accountancy and any influences/experiences that have shaped your goals for graduate study and a professional career. Also include how these factors have impacted your goals for graduate study and a professional career.

Applications open on August 15, 2019.

Track 2: Non-University of Illinois Students

I have or am currently pursuing a four-year bachelor’s in accounting from another accredited institution in the U.S.  Applications open August 15, 2019.

View application checklist for Non-University of Illinois Students

Step 1 - Ensure your eligibility:

Students enter the MAS program at Gies Business with four things:

  • An undergraduate degree in accounting from any accredited U.S. institution (all four years must be completed in the U.S.).
  • A strong quantitative and verbal background.
  • U.S. based internship experience is strongly recommended for consideration.
  • A determination to make the most of their future in accountancy.

Step 2 - Meet the deadlines:

  • February 1: Submit your application, which includes your Concentration and Financial Aid applications, to the Graduate School. The applications and all supporting materials must be received by February 1 to be considered.

Step 3 - Complete the checklist:

1. Begin the Graduate College application: All of the steps below will be done through this Graduate College application. Be sure to select your program as Accountancy, then MAS.

2. Choose your preferred concentration: MAS students can choose from concentrations in data analytics, corporate government and international business, finance, real estate, information technology and control, and supply chain management.

3. Apply for MAS scholarships or financial aid: We have numerous scholarships and teaching assistantships available specifically for MAS students. Select “yes” to apply for these opportunities during your application process.

4. Send us your TOEFL scores (international students): This is only required if you are a non-native English speaker who plans to apply for a teaching assistantship.

5. Upload your official transcripts: To qualify for the program, you must have an undergraduate degree in accounting from an accredited US institution. All four years must be completed in the US. Be sure to include your most recent semester of grades.

6. Submit your GMAT score: A GMAT score is required by February 1. Applicants may qualify for a waiver if they demonstrate, through work experience and/or academic record, that they have a strong quantitative and verbal background. It is highly recommended that all applicants take the GMAT, as waivers will only be granted in rare cases where applicants have clearly demonstrated their qualification based on the criteria listed above. The GMAT is required for all applicants who will be applying for scholarships or teaching assistantships.

7. Upload your résumé: A US based internship is strongly recommended for consideration in this program. Your résumé should include work or internship experience, education and any achievements.

8. Upload your statement of purpose: Please describe your previous academic work in accountancy and any influences/experiences that have shaped your goals for graduate study and a professional career. Also include how these factors have impacted your goals for graduate study and a professional career. If you have specific interests in your proposed field of study, please tell us about them.

9. Choose your references: Please choose three references, including two from accounting faculty who can speak to your ability to complete the MAS program while maintaining a 3.0 GPA. Once you make your selection, we’ll contact them on your behalf.

10. Provide proof of funding and Declaration and Certification of Finances Form (international students): This document should be uploaded directly into your Graduate Collection application. Click here for more details.



If you are pursuing a bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than accounting, please visit our Master of Science in Accountancy program.



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