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Apply to the MAS Program

The next class starts in August (Fall) 2020. Applications are now open. Start your application today!

The following are application requirements and instructions for Non-University of Illinois students. If you are currently an undergraduate student from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign pursuing a bachelor’s in accounting (Gies) or agricultural accounting (ACES), click here for requirements.

Step 1 - Ensure 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.). If you are pursuing a bachelor’s degree in a discipline other than accounting or completing your degree outside the U.S., please visit our Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) program.
  • 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 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 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 within the Program tab.

2. Apply to your preferred concentration: MAS students can select their preferred concentration from data analytics, corporate government and international business, finance, real estate, information technology and control, and supply chain management. Space may be limited in certain concentrations.

3. Apply for MAS scholarships or financial aid (optional): 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): A new TOEFL score is not required for admissions, but a valid TOEFL score is required to apply for a teaching assistantship. Official test scores are due by February 1, and a minimum speaking score of 26 is required to obtain a teaching assistantship. Scores can be sent to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign using our institution code, 1836.

5. Upload your unofficial 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. Unofficial transcripts can be uploaded within the application system, but degree audits will not be accepted.  

6. Submit your official GMAT score: A GMAT score is required by February 1. Scores can be sent to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign using our institution code, 1836.

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.

11. Application Fee: $70 (Domestic Students), $90 (International Students)



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