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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 process that is right for you:

Option 1: I am currently an undergraduate student from the University of Illinois pursing a bachelor’s in accountancy or a concentration in agricultural accounting: View Application Requirements

Option 2: I already have or am currently pursuing a four-year bachelor’s in accounting from another accredited institution in the U.S: View Application Requirements

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

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

As a Gies Business undergraduate student majoring in accounting, you can make the most of your future and take the next step in your education with the MAS graduate program. Pursue a purposeful career with this one-year graduate program that enhances your foundation in accountancy and better prepares you for the CPA exam.

Gies Business undergraduate juniors and seniors who major in accountancy and are currently enrolled in ACCY 303 and ACCY 304 can begin applying to the MAS graduate program. You must have at least a 3.0 grade point average for all undergraduate course work and for all undergraduate accountancy course work (including both required and elective courses) to be eligible. 

Admissions – 1st Stage Instructions

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

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 references: Please choose two academic references who can speak to your ability to complete the MAS program while maintaining a 3.0 GPA.

3. Upload your résumé (optional): Your resume should include work or internship experience, education and any achievements.

4. 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.

Meet the Deadline February

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

Admissions – 2nd Stage Instructions

Gies Business undergraduate seniors majoring in accounting or ACES undergraduate seniors with a concentration in agricultural accounting can finish the MAS admissions process through our 2nd Stage Instructions. Please note, you must be in good standing in the Department’s Accountancy program and have at least 120 semester hours of credit by the start of the term for which you seek admission, including ACCY 405/415.

Once this application is complete, you will receive a final admission decision through the Illinois Graduate College.

1. 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.

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. An updated TOEFL score is required for all non-native speakers who plan to apply for a teaching assistantship.

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. 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.

6. Provide proof of funding and Declaration and Certification of Finances Form (international students): This document should be uploaded directly into your Graduate Collection application.

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.

I already have or am currently pursuing my bachelor’s in accounting from an accredited institution in the US

Now that you’re ready to take that next step in your education, Gies is the right place for you. Start by completing the following steps toward admission. We’re going to guide you through every requirement for eligibility and deadline to meet. Remember, you are required to have a bachelor’s degree in accountancy with all four years completed in the United States. U.S. internship experience is also strongly recommended. 

Start your application

It’s simple to apply online for the MAS program. To speed up the process, here are a few items you’ll need and what you’ll need to do:

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. An updated TOEFL score is required for all non-native speakers who plan to apply for an assistantship.

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.

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.

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