Positions Filled by MAS Graduates (2016-2019)

According to a report by Georgetown's Center on Education and the Workforce, graduate accountancy alumni earn an average of 32% more per year than their counterparts with just a bachelor's degree by their late 20s, resulting in a $1.5 million increased earning potential over a lifetime. Gies MAS alumni have secured positions as a tax manager, senior associate, vice president of consulting, director of finance, senior analyst, and more within just 4-6 years of graduation.

  • Assurance Associate
  • Audit Associate
  • Deal Advisory Associate
  • Financial Analyst
  • Forensic Accounting Associate
  • Internal Auditor
  • International Tax Associate
  • Quantitative Research Analyst
  • Risk Advisory Associate
  • Risk Assurance Associate
  • Staff Accountant
  • State and Local Tax Associate
  • Tax Associate
  • Wealth Management Associate

Employers Hiring MAS Graduates (2016-2019)

  • Andersen Tax
  • BDO
  • Crowe Horwatch
  • Deloitte
  • EY
  • Grant Thornton
  • KPMG
  • MaloneBailey
  • Miller Cooper
  • Plante Moran
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)
  • RSM

Top Destinations for Recent MAS Graduates (2016-2019)

By US Cities:

  1. Chicago
  2. Champaign-Urbana
  3. New York City
  4. Los Angeles
  5. Atlanta
  6. San Francisco
  7. St. Louis

By Country:

  1. United States
  2. China
  3. Germany
  4. Indonesia

Meet MAS Alumni

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On-Campus Recruiting Opportunities

The reputation of our College and our graduates brings hundreds of recruiters from the world’s top companies to campus each semester. The Gies Business Career Services team sponsors recruiting fairs each fall and spring semester, which provide opportunities for students to interview with companies for full-time and internship positions.

In addition, you have additional opportunities to participate in recruiting fairs across campus, including two in The Grainger College of Engineering; one in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences; one in the Research Park; and two all-campus recruiting fairs. As a Gies student, you can take advantage of a full array of resources and the experience of our Gies Business Career Services professionals to prepare you for these recruiting opportunities.

Career Development and Job Search Services

Here at Gies, we are dedicated to your career development, whether that means preparing you for a successful job search or helping you plan for your professional life after graduation. Throughout the year, the Gies Business Career Services team offer a wide range of services and development programming including but not limited to:

  • Résumé, LinkedIn profile, and cover letter reviews
  • In-person interview workshops and practice
  • Digital and virtual interviewing platform
  • Case interview resources
  • One-on-one advising
  • Career fair preparation
  • Online platform access and guidance
  • Company information sessions
  • Virtual alumni conversations

Accounting Career Outlook

Accounting jobs are projected to grow by 6% from 2018 to 2028. Through the MAS program, you’ll develop a strong foundation in accounting fundamentals, build an expertise in data analytics, and prepare to pass the CPA.

  • 2019 median pay: $71,550
  • Number of jobs in 2018: 1,424,000
  • Top industries: finance and insurance, management of companies, accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping, and payroll services

U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Accountants and Auditors, https://www.bls.gov/ooh/business-and-financial/accountants-and-auditors.htm (visited June 14, 2020)

Gies News and Events

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Five professors named ORMIR Fellows

Five professors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have been chosen as fellows for the Office of Risk Management & Insurance Research (ORMIR) at Gies College of Business.