Students in a tiered classroom learning from an accounting professor

A top master's in accounting degree designed for any undergraduate major

Add accounting to your skill set and become a business leader in just one year with this top-ranked Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) from Gies College of Business.

This STEM-designated accounting program is designed for students of all academic backgrounds; a bachelor's degree in accounting is not required.

You'll develop skills to excel in a competitive job market, while becoming a more professional version of yourself. The Department of Accountancy features a #1 ranked faculty (according to BYU’s Faculty Research Ranking) focused on providing an outstanding student experience, strengthening your business skills, and developing leading-edge accounting curriculums.

Applications for Summer (June) 2023 will open on October 1. Please fill out this form and we will notify you when the application cycle opens.

Strong career opportunities

We are proud that 100% of the 2021 domestic graduates seeking employment found successful outcomes within three months of graduation, and international graduates reported 97% successful outcomes within six months of graduating in 2021.

As one of the largest suppliers of leaders for the accounting profession, we boast more partners in the Big-Four CPA firms than any other university. Our graduates consistently go on to earn positions with major corporations such as: ADM, Amazon, Deloitte, DuPont, EY, Facebook, GE, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, KPMG, Nielsen, PwC, and Tencent.

With the MSA, you to gain a competitive advantage in the job marketplace. Future employers want to hire students who are academically excellent and also possess the important professional business skills. The MSA team works hard, along with the Office of Career and Professional Development, to intentionally create impactful opportunities for students to develop a balance between technical and non-technical skills.

Leading curriculum with a focus on data analytics

Technical excellence is a given. Hiring outstanding faculty, admitting students with exceptional credentials, delivering innovative and market-relevant accounting curriculum, and preparing students to pass the CPA exam are essential ingredients of our leading accounting master’s program. At Gies, we take all of these areas seriously. We teach students to develop and apply an analytics-oriented mindset to a variety of accounting scenarios, including financial accounting, audit and tax, advisory and managerial, and forensics. 

Practicing skills is an equally important component of learning. At Gies, we create opportunities for our students to learn by doing through practicing key technical and non-technical business skills. The results are invaluable and help to accelerate personal and professional development.

The MSA core curriculum applies to all of our students. However, for those students who have previously taken accounting courses equivalent to those in our core curriculum, we will work with you to find a suitable course replacement to recognize the sufficiency of your prior accounting education.

An outstanding student experience

The master's in accounting program balances academic education with the development of nontechnical business soft skills though a personalized approach. That’s what makes our program unique. We create experiences to enhance your education, job search, wellness, personal and professional development, and cultural fit.

For international students, we offer a supportive environment. This includes the opportunity to enhance your understanding of American university culture and improve your English speaking proficiency through networking events, conversation partners, and group outings. If you’re looking for a STEM-designated, top-ranked graduate accounting degree that will exceed your expectations, look no further than the MSA at Gies Business.

Madison Held Portrait from Master of Science in Accountancy

"The Gies MSA has given me connections in the working world which I would have never achieved if it wasn't through UIUC. I also had incredible professors and felt they did everything in their power to help me in and out of the classroom."

Madison Held, MSA '21

Shawna Varela Portrait from the Master of Science in Accountancy Program

"Having come from a very small women's liberal arts college, with less than 800 undergraduate students, I chose UIUC and the MSA program for the large University experience, well-known reputation in industry, and unmatched career services team to help prepare me for a career in business."

Shawna Varela, MSA '21

Shuxin MSA Graduate

"MSA’s good reputation attracts lots of firms & companies to the business career fair. What I learned from the program and the business career service made me a stronger candidate for job openings. Most importantly, I learned how to step out of my comfort zone and to keep learning through the rest of my life." 

Shuxin Hu, MSA '20


Gies News and Events

Gautam Pant

Enemies at the gate — using web analytics to predict emerging competitors

Gautam Pant comes to Gies as a professor in the Department of Business Administration. Gautam spent the past 11 years at the University of Iowa’s Tippie College of Business where he was a professor and Henry B. Tippie Research Fellow as well as the director of graduate studies in business analytics.

Andrea Rozario

Accounting 2.0 — Exploring the real impact of artificial intelligence

Andrea Rozario joins Gies this fall as an assistant professor in the Department of Accountancy. Andrea’s research focuses on the effects of technology on accounting and auditing outcomes, and the application of technologies to accounting and auditing to improve efficiency and effectiveness.