Students in a tiered classroom learning from an accounting professor

A top accounting master’s 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 2021 are closed. Applications for Summer (June) 2022 will open in October.

Strong career opportunities

We are proud that 100% of the 2020 domestic graduates seeking employment landed jobs landed a job within three months of graduation, and international graduates reported a placement rate of 86% within six months of graduating in 2020 (data retrieved with a 67% knowledge rate).

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 C-suite positions with major corporations such as: PwC, Deloitte, KPMG, EY, RSM, and Huawei Technologies.

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 Gies Business Career Services, 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 '22

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

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Donohoe: ‘Investigator DNA’ key to evolution of accountancy

Professor Michael Donohoe believes the next generation of accountants will have “investigator DNA” and a strategic mindset. “With the growing emphasis on business analytics, our students are becoming investigators who ask big questions, use data, and state of the art statistical methods to investigate those questions in a meaningful way."

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Examining the role of trust in negotiations

Mingshuang Ji joined Gies this fall as an instructor of business administration. In addition to researching team dynamics, trust, and negotiation, Mingshuang is teaching Business Dynamics (B201) and Business in Action (B301).