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What can I expect as a Gies accounting student?

Accounting majors at Gies Business develop the skills to analyze and solve financial problems. Here, you will learn how to prepare and evaluate financial documents and how to provide clients with information and solutions to run their businesses efficiently, effectively, and ethically. Accounting professionals are found in every industry sector and at management and executive levels in nearly all companies, creating extensive opportunities for you to use your talents as a business leader.

Rewarding careers and successful outcomes

Accountants are in high demand, and that’s especially true of Gies Accountancy graduates. With a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from Gies, you will have a head start on a rewarding career in a variety of fields, including public or private accounting, accounting information systems, taxation, and auditing. In fact, Gies Business is a primary talent pipeline for the country’s top accounting and client service firms, which is why 99% of our accounting graduates have successful outcomes. In 2019, Gies Accountancy graduates earned an average salary of $65,755.

Ahead of the data analytics curve

At Gies, you will develop foundational skills in data analytics as well as accounting. As the home of the University of Illinois-Deloitte Foundation Center for Business Analytics, our College is revolutionizing the teaching surrounding big data. At Gies, you’ll be prepared for the future of the profession.

Engage with the profession

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Gies has exceptionally close ties with leading accounting firms. Professionals visit our classrooms, provide input on our curriculum, mentor our students, and actively recruit our graduates. The relationships our program has built with the profession and the opportunities we provide for you to engage with them advance your education and your career.

Learn from the best

The Department of Accountancy has a mission to lead the world in accounting education and thought, and we have the faculty to make it happen. Named #1 by the BYU Faculty Research Rankings, our Accountancy faculty has a reputation for excellence. For you, that means a dynamic experience, inside and outside the classroom, led by engaging teachers who are at the forefront of accounting thought. 

Typical Plan of Study

The typical plan of study includes business core courses, major core courses, and the required number of major electives. Students work directly with a Gies academic advisor to determine appropriate coursework, scheduling, and number of credit hours needed to fulfill degree requirements.

Business Core Courses
Accounting Major Core Courses
Recommended Coursework for CPA Exam Preparation

Earn a bachelor’s and master’s in five years

Prepare yourself to take the CPA exam and advance your career by entering our one-year Master of Accounting science program after completing your Bachelor of Science in Accountancy. Our MAS graduates have an 80% first-time CPA pass rate.

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U of I network supporting future entrepreneurs in Chicago

When Gies Business alumnus Carter Cofield (ACCY '13, MAS '14) decided to begin donating five percent of all revenue from his business to various nonprofits supporting entrepreneurship, The Gray Matter Experience was first on his list.