The Bachelor of Science in Accountancy (BS) prepares students for entry into a variety of fields in accountancy, including corporate accounting, accounting information systems, and governmental accounting. It also prepares students for graduate programs such as law or the University’s Master of Accounting Science program.
The Department of Accountancy offers a non-degree Certificate in Accountancy in the area of Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Examination preparation.
The Master of Accounting Science (MAS) program is a one-year program for students with a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from the University of Illinois, or equivalent from an accredited U.S. institution. The program is for students interested in careers in all facets of accountancy, including both public and non-public practices. The program provides an opportunity to obtain a more comprehensive foundation in accounting and, through electives, advanced knowledge in areas such as audit, corporate governance and international business, data analytics in accountancy, finance, information technology and control, real estate, supply chain management, and taxation.
The MS in Accountancy (MSA) program offers a one year accounting degree. Our students include those with limited or no prior accounting education as well as students with an undergraduate degree in accounting. The MSA core curriculum applies to all of our students. However, for those students who have previously taken significantly equivalent courses to any of those in our core curriculum, we will work with our students to find a suitable replacement to recognize the sufficiency of their prior accounting education. Our MSA program prepares students for success in accounting careers and provides the academic prerequisites for candidates who wish to take the United States Uniform Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam.
The iMSA is a hands-on and practice oriented program delivered completely online. It is designed for the working professional who needs flexibility. It is suited both for people already working in the accounting field and those who intend to use the degree to enter the field for the first time. The program builds expertise in the fundamentals of accounting and it delivers analytic capabilities that the industry defines as cutting-edge. The program can be completed in as few as four semesters (18 months) or as many as eight semesters (36 months).
The PhD program in Accountancy is designed to educate scholars for university faculty positions, and represents a set of minimum competencies that are necessary for an individual to succeed as an accountancy educator and researcher. The program emphasizes the economics, finance and behavioral-science roots of the accountancy discipline, and provides the institutional background and knowledge about research methods and economic, finance and behavioral-science theories necessary for success in an academic career.