Admission to the Master of Accounting Science (MAS) program depends upon whether a student will have completed the undergraduate accountancy curriculum at ILLINOIS (i.e., ACCY 301, 302, 303, 304, 312, 405/415, 451, and 410). Students who will complete the ILLINOIS undergraduate accountancy curriculum and are currently enrolled in the initial stage of the BS/MAS program at ILLINOIS are eligible to apply to the graduate portion of this program.
Students who will complete the accountancy major requirements from another accredited college or university should refer to the Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) Program for information on the admission process and degree requirements.
The Master of Accounting Science (MAS) program prepares students for entry into both non-public and public accountancy careers through advanced study in an accountancy graduate program. This program includes preparation for the 150-hour requirement and the 30 accountancy credit hour requirement to be a candidate for the CPA examination in the State of Illinois.
The BS/MAS program is open to students that are current ILLINOIS Accountancy undergraduates. Students apply to the program during the junior year (approximately one and a half years ahead of when graduate study will begin) by completing the Initial Application. Students are informed of an initial admission decision by the middle of the spring semester of junior year. This enables students to plan coursework, internship opportunities, and study abroad programs accordingly.
During the senior year, students complete necessary course prerequisites for the graduate year. A second application to the University’s Graduate College is required in the middle of senior year. The Graduate College then makes the final determination of admission. All graduate coursework is completed during the graduate year, which is usually the fifth year of study.
Deadlines (Initial Application)
The February 1, 2017 deadline is for students that would like to enroll in the MAS in fall 2018.
September 1 (admission based on availability)
If space is available, the Department may also accept applications due September 1, 2016 for students that would like to enroll in the MAS in Fall 2017. Since the February 1 deadline is the primary application deadline, spaces may be limited and admission may be more competitive. It is not guaranteed that space will be available.
Initial Application Eligibility
To be eligible for initial application, students must have a senior semester or senior year remaining after the initial term of application. For example, a student that applies to the program by February 1, 2016 must still have remaining course work left to take during the fall 2016 semester, or the 2016-2017 academic year. Students graduating in May 2016 or August 2016 would not be eligible to apply. Alumni are also not eligible. September 1 applicants that have a spring semester internship in the immediate term following application submission are eligible. Students are encouraged to meet with an Accountancy Adviser if they have questions about eligibility.
Seniors that would like to pursue graduate education at ILLINOIS, but who missed the BS/MAS Initial Application, may apply to the Department’s MSA program. College of Business Accountancy alumni that did not pursue the BS/MAS program as undergraduates are also eligible to apply to the MSA Program.
*NO LATE APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED*
- Admission in good standing in the College of Business with a declared major in accountancy.
- A grade point average of at least 3.0 (A=4.0) for all undergraduate course work and for all undergraduate accountancy course work (including both required and elective courses). The grade point averages will include both grades of any repeated courses. Students should take business courses for a grade. When calculating grade point averages, the Department will treat business courses with a grade of CR as a C- and those with a grade of NC as an F. Business courses include those with accountancy, business administration, finance, and economics rubrics. Effective Fall 2015, students participating in an approved program with College of Business Study Abroad may take business elective classes from the other institution for CR/NC during the term abroad.
- 3.0 grade point averages do not guarantee admission since admission may be competitive depending on the number of applications received.
- Names and e-mail addresses of two academic references. Letters of recommendation are not required.
- A course plan must be completed with an Accountancy Academic Advisor. Please schedule an appointment with your advisor at https://my.business.illinois.edu/.
- A personal statement and/or resume.
The Department requires students who are offered admission to the Initial Stage to accept the admission offer by the deadline stated in the admission offer letter in order to be enrolled in the Initial Stage.
Graduate College Application
If you are initially admitted to the BS/MAS program during your junior year, you will need to complete a second application to the Graduate College. The Graduate College will then make the final determination of MAS admission. Students that have been accepted to the program after the Initial Application and accepted the Initial Application admission offer will have priority for Graduate College Admission.
Admission requirements to the Graduate College include:
- Admission in good standing in the Department’s Accountancy program and at least 120 semester hours of credit by the start of the term for which the student seeks admission, including ACCY 405/415.
- A grade point average of at least 3.0 (A=4.0) for the last three semesters of undergraduate course work and of all undergraduate accountancy major course work (including both required and elective courses). The grade point averages will include both grades of any repeated courses. Students must take business courses for a grade. When calculating grade point averages, the Department will treat business courses with a grade of CR as a C- and those with a grade of NC as an F. Business courses include those with accountancy, business administration, finance and economics rubrics. Effective Fall 2015, students participating in an approved program with College of Business Study Abroad may take business elective classes from the other institution for CR/NC during the term abroad.
- Names and addresses of three academic references. Letters of recommendation are not required.
- Applicants whose native language is not English must satisfy the Graduate College’s English Proficiency Requirement.
Deadlines – NO LATE APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED
Graduate College Application (including Concentration Application): January 15
Scholarship and Financial Aid Application: February 1
Application Checklist – Graduate College Applicants
Below is a list of the materials the Department must receive for a complete file.
- Graduate College Admission Application and application fee. You can submit your application online at the Graduate College (due January 15). This application includes an option to apply for a Graduate Concentration.
- University of Illinois transcript
- Applicants whose native language is not English must satisfy the Graduate College’s English Proficiency Requirement. Non-native speakers of English that wish to apply for graduate assistantships are required by the University to take the IELTS or TOEFL iBT. Non-native speakers of English must earn a TOEFL Speak score of 26 or better or an IELTS Speak score of 8 or better to be considered for graduate assistantships.
- Declaration & Certification of Finance form (international students only)
- If applying for scholarships and financial aid, then complete the Accountancy Scholarship/Financial Aid Application. Scholarship/financial aid decisions are made once a year. Decisions are made in the spring for the following academic year. Application deadline – Feb. 1
The admission requirements of the Graduate College also apply. Students are advised to familiarize themselves with the Graduate College Handbook.
Admission to the Graduate College will be on limited status prior to completing all requirements of the BS in Accountancy.