Master of Science in Accountancy

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has consistently ranked among the top accountancy departments in the United States. Business Week, U.S. News & World Report, and Public Accounting Report have rated both the undergraduate and graduate accounting programs among the best in the United States.  See Why Illinois for additional details of our rankings and other compelling reasons why an individual should choose Illinois.

The M.S. in Accountancy (MSA) program takes one year to complete. 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) examination.

Although successful completion of our students’ academic requirements will always take precedent, our MSA program strives for a balanced approach to our students’ experience as captured in our mission and motto.  Our ultimate goal?  To help every student become a more “complete” accounting professional.

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