Students enter the MAS program at Gies Business with four things:

  1. An undergraduate degree in accounting from any accredited U.S. institution (all four years must be completed in the U.S.).
  2. A strong quantitative and verbal background.
  3. U.S. based internship experience is strongly recommended for consideration.
  4. A determination to make the most of their future in accountancy.

Now that you’re ready to take that next step in your education, Gies is the right place for you.

Start by completing the following steps toward admission. We’re going to guide you through every requirement for eligibility and deadline to meet. If you follow these steps, you’ll be ready to apply and follow your goal toward a purposeful career.

Be sure to check out this FAQ for any unanswered questions that might arise while looking over the following instructions.

*If you’re a current Illinois undergraduate student looking for admissions information, visit this MAS page.


Step 1: Ensure your eligibility

Through these requirements:

  1. Earn an undergraduate degree in accounting from any accredited U.S. institution.
  2. Submit a GMAT score.
    *Effective June 1, 2018, applicants may qualify for a waiver if they demonstrate, through work experience and/or academic record, that they have a strong quantitative and verbal background. It is highly recommended that all applicants take the GMAT as waivers will only be granted in rare cases where applicants have clearly demonstrated their qualification based on the criteria listed above. The GMAT is also required for all applicants who will be applying for scholarships or assistantships. 
  3. Prove English proficiency if you are non-native English speaker.
    *Check out the Graduate College’s proficiency requirements
    *A TOEFL score is required for all non-native English speakers who plan to apply for an assistantship.

Through a few additional standards assessed for admission:

  1. A cumulative 3.0 GPA, a 3.0 GPA for last three full semesters, and a 3.0 GPA in accounting documented through official transcripts.
  2. A statement of purpose explaining your purpose for applying to the MAS program.
  3. Three letters of reference, including two from accounting faculty who can speak to the applicant’s ability to complete the MAS program while maintaining a 3.0 GPA.
  4. The Graduate College’s admission requirements.
    *Familiarize yourself with the Graduate College Handbook for more details.


Step 2: Meet the Deadline

  1. February 1: Submit your application, which includes your Concentration and Financial Aid applications, to the Graduate School. The applications and all supporting materials must be received by February 1 to be considered.


Step 3: Complete this checklist

  • Graduate College application.
  • Concentration application (within the Graduate College application).
  • Three letters of reference.
  • Official GMAT Score (institution code VKR TK 03).
  • English proficiency for non-native English speakers required for an assistantship (institution code 1836).
  • All official transcripts.
  • Proof of Funding and Declaration and Certification of Finances form (international students only).
  • Accountancy Scholarship/Financial Aid Application (within the Graduate College application).