Online Master's of Accounting (iMSA)
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Become an analytics-minded professional with a fully online master’s from a top-ranked accounting powerhouse.
Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is consistently ranked among the nation's top three accounting programs and is, a revered destination for accounting education globally.
The online Master of Science in Accountancy (iMSA) provides students with skills in analytical thinking, data mining, and strategic accounting. This accounting degree is intentionally flexible to address the needs of today’s students: whether they seek to begin their career as an accountant, become a CPA, improve their standing in the accounting field and become a CFO, or want to leverage analytical skills in their existing non-accounting career.
Master's Degree in Accounting
The accounting industry is undergoing rapid change. New accountants need to become proficient in leading analytical techniques and tools like; programming in Python and R, data mining, statistical analysis and regression. All of this on top of a traditional accounting education.
The iMSA meets these needs with instruction from some of the very best accounting faculty in the world. Graduates from our program are in high-demand because they possess the most sought-after skills. Our alumni have gone on to become world-renowned founders of businesses, CEOs, CFOs, accounting firm partners, entrepreneurs, and other business leaders.
- $20,684 – $27,200 USD
Depending on elective course choices
- 1.5 – 3 years
- 32 hours of graduate coursework
- Completely online
Applications for the Spring 2022 cohort are open! Classes will start on January 18, 2022.
- Priority Deadline 1: October 7, 2021
- Priority Deadline 2: November 4, 2021
- Final Deadline: December 2, 2021
GRE / GMAT scores are not required.
Benefits of Applying Earlier
- Option to begin coursework early
- Option to connect with an academic support specialist early
The program has three official start dates throughout the year, in January, May, and August. Non-degree students can start at any time.
Please contact Gies College of Business at email@example.com.
The full Gies Online Events Calendar can be found here.
- October 18: "Why Gies Online? Why now?" | Register now
- October 20: Women's Coffee Chat | Register now
- October 28: Live Mock Class: "How to Extend your Brand to Enhance its Value" | Register now
- November 2: Student Ambassador Office Hours | Register now
- November 3: Office Hours with the Admissions Team | Register now
Choose Your Path
Ready to give the iMSA a try? Get started on your application today, or start with an open course. With an open course, you can try a part of the program in advance. These courses feature degree instructors, video lectures, and readings.
About the Program
The online MS in Accountancy program welcomes students from various backgrounds with a bachelor’s degree in any academic discipline. No accounting undergraduate degree is required for admission.Learn more about Admissions
The iMSA was developed by top accounting faculty. Students build expertise in leading analytics methods, financial reporting, audit and control, and U.S. federal taxation. This master's in accounting degree will help prepare you to sit for the CPA exam.Learn more about academics
Accounting jobs are projected to grow 10 percent by 2026. Through the iMSA, you’ll build expertise in cutting-edge analytics methods while you develop a strong foundation in accounting fundamentals.Learn more about Careers in Accounting
Courses are interactive. The #1 ranked accounting faculty from Gies College of Business will engage with you personally. Working with classmates live via web-conferencing is routine. The iMSA includes both a live virtual classroom and a self-directed component.Learn more about the student experience.
About University of Illinois
With the #1 accounting faculty in the nation, #2 undergraduate program, and #3 graduate program, Gies College of Business knows how to deliver a top-caliber education in accounting.Learn more about University of Illinois
Try out an open course to see if the iMSA is right for you. If you decide to apply to the program, the completed preview course gives you a head start on the material. You can also skip the open course and simply apply directly to the iMSA program.Learn more about how to get started
Round 2 priority application deadline for the Spring 2022 cohort
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