Frequently Asked Questions
On successful completion of the program, you will earn a full master’s degree in accounting from the University of Illinois, the same degree you would earn if you attended classes on campus.
The iMSA is delivered fully online through the Coursera MOOC platform. To satisfy the degree requirements, students will complete 16 University of Illinois credit-bearing courses. Each Accounting course runs 8 weeks long and represents 2 credit hours (for a total of 32 credit hours). Each iMSA credit-bearing course is offered on a semester schedule (fall, spring, summer).
iMSA credit-bearing courses consist of a high engagement component and a Coursera MOOC component. The high-engagement component for each iMSA course provides the ability for University of Illinois faculty to deliver weekly live classes during which you can ask questions and interact with your peers. Moreover, Illinois faculty and teaching assistants provide feedback on submitted assignments, projects, and exams. The typical Coursera MOOC courses on the other hand consist of on demand videos, reading materials, and basic quiz questions that are peer graded.
Yes. If you did take the iMSA course on Coursera with a verified certificate, your grades will be transferred over and count towards the grade on the for-credit portion of that particular iMSA course.
No. You can complete Coursera MOOC courses prior to completing the high-engagement course. Any assignments that were only peer or auto graded for the Coursera MOOC courses can be submitted later to the high-engagement component for consideration by the faculty and staff to satisfy the requirements of the credit bearing courses. (For traditional face-to-face courses, this is analogous to auditing a course and then later taking the course and handing in any assignments the student completed while auditing the course.)