Enroll as a Non-Degree Student

Take your first step to becoming a CPA

Taking University of Illinois iMSA accounting courses as a Non-Degree student is not only a great way to demonstrate your readiness for the degree program but also to earn university credits to meet the educational requirements for the CPA exam.

Graduate-level, for-credit iMSA courses start at various times throughout the year. They deliver content that can have immediate impact in your work, and credits can be applied to your iMSA.

Approval to take iMSA courses as a non-degree student will require a Bachelor’s degree in any academic discipline from an accredited institution in the United States or the international equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree. In addition it is recommended that applicants have a minimum academic or professional background in business.

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Instructions when completing your application

Program: Accountancy
Degree: iMSA General Non-Degree Program (Online)-NDEG

Why enroll in a for-credit course?

  1. You are planning to apply to the iMSA or are in the process of applying. You want to get a head start on your course work or take a first course as a way to ease back in to being a student.
  2. You want to enhance your academic credentials before you apply to the iMSA. The admissions team does take performance in these courses into account in making its decisions.
  3. You want to earn CPE credits to maintain your CPA license.
  4. You want to deepen your technical accounting knowledge in Financial Reporting, Audit, U.S. Federal Tax, or in Data Analytics.
  5. Or maybe you want to earn academic credit for transfer to another program or university. Credits earned are full University of Illinois credits but be sure to check with your home institution.

Course Offerings

View the iMSA course offerings.

How it works

You will go through a short application process to become a Non-Degree student.  You will be onboarded into our program and will then register for courses.

Courses are comprised of two parts– foundational content through Coursera and high-engagement content through the Illinois platform (Canvas.  These two parts are designed to be completed together.


The tuition rate for University of Illinois iMSA Courses is currently $850 per credit hour. Courses are typically 2 or 4 credit hours.