Academic Planning and Advising

iMSA Degree Requirements

  • 32 University of Illinois semester hours of graduate course work of which at least 20 hours are in accountancy (ACCY) courses, and at least 4 hours are in a non-accountancy course
  • Students must meet the minimum MSA program coursework cumulative GPA requirement of 3.0, both by semester and program overall.
  • Students must meet the minimum MSA accountancy coursework cumulative GPA of 3.0, both by semester and program overall.

Course Offerings

iMSA ACCY courses are offered once a year.  You can view the Annual List of Course Offerings for information on both accountancy and non-accountancy course offerings.

Core Courses

ACCY 501 Accounting Analysis I Fall and Spring semester 4 credit hours
ACCY 502 Accounting Analysis II Spring semester 4 credit hours
ACCY 503 Managerial Accounting Spring semester 4 credit hours
ACCY 504 Auditing Fall Semester 4 credit hours
ACCY 505 Federal Taxation Fall Semester 4 credit hours


Accountancy Electives

ACCY 506 Advanced Financial Reporting Fall semester 4 credit hours
ACCY 507 Taxation of Business Entities Spring Semester 4 credit hours
ACCY 516 Professional Responsibility and Ethics for Accountants Summer Semester 3 credit hours
ACCY 569 Data Driven Decisions in Accounting Fall Semester 2 credit hours
ACCY 593 Infonomics Summer Semester 4 credit hours

Non-Accounting elective courses vary by semester and can be found on the Course Offering List above.

More specific information about both Accountancy and Non-Accountancy courses can be found on the Course Registration page.

Academic Advising

Degree-Seeking Students

Students are assigned an Academic Advisor who will work with them throughout the duration of their time in the program. One-on-one advising appointments are available to assist students. Advisors are also available to answer questions throughout the year. Students can use the Advising Calendar to schedule an appointment with their advisor.

Students and their advisor use the Degree Planning Worksheet available in the iMSA Onboarding Course to map out their timeline to degree completion and help track completion of degree requirements.

Non-Degree Seeking Students

While you won’t have an assigned academic adviser as a non-degree student, we encourage you to reach out to imsa-support@illinois.edu with any questions you have about courses or registration. This is particularly important if you plan on applying to the degree program at a later date. You can work with an adviser to make sure you are on the right path should you later be admitted to the program.