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 University of Illinois’ Canvas platform and Coursera’s MOOC platform. Courses include a combination of synchronous and asynchronous learning.
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 course, on the other hand, consists of on demand videos, reading materials, and basic quiz questions that are peer graded.
If you take iMSA coursework on Coursera with a verified certificate, your work will be transferred over and count towards the requirements of 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.)