Program Overview

The iMSA is for people who want to be leaders in the accounting profession. The program builds expertise in the fundamentals of accounting – financial reporting, audit and control, and US federal taxation. Beyond that, the iMSA delivers analytic capabilities that the industry defines as cutting-edge. It is a hands-on and practice oriented program designed for people already working in the accounting field looking refresh their skill set, and for those who intend to use the degree to enter the field for the first time.


A hands-on, flexible program from a top ranked university

The Public Accounting Report has consistently ranked the Illinois on campus Master’s and undergraduate accountancy programs among the top three in the United States. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is an accounting powerhouse. The Department of Accountancy, home of the iMSA, has been ranked #1 by both the BYU’s Accounting Faculty Research Rankings and UT Dallas Top Business Schools based on Research Contributions Rankings.

The University has become an online education leader, as well. In partnership with Coursera, we have created flexible and rich learning options that have been called a “breakthrough.” University of Illinois online classrooms deliver unsurpassed levels of engagement and quality.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign tradition of excellence in graduate accountancy education began with the awarding of the department’s first master’s degree in 1922 and its first Ph.D. in 1939. The Department of Accountancy at the University of Illinois’ Gies College of business is one of the largest suppliers of leaders of the accountancy profession.

Careers in Accounting

Accounting jobs are projected to grow 10 percent by 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Through the iMSA, you’ll develop a strong foundation in accounting fundamentals and build expertise in cutting-edge analytics methods. Whether you’re a seasoned accounting professional or new to the field, you’ll be well position either advance your career and increase your earnings potential. The iMSA is your entry into a world of high paying accounting jobs such as the ones below.

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