Application Checklist

  • Online Application: Take a few minutes to review our admission requirements and begin your application. To get started, create an account and select Accountancy as the program and Accountancy MS (online)–iMSA as the degree. You can start your application and complete it over time if you wish.
  • Transcripts and Degree Certificates: As part of the application process, all applicants must submit unofficial transcripts and degree certificates if applicable, along with certified English translations if the records are in a language other than English. An officer of the educational institution issuing the documents must certify credentials. Certified copies of these documents must be scanned and uploaded into the Upload Credentials Here section of your online application in order for us to complete the review of your application. If you are admitted, you have to request that the educational institution which issued those transcripts and degree certificates send your official and original transcripts and degree certificates either in a sealed envelope or electronically to the University of Illinois. Transcripts sent directly by an institution that do not need to be returned to you should be sent to the address below or electronically to

Graduate College Admissions
Registration and Enrollment Services
507 E. Green Street Suite 101, MC-434
Champaign, IL 61820

  • Professional Resume: Your professional resume should include personal information (name, address, telephone number and email address), educational background, work experience (start and end dates for each position, brief description of responsibilities, location of employer if you are an international applicant). You may also include relevant educational training and memberships in professional associations.
  • Personal Statement: Your personal statement should briefly describe your reasons for pursuing the iMSA degree and your personal and professional goals. Please limit your personal statement to 1500 words.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation: Three letters of Recommendation from business sources or academic sources. We strongly recommend that your business references come from individuals who know you in a professional setting and can speak to your leadership abilities and to your commitment to succeed in a rigorous program. At least one of the letters should come from your current or previous supervisor. Academic references should be from professors whose course(s) you have taken. Personal references from friends and family members are not acceptable.
  • GMAT or GRE Score Reports: New as of March 26, 2020: The GMAT/GRE is no longer required for the iMSA. You may still choose to submit your GMAT/GRE to strengthen your application, but it is not required. Your official GMAT scores may be sent directly to the Business Graduate Programs Office: Institution Code – 1836 (Program Code VKR-TK-55).
  • TOEFL/IELTS Score Reports: All applicants whose native language is not English must take the Internet-Based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test. Your official TOEFL (or IELTS) scores must be sent directly to the Business Graduate Programs Office: Institution Code – 1836.  If you meet certain conditions, you may qualify for an exemption to the English proficiency requirement.
  • iMSA Coursework Form (upload as part of online application): The iMSA Coursework Form includes a list of prerequisite coursework and additional relevant coursework.
  • Supplemental Materials: Upload any supplemental materials, if any, as part of the online application.