Online Master of Science in Accountancy

The online Master of Science in Accountancy (iMSA) is a fully online program. The highly-engaged delivery format and our world-renowned faculty provide students with a hands-on and practice-oriented learning experience. The iMSA prepares students for success in accounting careers and provides the academic prerequisites for candidates who wish to take the United States Uniform Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam.

The iMSA is designed for those already working in the accounting field looking to refresh their skill set and for those who intend to use the degree to enter the field for the first time. A mirror of the on-campus Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) curriculum, the online MSA (iMSA) uses a flexible program format. It allows students to balance academic life with other obligations. The shortest time to degree completion with an August start date is four semesters (18 months) and with a January start date 6 semesters (24 months).  Students can take as many as eight semesters (36 months) to complete the degree. 

The University of Illinois accountancy programs have consistently been ranked in the top three by the US News & World Report and the Public Accounting Report.

The iMSA program begins in August and in January each year.

ACCY 501Accounting Analysis I4
ACCY 502Accounting Analysis II4
ACCY 503Managerial Accounting4
ACCY 504Auditing4
ACCY 505Federal Taxation4
or substitute graduate accountancy courses approved by a program advisor
Graduate electives with at least 4 hours credit in a non-accountancy graduate course12
Total Hours32

Other Requirements1 

Other requirements may overlap
Minimum 500-level Hours Required Overall: 20 (of the total 32 required)
Students shall earn at least 24 of the 32 total graduate hours while enrolled in the Graduate College at Urbana-Champaign.
Electives shall form a coherent program of study approved by a program advisor.
Minimum iMSA program coursework cumulative GPA, both by semester and program overall 3.0
Minimum iMSA accountancy coursework cumulative GPA, both by semester and program overall 3.0

An optional CPA Review course (ACCY 398) is available. The credit hours for the CPA Review Course do not count towards the 32 credit hours required to graduate.