A top accounting master’s degree designed for any undergraduate major
Add accounting to your skillset and become a business leader in just one year with this top-ranked Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) from Gies College of Business.
This STEM-designated accounting program is designed for students of all academic backgrounds; a bachelor's degree in accounting is not required.
You'll develop skills to excel in a competitive job market while becoming a more professional version of yourself. The Department of Accountancy features a #1 ranked faculty (according to BYU’s Faculty Research Ranking) focused on providing an outstanding student experience, strengthening your business skills, and developing leading-edge accounting curriculums.
Applications for Summer (June) 2021 open on October 1.
Strong career opportunities
We are proud that 100% of 2019 domestic graduates seeking employment landed a job within three months of graduation, and international graduates reported a placement rate of 78% within six months of graduation in 2019 (data retrieved with a 63% knowledge rate).
As one of the largest suppliers of leaders for the accounting profession, we boast more partners in the Big-Four CPA firms than any other university. Our graduates consistently go on to earn C-suite positions with major corporations such as:
PwC and PwC China
With the MSA, you gain a competitive advantage in the job marketplace. Future employers want to hire students who are academically excellent and also possess important professional business skills. The MSA team works hard, along with Gies Business Career Services, to intentionally create impactful opportunities for students to develop a balance between technical and non-technical skills.
200+ Started their careers with Big Four firms
2018 Accounting Graduates
#1 Accountancy faculty
BYU Accounting Faculty Research Rankings
100% Domestic placement rate within three months of graduation
Leading curriculum with a focus on data analytics
Technical excellence is a given. Hiring outstanding faculty, admitting students with exceptional credentials, delivering innovative and market-relevant accounting curriculum, and preparing students to pass the CPA exam are essential ingredients of our leading accounting master’s program. At Gies, we take all of these areas seriously. We teach students to develop and apply an analytics-oriented mindset to a variety of accounting scenarios, including financial accounting, audit and tax, advisory and managerial, and forensics.
Practicing skills is an equally important component of learning. At Gies, we create opportunities for our students to learn by doing through practicing key technical and non-technical business skills. The results are invaluable and help to accelerate personal and professional development.
The MSA core curriculum applies to all of our students. However, for those students who have previously taken accounting courses equivalent to those in our core curriculum, we will work with you to find a suitable course replacement to recognize the sufficiency of your prior accounting education.
An outstanding student experience
The MS in Accountancy balances academic education with the development of non-technical business soft skills through a personalized approach. That’s what makes our program unique. We create experiences to enhance your education, job search, wellness, personal and professional development, and cultural fit.
For international students, we offer a supportive environment. This includes the opportunity to enhance your understanding of American university culture and improve your English speaking proficiency through networking events, conversation partners, and group outings. If you’re looking for a STEM-designated, top-ranked graduate accounting degree that will exceed your expectations, look no further than the MSA at Gies Business.
Curriculum and Requirements
The MSA program begins in June each year. The MSA degree requires 32 semester hours of graduate course work of which at least 20 hours are in graduate-level accounting courses, and at least 4 hours are in a non-accountancy graduate course. In addition to the core curriculum, some students may be eligible to add a concentration. Our MSA program has concentrations in:
Business & Public Policy
Corporate Governance & International Business
Data Analytics in Accountancy
Information Technology & Control
Supply Chain Management
On-Campus Recruiting Opportunities
The reputation of our College and our graduates bring hundreds of recruiters from the world’s top companies to campus each semester. The Gies Business Career Services team sponsors recruiting fairs each fall and spring semester, which provides opportunities for students to interview with companies for full-time and internship positions.
In addition, you have additional opportunities to participate in recruiting fairs across campus, including two in The Grainger College of Engineering; one in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences; one in the Research Park; and two all-campus recruiting fairs. As a Gies student, you can take advantage of a full array of resources and the experience of our Gies Business Career Services professionals to prepare you for these recruiting opportunities.
Career Development and Job Search Services
Here at Gies, we are dedicated to your career development, whether that means preparing you for a successful job search or helping you plan for your professional life after graduation. Throughout the year, the Gies Business Career Services team offer a wide range of services and development programming including but not limited to:
Résumé, LinkedIn profile, and cover letter reviews
In-person interview workshops and practice
Digital and virtual interviewing platform
Case interview resources
Career fair preparation
Online platform access and guidance
Company information sessions
Virtual alumni conversations