Welcome MSA Class of 2023

We are excited that you will join the MS in Accounting program at Gies College of Business here at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. You are now part of the Gies family, and we want to make sure you take advantage of all the support and resources available to you and that starts today!

Step 1: Review the New Student Checklist

Please review and complete the New Graduate Student Checklist. These are essential steps to help you get started with your graduate school experience

Step 2: Claim Your NetID

Your NetID will give you access to campus services, including e-mail and file storage. New students should visit the NetID claiming website.

Step 3: Complete Career Management Foundations Course

You will need to complete the Career Management Foundations Course. Please follow the instructions listed in the New Student Checklist.

Step 4: Review the Graduate Student Manual

Be sure to download the Graduate Student Manual and review it prior to orientation. It is important that you are aware of this content


Orientation activities begin the week of June 5th

Registration will be on Tuesday, June 7th

Summer Classes begin on Monday, June 13th

Orientation Schedule Coming Soon

Familiarize Yourself with Campus

The University of Illinois has a great collection of online touring videos. Check these out so you'll know the landscape when you set foot on campus.

Youtube Tours

Youku Tours

Rachel Schwartz

Academic Director, MSA

"As the Academic Director, I lead all academic facets of the MSA program - from managing our highly competitive admissions process to overseeing your individualized study plan and the rigorous courses that will stimulate your growth as a business thinker and leader. We deliver an exceptional graduate educational experience that will prepare you to launch the next stage in your career. I am delighted that you will join our MSA family and look forward to meeting you soon!"

Emily Ziegler

Associate Program Director, MSA

"Congratulations & Welcome to Illinois! As the Associate Program Director, I lead our efforts to deliver a memorable and impactful student experience - one that focuses on your academic, personal and professional development. I look forward to meeting you in June!"

Trent Shumway

Assistant Director, Academic and Student Services, MSA

"Welcome to the MSA Program! As the Assistant Director of Academic & Student Services, I act as MSA students' academic advisor and help to plan student activities. I'm here to help you with course planning, registration, academic challenges and graduation. I look forward to learning about your academic interests and goals and supporting your success in our program!"

Lily Huang

Associate Director, Graduate Career Advising

"I am delighted to welcome you to the Illinois Gies family! As your designated Career Advisor, I look forward to the opportunity to work with you before, during and even after your MSA experience on all things related to career and professional development. Our dedicated Career Services advising team offers a variety of pre-arrival career preparation, one-on-one advising, training and development programs, career management newsletters, and access to the campus recruiting job board. Career Services is your resource to helping you realize your full career potential and navigate the global job market."

Taylor Young

Office Manager, MSA

"I will be your first point of contact when you arrive on campus. I am available to help answer any questions and direct you to the right university resources. I support our team in helping make sure you have the best academic and student experience possible. I look forward to meeting all of you."

If you have any questions for our Career Services team submit them here


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