Gies College of Business


What is Accountancy?

Accountancy is about the recording, analysis, and reporting of financial information. In this major, you'll learn how to ask questions, analyze, make judgments, solve problems, and make decisions. Our program will prepare you for accounting positions in a variety of fields. Pursuing our fifth-year master’s degree also is an option.

First-year students need to apply to Business Undeclared for admission consideration to Gies. They then can pursue the Accountancy degree if admitted.

Career Options

  • Corporate accounting
  • Forensic consulting
  • Government accounting
  • Information technology consulting
  • Nonprofit accounting
  • Public accounting
  • Risk consulting

Post-Graduation Success1

97% employed or continuing education

40% employed after graduation

57% attending graduate school

$62,142 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), KPMG View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Columbia University, University of Southern California View All

Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Commitment to activities, employment, or community involvement

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

3.7 years to degree

96% first-year retention rate

83% four-year graduation rate

93% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs3

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $17,976
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,222
  • Total: $41,126


  • Tuition: $37,096
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses:$18,562
  • Total: $60,586


  • Tuition: $42,868
  • Fees: $4,928
  • Expenses: $18,562
  • Total: $66,358