BS/MAS Program – Initial Application Deadline

Please note the following IMPORTANT DEADLINE:   Students aspiring to be graduate students in the Master of Accounting Science (MAS) program for Fall 2016 must apply by Feb. 1, 2015.

Application to the 5-year program has always been a two-step process; however, the first step is now REQUIRED.  See this Web site to download the Initial Application and for more information:

Any student that anticipates the following should complete this application by Feb. 1:

  • You will earn a Bachelor’s degree in December 2015, May 2016, or August 2016; and
  • You anticipate that Fall 2016 will be the start of your graduate MAS year.

Please note that this is THE opportunity for potential Fall 2016 graduate students to apply to the 5-year program. You must be a declared Accountancy major in the College of Business. If you are undecided about graduate school, we still recommend that you apply.  Admission decisions will be issued in March 2015 and you will be able to make a final decision about enrollment in the 5-year program in March.

Initial Application Checklist

  • Initial Application (takes about 10 minutes to complete)
  • Names and addresses of two academic references.  Letters of recommendation are not required.
  • Course Plan that must be completed with an Accountancy Academic Advisor.  You can schedule an individual appointment at  Calendars will open for January appointments at the beginning of the new year.  The ACCY advisors also have course plan drop-in hours on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday during this finals week from 10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in the Market Information Lab in BIF. Please bring a printed copy of your DARS report with you.  You can download one here:
  • Optional: A personal statement and/or resume

If you have questions, please contact an Accountancy advisor.

More SOC 100 Winter Seats Opening on 12/4

In response to overwhelming demand, the professor for the Winter Session offering of SOC 100, Dan Steward, has worked diligently to secure additional instructional support, and as a result, I’m pleased to announce that 30 additional seats will be available in that particular course. These will be released tomorrow, Thursday, December 4 at 9 a.m.

New Organizations

Real Estate Development Club-for those interested in real estate development for both personal investment and career opportunities, providing speakers and networking events in the areas of investment, construction, marketing, and property management.

Please contact if interested.

Investment Management Academy-connect students with professionals in the Investment Management industry through a speaker series and case study challenges. Please email if interested:

Illini Capital Management-Student Managed Fund-students will have the opportunity to manage real money and take responsibility for all of the Fund’s activities. Please email if interested:

New Courses

BADM395: Social Entrepreneurship & Social Change is a course taught by Professor Noah Isserman and is for students interested in learning about social entrepreneurship and creating products, programs, firms, or nonprofits that create social value. The focus of the course is about quickly determining your individual purpose and accessing the tools and teammates needed to create real-world solutions to social issues. View course sequence HERE.

BADM395: Social Entrepreneurship & Social Change provides students an opportunity to design and launch a product, service, or program intended to provide social value to communities. It considers social entrepreneurship and innovation as a broad approach to addressing social problems. In doing so, it incorporates techniques and strategies from all three sectors of economic and social life: government, private enterprise, and nonprofit action. High-potential student ventures can enroll in the second-stage course, SOCW380/BADM395, which focuses on incorporation and organizational growth.

The Hoeft Technology & Management Program Info Sessions

The Hoeft Technology & Management (T&M) Program bridges the gap between traditional engineering and business education by offering a unique curriculum to a select group of highly qualified business and engineering undergraduates. The T&M Program is a joint venture between the College of Business and the College of Engineering and works closely with its corporate affiliate partners to groom the best and the brightest students to be tomorrow’s leaders.

Tuesday, Nov. 18th5-6 p.m., 1320 DCL and

Wednesday, Nov. 19th4:30-5:30 p.m., 3039 BIF

Who? Business or engineering majors planning to graduate in May 2017 – December 2018

Questions? Please email

Mary T. Washington Wylie Internship Preparation Program

The Illinois CPA Society and the CPA Endowment Fund of Illinois are pleased to announce the third annual Mary T. Washington Wylie Internship Preparation Program (, an exciting opportunity for minority accounting students. The student application deadline date is November 25, 2014.

The Mary T. Washington Wylie Internship Preparation Program is a three day intensive program in downtown Chicago on January 5-7, 2015 that aims to prepare up to 25 students for life in the accounting profession. The third day of the program provides the participants with the opportunity to interview for paid internship slots with some of the most prestigious accounting firms and companies in the Chicagoland area. Students who are selected will be awarded a $500 scholarship to bring their newfound skills and knowledge back to your campus to share with other students in the form of presentations, workshops and guest speakers.

The program is designed for African American or other underrepresented minority students who are enrolled in an Illinois college or university and who have at least a 3.0 GPA and a sophomore or junior standing. Please click here to access the application:

The Richard J. Seif Technical Sales & Marketing Scholarship is available for the 2015-2016 academic year. Annual award $3,000


Richard J. Seif, an engineering and business graduate of Michigan State University, had a successful forty (40) year technical sales and marketing career at the Lincoln Electric Company.  Throughout his professional history, he championed the selling philosophy of James F. Lincoln that:  Sales is consulting engineering.  Marketing and selling welding products by economies and problem solving help drive fabricators and constructors to enhance quality, increase productivity, and operate in a safe environment.  Technical marketing and selling increases its importance in the welding field as more sophisticated technologies and automated systems are integrated into critical industrial segments involving public safety such as transportation vehicles, pressure vessels, pipe lines, bridges, building structures, and power plants.  Mr. Seif served as President and CEO of Lincoln Electric’s Canadian subsidiary and culminated his career as Senior Vice President of Global Marketing and Product Development for Lincoln Electric Holdings. In 2010, he was elected to the American Welding Society’s distinguished Class of Counselors.



The Richard J. Seif Technical Sales and Marketing Scholarship will be awarded to a full-time college junior or senior level student who pursues a bachelor’s degree in engineering or a bachelor’s degree in business with a sales or marketing emphasis, including technical electives and commits to a technical sales or marketing position in the welding industry.  The applicant must have an overall GPA of 2.5.  Proof of financial need is not required. The applicant may be a citizen of the US or Canada and be enrolled in a USA or Canadian college/university. The applicant must provide proof of working in the welding technical sales/marketing upon graduation with a letter of intent or job offer from a qualified company in the industry.  Priority will be given to those individuals attending Michigan State University.


To apply for this, or any of our other scholarships, please visit

State of the College Forums and Town Halls

From Associate Dean Jim Dahl:

Student Leaders,
We are hosting the first ever State of the College of Business Forums for all business undergrads. This event will provide a platform for faculty, administration, and students to come together as one united body, advancing the College.

The State of the College of Business Forums will take place with two different parts.

1) A Town Hall, which will be a conversation led by the Dean DeBrock about the strategic plan, available to all undergraduate students to attend. This event will be on November 4th, from 5:00-6:00pm in Wohlers 141.

2) Departmental breakout sessionswhich will create a small environment for students in their respective majors to hear about their program goals, curriculum, and future direction.
These sessions will be held on November 5th and 6th, with more information on the google document attached below.

Please fill out the form below, as space is limited with priority to junior and seniors in the College.


Accounting Winter Internship Workshop

Business Career Services
Accounting Winter Internship Workshop
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
5:15 until 6:16
1025 BIF

Interning during “busy season” offers intense work experience and provides realistic insights into a career as a public accountant. Being off-campus for Spring Semester also presents unique challenges. If you’ll be off-campus interning next semester, this workshop is a “not to be missed” event to help you make the most of the winter internship experience.

Students who will be eligible to apply in Spring Semester 2015 for “Winter 2016 Internships” should also attend this workshop to begin thinking ahead about how a winter internship will fit into your academic and career paths. You’ll be able to use the knowledge you’ll gain at the workshop when talking to recruiters at the Spring Career Fair and interviewing next semester!

Presenters are Sue Thomas, Academic Adviser in the Department of Accountancy and a panel of successful students who interned in various positions and firms during Spring Semester 2014. The panel will be moderated by Mary Kate Garner, our ILLINOIS recruiter with Plante Moran.

Please login to I-Link (‘EVENTS’ > ‘Career Development Programs’ > ‘Accounting Winter Internship Panel’) and RSVP if you plan to attend. See you there!

Co-sponsored by Accounting Club.

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