The Graduate Certificate in Accounting Analytics (GCAA) is for students and working professionals to pair their accounting knowledge and skills with data and analytical knowledge. The GCAA will provide a building block for master’s in accounting students and working professionals seeking a career change or advancement and provides a foundation to complete for current accounting employment opportunities.
- 12 credits
- Courses are taught at the Fairfax campus.
- Courses taken in the accounting analytics certificate program can be applied towards the 10-course master’s in accounting degree program.
Applicants are required to have, at a minimum, a U.S. equivalent bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and have completed courses equivalent to Mason’s ACCT 351 (Taxation and Managerial Decision Making) and ACCT 461 (Assurance and Audit Services).
Applying: Internal Candidates
- Students enrolled in a graduate program at the George Mason University School of Business must submit a secondary graduate certificate admission application to their academic advisor by November 15.
Applying: External Candidates
- Online application and application fee ($75)
- Transcripts from all colleges or universities attended. Each transcript needs to include course names, all grades received, cumulative GPA, and degree conferral information
- Goals statement
- In no more than 750 words, tell us why you believe that the Accounting Analytics graduate certificate program is the best fit for you. Include information about your personal qualities, academic background, professional experience, and career goals.
- C.V. or resume indicating relevant work experience
- Proof of English proficiency for students who have earned their degree outside of the United States (either TOEFL or IELTS)
- Internet Based TOEFL (IBT) - 93 with no less than a 20 in any of the four sections
- IELTS - minimum overall score of 7.0 with no less than a 7.0 in each section: listening, reading, writing, and speaking
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Please remember that it is your responsibility to ensure that your application is complete, including all references, transcripts, the application fee, test scores, and international documentation if applicable. Please note that we will acknowledge documents which are posted/emailed to us when they are processed rather than when they are received. All documents are non-returnable.
Graduate tuition rates apply for the Graduate Certificate in Accounting Analytics program. Learn more about current tuition and fee rates. Maryland and Washington, D.C. residents qualify for in-state tuition.
The Graduate Certificate in Accounting Analytics program currently going through the process of becoming approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs for Veterans Affairs Education Benefits.
As such, you are strongly encouraged to explore other funding options by contacting the Office of Student Financial Aid in order to find a more immediate, interim solution for financing your educational plans. Please direct questions to the Office of Military Services at 703-993-1316 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Certificate Course Requirements
Students must complete 12 credits from the following list of courses to complete the Graduate Certificate in Accounting Analytics.
Required Courses (12 credits)
- ACCT 661: Accounting Analytics (If you have completed ACCT 361, or Mason equivalent, you will begin with ACCT 665 and complete ACCT 671, ACCT 771 and ACCT 781)
- ACCT 665: Advanced Accounting Analytics (ACCT 361 or ACCT 661 pre-req.)
- ACCT 671: Managing Data Quality and Integrity (ACCT 361/661 and ACCT 665 pre-req.)
- ACCT 771: Audit Analytics (ACCT 361/661, ACCT 665 and ACCT 671 pre-req.)
- ACCT 781: Tax Analytics (ACCT 361/661, ACCT 665 and ACCT 671 pre-req.)
A maximum of 3 graduate credits taken at another institution can be transferred into a graduate certificate program. Replacement credits may be taken from the elective courses listed above.
For more information about Virginia's Uniform CPA Exam, contact the Virginia State Board of Accountancy. We encourage all students interested in sitting for the CPA to submit their academic transcripts to the BOA to determine how many accounting and business credits are needed to be eligible to sit for the Uniform CPA Exam.