The Impact of the Mason MSA on Your Accounting Career

Those who earn a masters in accounting and pass the CPA exam have greater accounting career opportunities and earning potential. In addition to the opportunities that exist within accounting firms, CPAs can advance to positions including, but not limited to, chief financial officer, controller, and chief operating officer.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that U.S. jobs for accountants and auditors will grow by 16% from 2010-2020, adding about 190,700 new accounting jobs. For accountants working as tax examiners and revenue agents the job growth is expected to be at 7% from 2010-2020 or about 5,500 new jobs.

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higher average starting salary earned by George Mason MS in Accounting graduates versus those with only a bachelor's degree 


of Mason MS in Accounting graduates received a signing bonus


of Mason MS in Accounting graduates had secured a job by the time of their graduation


Average Salaries for Accounting Careers

  Big 4 Firm Industry Average Average Experience
Entry Level $55,000 $46,000-63,000 First year
Junior Staff Accountant $46,000-63,000 $40,000-80,000 1 - 2 years
Senior Staff Accountant $65,000-95,000 $70,000 3 - 5 years
Manager $65,000-140,000 $85,000 6 - 7 years
Senior Manager $72,000-160,000 $115,000 7+ years
Partner $200,000-3,000,000 $150,000 10+ years

George Mason University School of Business

Ranked by U.S. News & World Report in the top 10 percent of all AACSB accredited business schools, the School of Business is one of only 25 percent of business schools accredited in both business and accounting by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International.




Main Campus
School of Business 
Enterprise Hall 
4400 University Drive, MS 1B1
Fairfax, VA 22030

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