An Experiential Learning Environment Rich in Cultural Perspective

The Masters in Accounting (MSA) is focused on developing ethical leaders who can overcome challenges and provide solutions. Our masters in accounting courses emphasize the latest trends and issues in accounting, business ethics, and corporate governance and is designed to specifically satisfy the 150-hour educational requirement adopted by a number of states, including Virginia, for certification and licensure as a CPA.

Offered as a full-time program (on-campus) or part-time program (online), rigorous and relevant coursework is a staple of Mason MSA courses. You have the opportunity to seamlessly connect your studies with the contemporary business environment. Our faculty members incorporate daily opportunities to connect business theory with reality and advocate real-world learning.

Full-time MS in Accounting (30 Credit Hours)

Offered as a traditional, on-campus program, students complete the ms accounting courses on a full-time schedule. The 10 month program requires enrollment of at least five courses (15 credits) each semester.

Part-time MS in Accounting (30 Credit Hours)

Our part-time MS in Accounting program is offered online and is designed for students seeking flexibility in their schedule and working professionals looking to continue their career while attending graduate school. Students enrolled in the program are eligible to complete their graduate degree part-time in two years.

Courses will be offered in a module format (quarterly schedule) with students enrolling in two courses every 10 weeks. There is no required internship course, but students can elect to participate in an internship and receive elective credit for an approved internship. Sample schedule. Students enrolled in the online program will progress together in a cohort separate from the full-time on-campus program. Delivery of all online courses will be asynchronous. In addition, all students participating in the online program will be required to complete ACCT 795: Global Accounting Environment which includes a 7-10 global residency abroad. Students will also be required to participate in the online orientation before the start of the program. 

Accelerated Masters in Accounting

The Accelerated MS in Accounting is designed exclusively for high-performing students currently enrolled in Mason's BS in Accounting program. Students can earn both a BS and MS Accounting degree, while working towards the 150 credits needed for the CPA requirements and become a more valuable prospect to employers. Students will take two graduate classes that apply to both their undergraduate and MSA degree programs.

Graduate Certificate in Forensic Accounting

The 15-credit Graduate Certificate in Forensic Accounting Program provides an opportunity for students to acquire education in the emerging field of forensic accounting. Students with a bachelor's degree in accounting can also use the certificate program as a means of obtaining the necessary 150 hours of academic credit to qualify for a CPA license.

Learning Goals

  • Teaming & Leading: Our graduates will demonstrate the team leadership and interpersonal skills needed to form, lead, and work effectively on diverse organizational teams.
  • Analytical Decision Making: Our students will demonstrate the ability to analyze uncertain complex management situations using appropriate tools, techniques and information systems for decision-making.
  • Ethics and Social Responsibility: Our graduates will demonstrate knowledge of the legal and ethical environment of management and business social responsibility.
  • Accounting Research: Our graduates will be competent at conducting accounting research
  • Technical Knowledge: Our graduates will demonstrate technical knowledge of accounting and auditing.

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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