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George Mason UniversitySchool of Business

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The MS in Accounting is focused on developing ethical leaders who can overcome challenges and provide solutions. Our master's in accounting courses

  • emphasize the latest trends and issues in accounting, business ethics, and corporate governance
  • are designed to specifically satisfy the 150-hour educational requirement adopted by a number of states, including Virginia, for certification and licensure as a CPA
  • provide professional skills such as oral/written communication, leadership, team building, negotiations

Whether you pursue our in-class or online accounting program, you will experience the same rigorous and relevant accounting courses taught by the same experienced faculty. 

Program at a Glance

  • Convenient: Fall start only, on-campus evening classes in Fairfax or online classes
  • Self-paced: Complete in 11 months (full-time) or 22 months (part-time)
  • Career-oriented: Select from tracks in financial, forensic, government, tax or accounting analytics
  • Experiential: Global residency and internship for credit
  • Technology-oriented: Courses integrate data analytics, advanced Excel skills, and research analysis
 Location For full-time students For part-time students Curriculum
Fairfax Campus 11 months 22 months 5 core courses
5 electives
Online N/A 22 months
Lock-step
10 courses


Learning Goals

At the end of our program, MSA students will be able to:

  1.  Professional Communications
    • Our graduates will communicate effectively to professional audiences in both written and oral forms.
    • Our students will prepare and deliver a professional quality presentation using appropriate technology.
    • Our students will prepare and write a paper about an assigned accounting topic.

  2.  Technical Skills and Knowledge
    • Our graduates will demonstrate and apply technical knowledge of accounting and understand the importance of ethical conduct.
    • Our students will identify and interpret relevant accounting issues in a business case and use appropriate research tools to solve accounting issues taking into consideration ethical dimensions of a situation.

  3.  Global Perspective
    • Our students will demonstrate an understanding of the role of accounting in the global business environment.
    • Our students will research and apply knowledge of the history, culture, and business practices of an international region.

  4.  Technology and Analytics Skills
    • Our students will develop advanced technology skills to support decision-making processes in accounting.
    • Our students will use electronic spreadsheets to analyze data, develop queries to access accounting information in databases, and access big data using data visualization tools.