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George Mason UniversitySchool of Business

6 Reasons to Choose Mason’s Accounting Program

Through your course work, interactions with faculty, and the network of colleagues you build in the Mason accounting program, you have the opportunity to gain invaluable knowledge from our curriculum that emphasizes the latest trends and issues in accounting, business ethics, and corporate governance

1. Become CPA Eligible

The Mason MS in Accounting program, combined with an undergraduate degree in accounting, is tailored to meet the requirements of Commonwealth of Virginia regulations requiring all CPA candidates to complete a minimum of 150 semester credit hours prior to obtaining a CPA license.

2. Advance Your Career

Tailor the program to your career goals by choosing from four tracks

  • Financial accounting
  • Forensic accounting (certifcate)
  • Government accounting
  • Tax

The average starting salary of a George Mason University Masters in Accounting graduate is $10,738 more than those with only a BS in Accounting. And 71% of Masters of Accounting graduates secured a position related to their academic or career during their time in the MS in Accounting program

3. Convenience

Come to campus or take courses online! You earn your masters in accounting fully online or take evening classes at our Fairfax or Arlington campuses. You also set your own pace enabling you to adjust your course load each semester and take fewer courses during your busy season. The program can be completed in less than a year.

4. Experiential Learning

You will engage in an intensive global residency. This trip gives you a firsthand look at how other countries address ethics and corporate governance. Students often rate their residency as one of the most impactful experiences of their program.

You also can complete an internship for credit. This gives you meaningful work experience and can lead to a full-time employment offer.

5. Deep Accounting Industry Connections

One of the best aspects of the Mason’s masters in accounting program is its deep ties with the accounting industry. Our Accounting Advisory Council is comprised of accounting executives from the Big 4, regional firms, and the federal government. Senior leaders and industry experts also serve as guest speakers to enrich classroom learning.

6. Lifetime Professional Development

You benefit from a dedicated career management staff that offers individualized career consulting, employment and networking opportunities, and online resources. Our strong relationships with the business community affords you a variety of opportunities to connect with and gain valuable insights from area business professionals. As a School of Business alumni, you retain lifetime access to our career consulting staff.