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George Mason UniversitySchool of Business

MSA Pathways for Acct majors

The MS in Accounting (MSA) is 30 credits and can be completed full-time in one year at the Fairfax and Arlington campuses.

Build time into your schedule to complete an internship and improve your employment options.

Part-time and online options also available.

School of Business accounting majors are encouraged to apply.

  STUDENT STAGE PATHWAY SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS ADMISSION
MSAccel (bachelor's accelerated masters) For juniors nearing 75 credit hours Upper level accounting grades are B- or above (one C is allowable)
3.0 GPA
Start the MSA in spring or fall
Fast-track admission For students in their last 1 or 2 semesters Upper level accounting grades are B- or above (one C is allowable)
3.0 GPA
Start the MSA in fall
Traditional application Seniors graduating in spring or summer B.S. in Accounting completed by summer term Start the MSA in fall
Public accounting firm early admit program Seniors graduating in spring or summer An internship at one of the participating companies Start the MSA in fall

MSAccel - Bachelor’s Accelerated Master’s in Accounting

BAM Application

For high performing accounting majors in the School of Business. Earn both a B.S. and an M.S. Accounting degree in five years and fulfill the 150 credits needed for the CPA requirement. The MSAccel allows you to jump start your graduate degree while you are an undergraduate student.

  • Take graduate courses at undergraduate tuition rates
  • Take 3 or 6 credits that apply to both your B.S. and M.S. degrees
  • Option to take 6 credits of reserve graduate credit as an undergraduate student

Requirements:

  • 3 completed 300-level accounting courses
  • Accounting courses at the 300 level grades are B- or above; no more than one C in accounting courses at the 300 or 400 level.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Online application -> Accelerated Master’s in Accounting
  • Resume
  • Recommendations, essay, and GMAT/GRE are not required
    • Enter Mary Hayes Collins (mhayesco@gmu.edu) as the "Recommendation - UG Advisor"

* Application to the Accelerated Master's in Accounting program should be made once the student has completed at least 75 undergraduate credits (with at least 24 at Mason).

* We encourage students to apply by October 1st for the spring term and March 1st for the fall term to allow time for registration.

  • Select the Accelerated Master’s in Accounting in online application.

In your last semester as an undergraduate, you will submit the Bachelor's/Accelerated Masters Transition Form. If you have maintained the academic standards, you will be admitted to the MSA with the credits allowable per the Accelerated master’s in accounting academic policies.

Fast-Track Admission

For high achieving Mason undergraduate accounting majors. This option is also available for forensic accounting certificate students who have completed at least 3 graduate courses with a 3.5 GPA or higher.

Requirements:

  • Grades in all accounting courses at the 300 and 400 level are B- or above; no more than one C in accounting courses at the 300 or 400 level
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Application fee of $75 (nonrefundable)
  • Online application to the Master’s in Accounting (Fall Admission)
  • Resume
  • Recommendations, essay, and GMAT/GRE are not required.

Traditional Admission

For motivated accounting students who would like to start the master’s in accounting immediately following their bachelor’s degree completion.

Requirements:

  • On track to graduate with the B.S. in Accounting in spring or summer
  • Application fee of $75 (nonrefundable)
  • Online application to the Master’s in Accounting (Fall Admission)

For complete application requirements click here.

Public Accounting Firm Early Admit Program

For students who would like to start the master’s in accounting immediately following their bachelor’s degree completion.

Requirements:

  • On track to graduate with the B.S. in Accounting in spring or summer
  • Plan to complete an internship with offer letter at one the following companies:
    • KPMG
    • EY
    • BDO
    • Dixon Hughes Goodman
    • CliftonLarsonAllen
    • PWC
    • Deloitte
    • Andersen Tax
    • RSM
    • Baker Tilly
    • Grant Thornton
    • Kearney & Co
  • Application fee of $75 (nonrefundable)
  • Online application to the Master’s in Accounting (Fall Admission)
  • For complete application requirements click here