George Mason UniversitySchool of Business

accounting major

Accounting Curriculum

Accounting Pre-requisite Chart (Pre Fall 2015).

Accounting Pre-requisite Chart (Fall 2015 and future).

The requirements for BS Accounting degrees changed in fall 2015.

Students who started their degree programs prior to fall 2015 should follow the requirements posted in their degree evaluations in Patriot Web.  They are also strongly encouraged to speak with a School of Business academic advisor to ensure they meet the appropriate requirements for their program.

Starting in fall 2015, students in the BS Accounting degree program must meet all of the following new accounting major requirements, major electives, and BUS 498 capstone course:

A grade of C or higher is required in each of the upper-level accounting major courses listed below.. Students will not be permitted to make more than three attempts to achieve a C or higher in the required accounting courses.

Those who do not successfully complete these required courses within three attempts will not be eligible to receive a degree in accounting from the School of Business. Students terminated from the BS Accounting program are prohibited from enrolling in any accounting course.

Accounting major requirements (18 credits)

  • ACCT 311 Managerial and Cost Accounting
  • ACCT 331 Financial Accounting II
  • ACCT 332 Financial Accounting III
  • ACCT 351 Taxation and Managerial Decision Making
  • ACCT 361 Accounting Information Systems
  • ACCT 461 Assurance and Audit Services

Accounting major electives (3 credits)

  • ACCT 370 Accounting in a Global Economy
  • ACCT 372 Financial Statement Analysis
  • ACCT 411 Advanced Managerial Accounting
  • ACCT 433 Advanced Financial Accounting
  • ACCT 451 Advanced Federal Taxation
  • ACCT 462 Honors Seminar in Accounting
  • ACCT 472 Government and Not-for-Profit Accounting
  • ACCT 491 Seminar in Accounting
  • ACCT 492 Internship in Accounting
  • ACCT 499 Independent Study
  • BULE 402 Commercial Law (recommended for CPA Exam)
  • ACCT 611 Advanced Managerial Accounting
  • ACCT 630 Advanced Financial Accounting
  • ACCT 633 Identifying and Resolving Advanced Issues in Financial Accounting
  • ACCT 636 Fraud Examination
  • ACCT 651 Identifying and Resolving Advanced Issues in Taxation
  • ACCT 672 Governmental and Nonprofit Accounting
  • ACCT 690 Professional Accounting Colloquium I
  • ACCT 691 Professional Accounting Colloquium II
  • ACCT 696 Directed Studies in Accounting
  • ACCT 697 Special Topics in Accounting

Captsone (3 credits)

  • BUS 498 Capstone Course: Advanced Business Models

ACCT 461 satisfies the Mason Core Writing Intensive requirement. BUS 498 satisfies the Mason Core Synthesis requirement.

Students declaring a second major in accounting must complete the 18 required credits for the major in addition to ACCT 330. Students must complete ACCT 330, ACCT 311, ACCT 331, ACCT 332, ACCT 351, ACCT 361 and ACCT 461. 

To learn about the Accounting Honors Program, or for course descriptions see the University Catalog.