Major in Accounting
The accounting program prepares you for a professional career in public, private, and governmental accounting. The bachelor of science in accounting provides a basic foundation of accounting and business knowledge in areas such as financial and managerial accounting, auditing, tax accounting and accounting information systems. Our program emphasizes the accounting profession and its role in business, professional responsibilities and ethics, analytical abilities, communication skills, and computer literacy.
Our undergraduate accounting program also prepares you for a professional career in the collection, management, and use of financial information. We provide you with a framework for understanding why organizations exist, how they are organized, and how they create value. In particular, the accounting program emphasizes the role of information in planning and controlling the operations of these organizations. For example, as an accounting major, you learn how to identify and interpret relevant transactions, use sophisticated decision models to analyze information and choose between alternative courses of action, and implement decisions affecting a firm's investment, financing, and operating policies.
After completing the accounting program, you will possess the fundamental knowledge that enables you to be a financial professional in both business and not-for-profit organizations. Accounting faculty mentors can provide additional information on a profession and career in accounting.
- Accounting students can record, analyze, interpret and communicate financial and non-financial information for users of such information in accordance with applicable professional authoritative literature
- Our students will be aware of the uses of technology in business
- Our students will be effective communicators
- Our students will be knowledgeable about the legal environment of business
- Our students will be critical thinkers
Accelerated MS 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. Learn more.