Accounting Honors Program
The Accounting Honors Program offers a select group of outstanding accounting majors the opportunity to interact closely with accounting faculty in informal settings, visit employers at special Honors Program events, take an honors seminar, and include their resumes in special Honors Program communications with key employers.
Honors scholars who graduate in good standing enjoy a streamlined application process for the Masters in Accounting (MSA) program at George Mason University School of Business, receive a special designation on their transcripts and diplomas, and are recognized at the School of Business Convocation. In order to graduate with Honors, students must meet all curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular requrements (see below). View highlights of past Accounting Honors Program extra-curricular events.
Admissions Requirements (Effective August 26, 2015)
Admission to the Honors Program is by invitation only. Students will be invited based on performance in Accounting 330 (grade of A- or better) or by faculty recommendation. After an invitation is extended, the following criteria will be used to determine admission to the program:
- The student must be an accounting major with at least two regular semesters of course work (i.e., a Fall and Spring semester) to complete prior to graduation.
- The student must have earned an A- or better in ACCT 330.
- The student must have an overall Mason grade point average of 3.0.
- If the student has taken courses in the major at the time of admission, the student must have an overall 3.5 grade point average in the major.
- Two recommendation letters from academic or professional references.
- Submission of a personal statement/essay on why you want to join the Honors Program.
- Acceptance will be at the discretion of the Program Director on a case by case basis.
- Students who have been found responsible for an Honor Code violation are not eligible.
Requirements for Continued Participation
To remain in good standing in the program, an Honors student must maintain excellent academic performance, maintain high ethical standards, and exhibit significant participation in program events. Excellent academic performance is evidenced by meeting the curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular requirements listed below.
The student must complete ALL of the following:
- Earn an A- or above in ACCT 330.
- Maintain a grade point average of 3.5 in all upper-level accounting courses (ACCT 311 and higher) with no grade less than a B in any upper-level accounting course as well as an overall 3.0 Mason grade point average.
- Earn a B or better in the School of Business core curriculum courses (303 series).
The student must complete ONE of the following:
- Accounting 462 (or substitute any MSA level 600 course). Students must have permission to register for ACCT 462. Please email the Program Director.
- Study abroad (review the many options are available).
- Internship (ACCT 492). Accounting internships where no credit is earned also qualify.
- Significant work experience (i.e., an experience that is comparable to an accounting internship).
- Research paper/thesis as an independent study (ACCT 499) course.
The student must complete ALL of the following:
- Participation in at least three Honors events per semester as detailed on the Accounting Honors Program Extra-Curricular Events page.
- Show a high degree of engagement in the School of Business, for example, being associated with student organizations, preferably in a leadership role.
- High ethical standards are evidenced by the absence of Honor Code violations. Students are required immediately to report to the Accounting Program Director any Honors Code violation for which they are held responsible.
Graduating in Good Standing
To graduate in good standing, an Honors student must meet the requirement for continued participation as described above for every semester beginning in the semester of invitation to join to Honors program.
The Washington D.C., metropolitan area offers a wealth of opportunities for educational activities for accounting students. Potential program events may include:
- Special speakers in small group settings at George Mason University. Topics will not be limited to accounting and may introduce other business topics to increase the student's awareness of the business environment.
- Field trips to offices of key employers from international, regional, and local accounting firms, industry, and governmental agencies.
- Field trips to policy and regulatory agencies and think tanks such as the Securities and Exchange Commission, Internal Revenue Service, Joint Committee on Taxation, and Tax Policy Institute.
- Social events with accounting department faculty such as monthly faculty lunches and recreational outings.
- Interview, office visit, and recruiting dinner etiquette sessions.