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George Mason UniversitySchool of Business

Graduate Certificate in Accounting for Government Contracts

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Program at a Glance 

  • 12-credits
  • Online only - Synchronous
  • Program can be completed in 11 months
  • Fall start 
  • Courses taken in this certificate program can be applied towards the Master of Science in Accounting.

Pathway to a Master of Science in Accounting 

Courses taken in the Graduate Certificate in Accounting for Government Contracts can be applied towards the Master of Science in Accounting upon acceptance into the master’s degree program. Applicants completing at least two certificate courses with grades of B or better will have their application requirements for the corresponding degree program reduced should the student decide to pursue the master’s program.

About the Program 

The 12-credit Graduate Certificate in Accounting for Government Contracts, in partnership with Unanet, is taught online and provides an opportunity for students to acquire education in the field of government accounting with a federal government contracting emphasis. George Mason is uniquely situated in the federal government space. Additionally, courses in the certificate program will also help prepare students to sit for the Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM) exams sponsored by the Association of Government Accountants (AGA).

Courses taken in the Graduate Certificate in Accounting for Government Contracts can be applied towards the Master of Science in Accounting.

Admission Deadlines and Application Requirements 

We encourage you to review our admissions page for detailed information on admission deadlines and application requirements.

Certificate Course Requirements 

Students must complete 12 credits from the following list to complete the graduate certificate in accounting for government contracts program.

Required Courses (12 credits):

  • ACCT 621 – Acquisition Regulations and Reporting
  • ACCT 623 – Project Accounting and Cost Management
  • ACCT 624 – Business Systems and Control
  • ACCT 625 - Audit and Compliance

Non-accounting students have to take a prerequisite course (ACCT 520) which will be offered in the Fall (module 1) so that they can start the certificate in module 2 with ACCT 621.

For more information about Virginia's Uniform CPA Exam, contact the Virginia State Board of Accountancy. We encourage all students interested in sitting for the CPA to submit their academic transcripts to the BOA to determine how many accounting and business credits are needed to be eligible to sit for the Uniform CPA Exam.

Tuition

MS in Accounting graduate tuition rates apply for the Accounting for Government Contracts Graduate Certificate program. 

You are strongly encouraged to explore options for financing your educational plans by contacting the Office of Student Financial Aid. 

This program is currently going through the Department of Veterans Affairs for Veterans Affairs Education Benefits’ review and approval process. Please direct questions about VA Benefits/GI Bill to the Office of Military Services at 703-993-1316 or email military@gmu.edu.