George Mason UniversitySchool of Business

Graduate Certificate in Government Accounting

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Program at a Glance

  • 12 credits
  • Online only
  • Program can be completed in 11 months
  • Fall start only
  • Courses taken in this certificate program can be applied towards the 10-course master’s in accounting degree program.

Pathway to MS in Accounting program:

Courses taken in the graduate certificate program can be applied towards the program upon acceptance into the 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 degree program.

About the Program:

The 12-credit graduate certificate in government accounting, in partnership with Kearney & Company, is taught online and provides an opportunity for students to acquire education in the field of government accounting with a federal government 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 government accounting certificate program can be applied towards the 10-course master’s degree program.

Admission Deadlines and Application Requirements

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


Graduate tuition rates apply for the graduate certificate in government accounting program.

This program has been approved for veteran benefits. Please direct questions to the Office of Military Services at 703-993-1316 or email military@gmu.edu.  

Certificate Course Requirements

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

Required Courses (12 credits):

  • ACCT 672: Government and Non-profit Accounting (Students who completed ACCT 672 or equivalent in their undergraduate or other graduate programs)
  • ACCT 611: Advanced Managerial Accounting
  • ACCT 742: Governance and Ethics
  • ACCT 772: Federal Financial Reporting

A maximum of 3 graduate credits taken from Mason-recognized U.S. institutional accrediting agencies and AACSB accredited programs can be transferred into a graduate certificate program. Replacement credits may be taken from the elective courses listed above.

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.