Program Description

This MSA program is designed to prepare tomorrow’s global accounting professionals, helping you meet the 150-credit licensing requirement and educating you in the key areas of business ethics and corporate governance. The average starting salary of a Mason MSA graduate is $10,738 more than those with only a BS in Accounting. 64% of Mason MS in Accounting graduates had secured a job by the time of their graduation and 26% of Mason MS in Accounting graduates received a signing bonus.

What it costs

The cost for this program is $1,057.00 per credit hour for Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. residents or $1,937.25 per credit hour for other U.S residents and International Students. See the Cost tab below for a breakdown of tuition and fees. All of Mason’s tuition rates and fees can be found on our Student Accounts site.

Application Deadline

This program is currently accepting applications for Fall 2020. The priority deadline is February 1, the standard deadline is May 1, and the space available deadline is August 1. Please see the School of Business website for more information about application deadlines.

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Program Summary

100 Percent Online

Program: Accounting

Degree: MS

College/School: School of Business

Credits: 30 total

Includes a week-long Global Residency

Accredited by AACSB

Who should apply?

Mason’s online accounting degree is designed for students seeking flexibility in their schedule and working professionals looking to continue their career while attending graduate school. Please note that this program may only be completed part-time.

Why choose George Mason?

  • Students enrolled in the program are eligible to complete their graduate degree part-time in as little as two years.
  • Online accounting courses are offered in a module format, allowing students to enroll in two courses every eight weeks.
  • Students in the online MSA program progress together as a cohort.
  • The average starting salary of a Mason MSA graduate is $10,738 more than those with only a BS in Accounting.
  • 64% of Mason MS in Accounting graduates had secured a job by the time of their graduation.
  • 71% of Mason MS in Accounting graduates secured a position related to their academic or career during their time in the MS in Accounting program.
  • Designed to assist you in gaining professional accounting skills in the competitive global arena, the MSA program incorporates a one-week international study tour, or global residency, led by an MSA professor. Previous residencies have taken place in Prague, London, and Frankfurt.
  • This program is accredited by AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Program requirements are subject to change; please refer to the Mason Course Catalog for the most up-to-date requirements.

Requirements: 30 total

  • 15 credits required courses
  • 15 credits elective courses

Sufficient courses are offered to complete the entire program online. Most online courses are delivered asynchronously and offerings vary by semester.

The online format gives you the flexibility to complete the program in your own time.

Required Courses

  • ACCT 690 Professional Accounting Colloquium | 3 credits
  • ACCT 651 Identifying and Resolving Advanced Issues in Taxation | 3 credits
  • ACCT 633 Identifying and Resolving Advanced Issues in Financial Accounting | 3 credits
  • ACCT 636 Fraud Examination | 3 credits
  • ACCT 795 Global Accounting Environment | 3 credits*

*All students participating in the online program will be required to complete ACCT 795, which includes a one-week global residency abroad.

Elective Courses

  • ACCT 601 Online MSA Orientation Course | 0 credits
  • ACCT 611 Advanced Managerial Accounting | 3 credits (fully online synchronous) (offered in 2019 only)*
  • ACCT 630 Advanced Financial Accounting | 3 credits (face-to-face only)
  • ACCT 661 Accounting Analytics | 3 credits
  • ACCT 662 Seminar in Accounting | 3 credits
  • ACCT 665 Advanced Accounting Analytics | 3 credits
  • ACCT 671 Managing Data Quality and Integrity | 3 credits
  • ACCT 672 Governmental and Nonprofit Accounting | 3 credits (face-to-face only)
  • ACCT 695 Graduate Field Experience | 1-3 credits (face-to-face only)
  • ACCT 696 Directed Studies in Accounting | 1-3 credits
  • ACCT 697 Special Topics in Accounting | 1-3 credits (face-to-face only)
  • ACCT 701 Business Valuation | 3 credits (fully online synchronous)*
  • ACCT 708 Taxes and Business Strategy | 3 credits (face-to-face only) (offered in 2020)*
  • ACCT 737 Fraud and the Law | 3 credits (fully online synchronous)*
  • ACCT 738 Advanced Topics in Fraud | 3 credits (fully online synchronous)*
  • ACCT 742 Governance and Ethics | 3 credits (fully online synchronous)*
  • ACCT 771 Audit Analytics | 3 credits
  • ACCT 772 Federal Financial Reporting | 3 credits (face-to-face only)
  • ACCT 781 Tax Analytics | 3 credits
  • ACCT 792 Seminar in Governmental Accounting | 3 credits (face-to-face only)
  • ACCT 796 Independent Studies/Directed Readings | 1-3 credits

*Indicates a Forensic Accounting course

Electives may be chosen from any 600- or 700-level ACCT course that does not duplicate coursework taken as an undergraduate. Students must individually coordinate elective coursework with their program advisor. Online students may take any elective (online or face-to-face). All face-to-face electives are offered at the Fairfax and Arlington campuses.

Please note that students are responsible for airfare to and from the country during the required week-long global residency. These costs are not covered by tuition or fees.

Tuition (2019-2020)

TUITION CLASSIFICATIONCOST PER CREDIT HOUR
Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., Residents$876.00
Other U.S. Residents and International Students$1,756.25
Distance Learning Fee$35.00
Mandatory Student fee$146.00
Total Cost Per Credit for Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., Residents$1,057.00
Total Cost Per Credit for other U.S. Residents and International Students$1,937.25
Non-Refundable Accepted Student Enrollment Fee$500.00 (non-refundable, one-time fee)
Graduate New Student Fee$60.00 (non-refundable, one-time fee charged to all students)

Please Note: In addition to the tuition and fees described above, various course and lab fees may be assessed depending on the course(s) in which the student is enrolled. Please refer to the Students Accounts Office website for more information on tuition and fees.

Financial Aid

For information on loans and scholarships, visit the Office of Student Financial Aid. For information regarding grants, tuition waivers and other merit aid, please inquire with your graduate department.

Career Opportunities

In today’s accounting industry, organizations want leaders who can overcome challenges and provide solid solutions. The Master’s in Accounting program at Mason’s School of Business helps you meet the 150-credit licensing requirement and educates you in the key areas of business ethics and corporate governance. Visit the School of Business website to see the Impact of the Mason MS in Accounting on Your Career.

Those who earn a graduate degree in accounting and pass the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam have greater accounting career opportunities and earning potential. In addition to the opportunities that exist within accounting firms, CPAs can advance to positions including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Controller
  • Chief Operating Officer

Top employers for graduates of this program include Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Grant Thornton, KPMG, and many more.

As an accounting student, you may contact the School of Business Career Services center for career information and counseling related to your major.

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All applicants should review School of Business Application Requirements. For international applicants, see additional requirements for International Students.

Eligibility

  • Applicants who hold a bachelor’s degree in accounting or equivalent from an accredited institution; or
  • Applicants who have completed 27 college credits in accounting.
  • Applicants who have a bachelor’s degree in a field other than accounting from an accredited institution may apply to the MSA provisional program. This program provides you with an additional 12 to 15 credits of accounting courses prior to the 30 credit MS in Accounting. Please click herefor more information.

Application Materials

  • Graduate application (must select part-time option)
  • Application fee
  • Current resume
  • One official copy of transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Official GMAT/GRE score (click here for GMAT/GRE waiver information)
  • Two letters of recommendation (professional or academic)
  • One essay (no more than 750 words) referencing your interest in the part-time online program and explaining why you believe this Mason School of Business program is the best fit for you (include information about personal qualities, academic background, professional experience, and career goals)

If you have any questions during the application process, please contact the School of Business at 703-239-2670 or gradbus@gmu.edu.