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. Sixty-six percent of graduates received a signing bonus, and nearly eighty-six percent had a position related to their academic or career goals at graduation.

What it costs

The cost is $965.00 per credit hour for VA, MD, and DC residents or $1,778.25 per credit hour for all other out of state students, plus a $35 per credit hour Distance Education fee. Education Resource, New Student, and other mandatory university and course fees may apply. Additionally, students are responsible for airfare to and from the country during the required week-long global residency.

Application Deadline

This program is currently accepting applications for Fall 2017. The early decision application deadline is November 15. The final deadline is March 1. Please see the School of Business website for more information about application deadlines, decision release dates, and deposit due dates.

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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 (quarterly schedule), allowing students to enroll in two courses every 10 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.
  • Sixty-six percent of graduates received a signing bonus, and nearly eighty-six percent had a position related to their academic or career goals at graduation.
  • 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

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. See here for one possible program schedule that you might consider.

Required Courses

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

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 your program advisor.

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 (2017-2018)

TUITION CLASSIFICATIONCOST PER CREDIT HOUR
Virginia Resident$965.00 plus fees
Non-Virginia Resident$1,778.25 plus fees
Distance Education Fee$35
Education Resource Fee $60 - $100 (per semester)

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.

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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Caitlin Horan
School of Business
Phone: (703) 993-8161
Email: choran@gmu.edu
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Julise Daniel
School of Business
Phone: (703) 993-1857
Email: jdanie27@gmu.edu
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All applicants should review School of Business Application Requirements. For international applicants, see additional requirements for International Students.

Prerequisites

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, accounting, or equivalent from an accredited college or university
  • GPA or other coursework requirements

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 or GMAT/GRE Waiver Form
  • 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. For last names A-M, contact Caitlin Horan at choran@gmu.edu or 703-993-8161. For last names N-Z, contact Julise Daniel at jdanie27@gmu.edu or 703-993-1857.