Master of Accountancy

GW’s 30-credit master of accountancy (M.Accy.) degree program is tailored to the student’s individual interests and career objectives in accounting, financial management, and tax practice. In addition to required courses in accounting, finance, and economics, students can choose from a wide range of specialized accounting subjects and other topics to help them prepare for their professional certification. If not completed prior to matriculation, students might be required to take prerequisite courses while in the program. No business background is necessary prior to joining the program. 

The M.Accy. may be pursued on a full-time or part-time basis. Day and evening classes are available to accommodate working professionals, although prior work experience is not required.

Specific admission requirements are shown on the Graduate Program Finder.

Visit the program website for additional program information.

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 30 credits, including 15 credits in required courses and 15 credits in elective courses. 

In addition, students must fulfill preparatory courses in financial accounting, managerial accounting, micro- or macroeconomics, and statistics.

Preparatory courses
ACCY 6101Financial Accounting
or ACCY 2001 Intro Financial Accounting
ACCY 2002Introductory Managerial Accounting
MBAD 6242Microeconomics for the World Economy
or MBAD 6243 Macroeconomics for the World Economy
STAT 1051Introduction to Business and Economic Statistics
Students that have not completed these courses prior to matriculation may be able to take them concurrently with the program requirements.
Required
ACCY 6104Intermediate Accounting I
ACCY 6105Intermediate Accounting II
ACCY 6201Managerial Accounting I
ACCY 6202Managerial Accounting II
ACCY 6301Contemporary Auditing Theory
MBAD 6235Finance
Electives
15 credits in elective courses, including 9 credits in accountancy (ACCY) courses.

Students who intend to take the C.P.A. examination should be aware that the coursework required for admission to the examination varies from state to state. Students are advised to consult the Board of Accountancy for the state in which they plan to take the examination and choose electives that meet that state’s requirements.

Preparatory courses may be waived without substitution for other coursework and required classes may be waived with substitution for other coursework for students who: 

  • Have already completed these courses with a grade of B or better
  • Have taken these courses at an AACSB - accredited institution
  • Have taken these courses within five years prior to the first semester of enrollment into the program

Students should consult with the advisor concerning course substitution.