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Earn a Master of Accounting in just two semesters


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#3 best business jobs
#2 Job Satisfaction
$82,000 average salary within 5 years as an accountant
Median starting salary of $69,350
(2019)

Why MAcc?

A Master of Accounting (MAcc) degree is designed for those looking to get ahead as a public accountant, corporate accountant, auditor, fraud examiner, financial analyst and so much more. It can be the boost you need to ascend to a higher-level position in banking, taxation, insurance or any company with a financial division for that matter. With an advanced accounting degree, you’ll gain superior analytical skills, deepen your knowledge of accounting principles and learn the latest technology.

A MAcc is also a very important step towards becoming a certified public accountant (CPA). The CPA exam is the most well-known designation in the accounting profession. While intense, it’s worth it because after passing the exam, accountants are appreciably more marketable to potential employers. Many public accounting firms will pay for review courses for employees they believe in, however, in order to sit for this exam, most states require a total of 150 hours of coursework, which equates to five years of school. Earning your MAcc helps to fulfill the CPA coursework requirement and in some cases can reduce the supervised work requirement, enabling you to become certified faster.

One of the key reasons MAcc graduates are such attractive new hires is that they enter a job ready, willing and able to roll up their sleeves and get to work. With the industry poised to grow by more than 10% in the next decade and an anticipated 60,000+ new accounting jobs by 2029, it is a great time to pursue a MAcc and enter this surprisingly diverse profession.


Why W&M?

William & Mary's Master of Accounting program offers a fast and flexible way for you to earn this specialized degree and the program's STEM-Designation means international students are eligible for an OPT visa extension upon graduation. Unlike many programs, ours is open to students from both accounting and non-accounting backgrounds. In just nine months, you'll enter the job market having earned the requisite 150 credit hours to sit for the CPA exam and mastered the technical and professional skills that will allow you to excel in this not-so-conventional and in-demand profession.

Already have a degree in accounting from undergrad? Wondering why you should consider adding a masters? Did you know William & Mary's MAcc program is the only program with an Elijah Watt Sells Award winner in three consecutive graduating classes? That means they obtained a cumulative average score above 95.50 across all four sections of the Exam and passed all four sections on the first attempt. If you're someone who is up for a challenge, then our MAcc program is for you.

Fall & Spring admissions allow you to build your own +1 masters program
5 academic emphases including Accounting Analytics
90th percentile first-time CPA pass rate as ranked by NASBA
3 consecutive winners Elijah Watt Sells Award Hear From One of Them.
Earn up to $12,000 during the winter internship
Receive personalized career counseling from our Graduate Career Management Center
Sprint Week: Immersive experiential learning opportunities built into each semester
DC Trek: Network with professionals from federal agencies such as the SEC, PCAOB, Department of Treasury as well as the Big Four