William & Mary’s Raymond A. Mason School of Business is launching an Online Master of Accounting (MAcc) program. Now accepting applications for the spring of 2023, the Online MAcc program is open to accounting professionals seeking career advancement or preparation for the CPA exam, and to career-changers without accounting backgrounds. Led by the same world-class faculty as William & Mary’s residential MAcc program, it will provide a solid foundation in accounting and the professional and technical skills needed to excel in a diverse range of professional roles including public accountant, corporate accountant, auditor, fraud examiner, financial analyst and related positions.
“Our new Online Master of Accounting degree will provide students an online pathway to advance in the accounting profession with a program that embodies the academic distinction and intellectual rigor of all William & Mary programs, said Pam Suzadail, associate dean and executive director of the Center for Online Learning at the Mason School of Business. “Students will gain the analytic and interpretive expertise to become business leaders in accounting.”
Read on to explore many of the strengths of the new Online Master of Accounting program.
The Flexibility of Online Education
The days when professionals with families had to sacrifice advanced education are past. Today, there’s room for graduate school even in busy lives. Students in the Online MAcc program can learn from anywhere, entirely online, on a schedule that flexes around their standing commitments. Each course is less than eight weeks long and designed to be taken one at a time, which provides a focused, immersive experience in each area of study.
Students can complete the program in as few as 16 months, fast-tracking their career advancement as experts in accounting and leaders in business.
An Innovative Curriculum
The Online MAcc program instills holistic, leading-edge business and accounting expertise. Students gain new fluency not only in accounting but in business leadership, so they graduate prepared to make important executive decisions and thrive in sought-after professional roles. This is an ideal program for those looking to become:
- Adept at measuring, presenting, interpreting and communicating data to drive decision-making
- Proficient in analytics and driving organizational
- Ready to move into public accounting or advance into
- corporate accounting leadership
In addition to being world-class university educators, the top-ranked faculty of the Online MAcc program are veterans of leadership roles in audit and tax functions at Deloitte, KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers. These noted experts are widely published in leading academic and professional journals. Deeply committed to student success, they provide ongoing support throughout the program while maintaining impeccably high standards.
Online MAcc students also have the advantage of learning from prominent industry professionals—colleagues of our deeply connected faculty, and William & Mary Accounting alumni who have risen to leadership positions in globally recognized firms. Their involvement enriches the curriculum and expands each student’s professional network.
The connections forged at William & Mary empower careers. At once an international network and a close-knit community, our students, faculty and graduates have a strong record of fostering each others’ professional advancement. Further, our alumni are in high demand with prominent companies. The nation’s four biggest accounting firms—Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers—seek out our accounting graduates, and every member of the Master of Accounting class of 2021 had a job offer at the time of graduation.1
Preparation for the CPA Exam
The CPA exam is the most well-known credential of competency in the accounting profession. In order to sit for it, most states2 require students to complete specific accounting and business credits and another 150 hours of coursework—the equivalent of five years of school.
William & Mary’s Online Master of Accounting program helps students progress toward fulfilling the exam’s coursework requirements. Those who need additional coursework to complete their 150 hours are eligible to take any of our online courses, across programs, based on availability and instructor approval.
Impressive Career Potential
Our accounting graduates are employed with globally respected firms, including:
- Ernst & Young
- Grant Thornton
- Johnson Lambert
- Clifton Larson Allen
Learn to See Beyond the Numbers
Successful leaders in this multifaceted, rapidly growing field are an integral part of executive business decision-making—adept at analyzing, interpreting and communicating what the numbers mean.
Prepare for a career as a business authority. Explore the Online MAcc curriculum, get acquainted with the Raymond A. Mason School of Business faculty and, for answers to questions about the application process, reach out to an Admissions Advisor today.
- Retrieved on August 17, 2022, from mason.wm.edu/careers/documents/2021-macc-employment-statistics.pdf
- To find the requirements of the state in which you hope to gain licensure, start at NASBA.org
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