The Online Master of Accounting

100% of our 2021 Master of Accounting graduates had job offers at the time of graduation.1

Accounting is far more than a black-and-white view of numbers. Successful leaders in this multifaceted field analyze, interpret and communicate what the numbers mean—and they’re an integral part of executive business decision-making.

Prepare for a career as a business authority. The expert faculty and specialized curriculum of William & Mary’s Online Master of Accounting program develop your abilities to identify and illuminate nuances in data and make leadership decisions. Whether your ambitions lie in public or corporate accounting, you could be prepared to sit for the CPA exam and advance your career in as few as 16 months. More importantly, though, we teach you to think: to go beyond the test and become the best possible accountant and leader in business.

Interested in Our Online Programs?

Oct
21

Priority Application Deadline

October 21st
Spring 2023 Term
Dec
2

Application Deadline

December 2nd
Spring 2023 Term
Jan
9

Next Start

January 9th
Spring 2023 Term
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You’re More Than a Test Score

Visit our application requirements page to see how our commitment to holistic evaluation has inspired us to offer our Online MAcc with no GRE or GMAT requirement.

The Online Master of Accounting by the Numbers

Complete the degree in as few as 16 months.

32
Credits*
8
Courses
7.5
Weeks per Course
#5
Best Business Professors2
#15
Best Schools for Making an Impact3

*Students might need to complete up to eight credits of prerequisite courses.

Get to Know the Online MAcc Experience

Use the three tabs below to explore the powerful connections, impressive career potential, faculty expertise and innovative curriculum that are hallmarks of the Online Master of Accounting program.

Live the Life You Want

You may have years of previous accounting experience or none at all. Your background may be in military service. You may have a history in corporate work or in the not-for-profit world.

With the Online Master of Accounting, your future is secure.

Safeguard your finances and ensure your career advancement. With a competitive tuition and just 16 months to degree completion, the Online MAcc program helps you spend less and move up sooner. You’re protecting your resources and positioning yourself to advance while accounting students elsewhere are still taking classes.

Your connections at William & Mary will empower your entire career. Our alumni are in high demand with globally respected companies. The nation’s four biggest accounting firms—Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers—seek out our accounting graduates. In choosing the Online MAcc program, you’re giving yourself the best chance to go on to the best future.


Consider these attractive post-MAcc salaries:

$132,637
Senior Tax Manager4
$118,873
International Tax Manager5
$108,414
Accounting Director6
$107,893
Senior Accounting Manager7
$104,863
Corporate Controller8
$103,367
Internal Auditing Manager9

You’re more than a number-cruncher. Become an accounting expert.

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The specialized expertise you’ll acquire at William & Mary will put you at the cutting edge of modern business. You’ll graduate with new fluency not only in accounting but in business leadership—prepared to make important executive decisions as you thrive in a career that’s in demand everywhere.

Our graduates are:

  • Empowered with holistic, leading-edge business and accounting expertise
  • Adept at measuring, presenting, interpreting and communicating data to drive decision-making
  • Proficient in analytics and driving organizational performance
  • Equipped with knowledge and class credits in preparation for the CPA exam
  • Ready to move into public accounting or advance into corporate accounting leadership

Explore Your Career Potential

Expedite Your Preparation for the CPA Exam

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A Master of Accounting degree is an important step on the path toward becoming a certified public accountant (CPA), and the CPA exam is the most well-known credential of competency in the accounting profession. In order to sit for the CPA exam, most states* require students to complete 150 hours of coursework—the equivalent of five years of school—in addition to specific accounting and business credits.

William & Mary’s specialized Online Master of Accounting program helps you progress toward fulfilling CPA coursework requirements. If you need additional coursework to complete your 150 hours, you’ll be eligible to take any of our online courses, across programs, based on availability and instructor approval.

Our Master of Accounting program’s CPA exam pass rate is in the 90th percentile on the first attempt, as ranked by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy.

*Eligibility determined by individual state licensure requirements. To find the requirements of the state in which you hope to gain licensure, start at NASBA.org

Federal Disclosure Statement
William & Mary makes every effort to ensure state licensure or certification is current. State requirements, however, may change. If you are planning to pursue professional licensure or certification in any state or territory, it is strongly recommended that you contact the appropriate licensing agency in that state or territory to seek information and guidance regarding licensure or certification requirements before beginning an academic program. Please see W&M's Disclosure notice for more information. We also encourage all prospective students to review the information available on the NASBA website thoroughly. Students should work with an advisor to ensure they are completing appropriate coursework. They should also be aware of additional, non-educational requirements such as professional work experience.

Finding a Common Ground: The William & Mary Residency

Students in the Online Master of Accounting program arrive with a diversity of personal and professional backgrounds. That’s why our program includes optional Residency Weekends: opportunities to begin building a shared experience with your cohort, both in terms of topical knowledge and your interpersonal relationships with one another.

We invite you to make the trip to our beautiful Williamsburg campus to meet your online classmates and faculty in person for the first time. In addition to bonding and networking over the course of three days, you will complete a course introducing you to unique aspects of the William & Mary experience and helping develop the interpersonal skills that are essential for any successful business leader. The residency curriculum is structured around three themes:

  • Collaboration: Content and exercises designed to capitalize on face-to-face opportunities
  • Culture: Experiences to more tightly bind students to the culture of William & Mary and the Raymond A. Mason School of Business
  • Connections: Social interactions designed to create relationships between students and faculty that endure beyond the end of the program
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As a student in the Online Master of Accounting program, you’ll have the opportunity to take non-credit-bearing courses on important accounting topics outside the program, including these:

  • Current events in accounting
  • State and local government financial reporting
  • Accounting for pensions and other post-employment benefits
  • Business law
  • Forensic accounting
  • Sustainability accounting

Residency Weekends are offered twice per academic year. Even if you don’t participate in this optional component, you’ll have access to recordings of the on-campus sessions.

Interested in Our Online Programs?

Oct
21

Priority Application Deadline

October 21st
Spring 2023 Term
Dec
2

Application Deadline

December 2nd
Spring 2023 Term
Jan
9

Next Start

January 9th
Spring 2023 Term
Sources
  1. Retrieved on July 18, 2022, from mason.wm.edu/careers/documents/2021-macc-employment-statistics.pdf
  2. Retrieved on July 18, 2022, from princetonreview.com/business-school-rankings?rankings=best-professors
  3. Retrieved on July 18, 2022, from princetonreview.com/college/william---mary-1022846#!academicsRetrieved on July 18, 2022, from payscale.com/research/US/Job=Senior_Tax_Manager/Salary
  4. Retrieved on July 18, 2022, from payscale.com/research/US/Job=International_Tax_Manager/Salary
  5. Retrieved on July 18, 2022, from payscale.com/research/US/Job=Accounting_Director/Salary
  6. Retrieved on July 18, 2022, from payscale.com/research/US/Job=Senior_Accounting_Manager/Salary
  7. Retrieved on July 18, 2022, from payscale.com/research/US/Job=Corporate_Controller/Salary
  8. Retrieved on July 18, 2022, from payscale.com/research/US/Job=Internal_Auditing_Manager/Salary