BS in Accounting


Program Description

  • TOP 5% among U.S. Business Program
  • AACSB accredited

The Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree prepares students for professional careers in the private and public sectors. The accounting major is designed to produce accounting professionals who can both generate and apply financial information to solve business problems.


Our students learn principles of business and accounting as well as the specific skills and specialized technical knowledge necessary for success in the dynamic field of accounting.

Our program emphasizes ethics, critical thinking, written and verbal communication, and effective use and understanding of technology. Our graduates are employed by the assurance, tax advisory, and consulting groups of the top accounting firms as well as Fortune 100 companies. Our proximity to the nation’s capitol provides unique opportunities for our graduates to work in government and in the federal practices of public accounting firms.

In recent years, our accounting program was the only accounting program operating in South Korea to possess the AACSB’s accounting accreditation during that accreditation’s existence, and our program will continue to provide only the highest quality of education.


All students have opportunities to

  • conduct independent research
  • engage in globally-related activities through coursework and language study at Mason and abroad
  • participate in many forms of public service
  • prepare for their future careers through internships, career-focused minors and other college-to-career activities

Degree Requirements

The accounting degree program is separately accredited by AACSB International.

Students interested in CPA certification can apply to the Master of Science in Accounting degree to meet the 150 hour requirement for CPA certification in most states. The MSA allows students to meet the 150 hour requirement for CPA certification in most states in only nine months.

Honors in the Major

The School of Business Accounting Honors Program provides highly motivated students majoring in accounting with an enriched academic experience integrating curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular development. Admission to the Honors Program is by invitation only. Students who have been found responsible for an Honor Code violation are not eligible for the program.

Degree Requirements

Total credits: 120

School of Business students pursuing a BS degree must complete a minimum of 120 credits, including the Mason Core requirements, business foundations, business core and major requirements. In addition, the following requirements must be met:

  • A minimum of 45 credits at the 300- or 400-level.
  • A minimum of 30 credits of School of Business core and major courses at Mason.
  • At least 9 credits required for the specific major and BUS 498 Capstone Course: Advanced Business Models (Mason Core) taken at Mason.
  • A grade of C or higher earned in the business foundations, business core and major requirements.

Students should carefully examine prerequisites for School of Business courses. Students may be removed from a course if they enroll without having fulfilled the prerequisites.

Last updated July 2019

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