Academic Program

The Master of Accountancy program at GW prepares students for high-level professional careers in the public and private sectors.

The Curriculum

A flexible program tailored to individual interests and career objectives in accounting, financial management, and tax practice. The Master of Accountancy program offers a path for students at all skill levels. An undergraduate degree in Accountancy or Business is not required. We also offer a five-year program for undergraduate students enrolled in the Bachelor of Accountancy and Bachelor of Business Administration program at the School of Business.

Each path of study requires a minimum 30 credits, with 21 credits of coursework in accounting. Required courses can be waived with or without substitution depending on previous academic study and performance.

In addition to the required courses, students also select from a wide range of electives in specialized accounting subjects, as well as other business topics that help them prepare for their professional certification and career goals. Students may choose from electives offered by the School of Business as well as the GW Law School.

Credits

The Master of Accountancy program is 30 credit hours long. Three-credit courses are a full semester long (14 weeks). Courses that are 1.5 credits are seven weeks in length and are offered either in the first or second half of a semester.

Duration

The program may be pursued on a full-time or part-time basis. Day and evening classes are available, as well as summer classes, and prior work experience is not required. Students typically complete degree requirements in the following time frames:

  • 30-Credit Track & Prerequisites:
    • Part Time: 21-60 months
    • Full Time: 9 months

Preparing for the CPA Exam

Students who intend to take the CPA 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.