MAccy Academic Program

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

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 combined degree 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 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 within the following time frames:

  • 30-Credit Track & Prerequisites:
    • Part Time: 21-60 months
    • Full Time: A minimum of nine months

Course Requirements

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 30 credits, including 15 credits in required courses and 15 credits in elective courses.

Preparatory courses
ACCY 2002Introductory Managerial Accounting3
ACCY 6101Financial Accounting3
or ACCY 2001 Introduction to Financial Accounting
MBAD 6235Finance0,3
MBAD 6242Microeconomics for the World Economy1.5
STAT 1051Introduction to Business and Economic Statistics3
Students that have not completed these courses prior to matriculation may be able to take them concurrent with the program requirements.
Required
ACCY 6104Intermediate Accounting I3
ACCY 6105Intermediate Accounting II3
ACCY 6201Accounting for Internal Decision Making0,1.5
ACCY 6202Advanced Strategic Cost Management0,1.5
ACCY 6301Contemporary Auditing Theory3
ACCY 6900Special Topics (Data Analytics for Accounting)0,3
Electives
15 credits in elective courses.At least 3 credits of electives must be taken from accountancy (ACCY) courses.

Students who intend to take the C.P.A. 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.

In addition, students must fulfill preparatory courses in financial accounting, managerial accounting, micro- or macroeconomics, and statistics.

Preparatory courses may be waived without substitution for other coursework. Required classes, except for ACCY 6201 and ACCY 6202, may be waived with substitution for other coursework for students who: 

  • Have already completed these courses with a minimum grade of B-
  • Have taken these courses at an AACSB - accredited institution
  • Have taken these courses within five years prior to the first semester of enrollment into the program

Students should consult with the advisor concerning course substitution.

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.

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Key Concepts

  • Planning the engagement
  • Internal controls
  • Obtain and document information
  • Review engagement and evaluate information
  • Prepare communications

Courses

  • ACCY 6301 | Contemporary Auditing Theory
  • ACCY 276 | Government Accounting and Auditing

Key Concepts

  • Business Structure
  • Economic Concepts
  • Financial Management
  • Information Technology
  • Planning & Measurement

Courses

  • Business Structure (20%):
    • ACCY 6602 | Business Law: Enterprise Organization
  • Measurement (managerial) (10%):
    • ACCY 6201, 6202 | Cases in Management Accounting I and II
  • All Areas Other Than Business Structure & Measurement (70%)
    • ACCY 6501 | Accounting Information Systems & EDP
    • ACCY 6106 | Financial Statement Analysis

Key Concepts

  • Concepts & Standards for Financial Statements
  • Typical Items in Financial Statements
  • Specific Types of Transactions & Events
  • Accounting & Reporting for Governmental Entities
  • Accounting & Reporting for Non-Governmental & Not-for-Profit Organizations

Courses

  • Business Enterprises (80%)
    • ACCY 6101 | Financial Accounting
    • ACCY 6402 | Financial IncomeTaxation of Partnerships
  • Governmental Entities (10%)
    • ACCY 6701 | Governmental Accounting and Auditing
  • Not-for-Profit Organizations (10%)
    • ACCY 6701 | Governmental Accounting and Auditing

Key Concepts

  • Ethics & Professional Responsibility
  • Business Law
  • Federal Tax Procedures & Accounting Issues
  • Federal Taxation of Property Transactions
  • Federal Taxation – Individuals
  • Federal Taxation – Entities

Courses

  • Taxation (60%):
    • ACCY 6401 | Federal Income Taxation
    • ACCY 6402 | Partnership Taxation
    • ACCY 6403 | Corporate Taxation
  • Law & Professional Responsibilities (all areas other than business structure) (40%):
    • ACCY 6601 | Business Law: Contracts, Torts, Property
    • ACCY 6602 | Business Law: Enterprise Organization