Accounting, BS


The Accounting degree (ACCT) 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 capital provides unique opportunities for our graduates to work in government and in the federal practices of public accounting firms. The accounting degree program is separately accredited by AACSB International.

Students interested in CPA certification can apply to the MSA 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.

Admissions & Policies

Academic Policies

Students should become familiar with the university's general academic policies in addition to those specific to each academic unit.


George Mason University uses only Mason e-mail accounts to communicate with enrolled students. Students should activate their Mason e-mail, use it to communicate with their school/department/program and other administrative units, and check it regularly for important information.

Study Elsewhere Policy

A student who has matriculated at Mason may transfer a limited number of hours (9 for undergraduates, 6 for graduates) of coursework in School of Business disciplines from another institution (not including registration through the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area or coursework completed through the Center for Global Education). Students are permitted to take courses elsewhere under unusual circumstances—these circumstances do not include scheduling or commuting convenience or financial (lower cost) reasons.

Special instructions for School of Business students: courses that are attempted at a two-year institution may not be used to fulfill upper-level requirements. Any course that a student wished to transfer to fulfill major or graduate-level course requirements in the School of Business must be attempted at an institution accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Undergraduate Internship Policy

The School of Business recognizes the importance of experiential education in both learnings to apply theory to practice and positioning students for success in their careers. Because the School of Business is committed to supporting students' professional success, the School requires that all student internships for credit be registered with the School of Business as either BUS 492 Undergraduate Internship or ACCT 492 Internship in Accounting. Students may enroll in a maximum of 6 credits for these courses. For students in catalog years Fall 2016 and beyond, one internship course may apply to the major, and a second internship course would apply as elective credit. For students in catalog years prior to Fall 2016, a maximum of 6 credits of internship may apply to general electives.

Termination from the Major

A grade of C or higher is required in each of the School of Business listed core courses. Students will not be permitted to make more than three attempts to achieve a C or higher in the following School of Business core courses: ACCT 303 Accounting for Decision Making or ACCT 330 Financial Accounting I, BULE 303 Legal Environment of Business, BUS 303 Develop Professional Skills II: Advanced Elements, FNAN 303 Financial Management, MGMT 303 Principles of Management, MIS 303 Introduction to Business Information Systems (Mason Core), MKTG 303 Principles of Marketing and OM 303 Operations Management. Once a student has attempted a School of Business Core or Accounting major course twice unsuccessfully, they must meet with an academic advisor in order to receive an override to register for the third attempt. Those who do not successfully complete these core courses within three attempts will be terminated from their major and will not be eligible to receive a degree from the School of Business. Students terminated from the School of Business are prohibited from enrolling in any School of Business course. Students terminated from the School of Business are permitted to declare a business minor.

University Consortium

Students should review university policies regarding the University Consortium under Special Registration Procedures in the Academic Policies section of this catalog. Students who have attempted or failed a course at Mason are not permitted to take the equivalent course through the consortium under any circumstance. All consortium registration requests must be submitted to the dean's office at least 3 weeks prior to the first day of classes for the relevant semester at Mason.

Any consortium course that a student wishes to register for to fulfill major or graduate-level course requirements in the School of Business must be attempted at an institution accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Non-Business School Student Credit Limitation

Enrolled undergraduate students who are not declared in a School of Business major are limited to 9 credits of upper-level business coursework within the School of Business. This policy applies to any student who is declared in another major or program at Mason and includes students enrolled in the School of Integrative Studies and the Bachelor of Individualized Study programs. This policy does not apply to students who have declared a School of Business minor and are earning required credit toward that minor.

Undergraduate Course Overload Policy

The School of Business recommends that undergraduate students attempt no more than 18 credits in an academic semester and no more than 14 credits in a summer term. Students wishing to attempt more than 18 credits must submit a Permission to Overload form to their academic advisor.

To be eligible for a course overload, a student must fulfill all of the following criteria:

  • At least a 3.0 cumulative GPA at Mason
  • Have completed all courses successfully in his/her previous semester with no Fs or incompletes (IN)
  • Complete the Permission to Overload form and obtain an academic advisor's signature

Freshmen and transfer students in their first semesters are not given permission for overloads as they have yet to establish an academic record at George Mason University.

If approved for an overload, the student is responsible for adding the additional class(es) and paying for the related tuition by the official university deadlines.

Appeals Process

The School of Business strives to maintain policies and procedures that are consistent with those of the University, as well as in the best interest of our students. If you have any questions concerning a particular policy or procedure, contact the Office of Student Success & Academic Services, Room 008 of Enterprise Hall or visit the website.


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.

Second Majors in Accounting

Students declaring a second major in Accounting must complete the 18 required courses for the major in addition to ACCT 330 Financial Accounting I.


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.

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and 3.5 GPA in ACCT major.
  • Two academic/professional references.
  • Once admitted to the program, students with a cumulative GPA below 3.0 will be dropped from the program.

Curricular Requirements

  • ACCT 330 Financial Accounting I with an A- or better.
  • A grade of B or better in Business Core curriculum courses: BULE 303 Legal Environment of Business, BUS 303 Develop Professional Skills II: Advanced Elements, FNAN 303 Financial Management, MGMT 303 Principles of Management, MIS 303 Introduction to Business Information Systems (Mason Core), MKTG 303 Principles of Marketing, OM 303 Operations Management.
  • Honors students must graduate with a 3.0 cumulative GPA and 3.5 GPA in the major.

Co-Curricular Requirements

The student must complete ONE of the following in addition to the curriculum requirements:

  • ACCT 462 Honors Seminar in Accounting or a 600-level ACCT course.
  • Study abroad (e.g., Aachen Dual Degree, Oxford Honors, China, South America).
  • Internship (ACCT 492 Internship in Accounting) Internships where no credit is earned also qualify.
  • Significant work experience (e.g., an experience that is comparable to an internship).
  • Research paper/Thesis as an independent study (ACCT 499 Independent Study) course. (e.g., faculty research, Mason undergraduate apprentice program, QEP).

Extra-Curricular Requirements

  • Attendance at Honors Events, as determined by the Honors Program Director.
  • The student must show a high degree of engagement in a School of Business student organization, preferably in a leadership role.

Requirements for Students to Obtain the Honors Designation

  • Honors students must meet all curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular requirements mentioned above at graduation.
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