Program goal

The purpose of the Master of Accountancy program is to provide the skills and knowledge necessary to be future leaders in the professional business community and the public sector for students who wish to specialize in the areas of accounting/information systems, auditing, financial reporting and accounting/other fields of business.

Student learning outcomes

  1. Students are expected to demonstrate the ability to effectively analyze comprehensive cases, comprehensive problems and other projects that require in-depth accounting knowledge. The analysis should include a brief statement of the issue, facts bearing on the issue, appropriate professional guidance and a proposed solution to the issue.
  2. Students are expected to demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate accounting information in writing and in oral presentations.
  3. Students are expected to demonstrate the ability to apply accounting knowledge in a variety of contexts and circumstances.
  4. Students must be able to demonstrate their ability to apply ethical principles in a variety of accounting contexts and circumstances.

VCU Graduate Bulletin, VCU Graduate School and general academic policies and regulations for all graduate students in all graduate programs

The VCU Graduate Bulletin website documents the official admission and academic rules and regulations that govern graduate education for all graduate programs at the university. These policies are established by the graduate faculty of the university through their elected representatives to the University Graduate Council.

It is the responsibility of all graduate students, both on- and off-campus, to be familiar with the VCU Graduate Bulletin as well as the Graduate School website and academic regulations in individual school and department publications and on program websites. However, in all cases, the official policies and procedures of the University Graduate Council, as published on the VCU Graduate Bulletin and Graduate School websites, take precedence over individual program policies and guidelines.

Visit the Graduate study section for additional information on academic regulations for graduate students.

Degree candidacy requirements

A graduate student admitted to a program or concentration requiring a final research project, work of art, thesis or dissertation, must qualify for continuing master’s or doctoral status according to the degree candidacy requirements of the student’s graduate program. Admission to degree candidacy, if applicable, is a formal statement by the graduate student’s faculty regarding the student’s academic achievements and the student’s readiness to proceed to the final research phase of the degree program.

Graduate students and program directors should refer to the following degree candidacy policy as published in the VCU Graduate Bulletin for complete information and instructions.

Visit the Graduate study section for additional information on degree candidacy requirements.

Graduation requirements

As graduate students approach the end of their academic programs and the final semester of matriculation, they must make formal application to graduate. No degrees will be conferred until the application to graduate has been finalized.

Graduate students and program directors should refer to the following graduation requirements as published in the Graduate Bulletin for a complete list of instructions and a graduation checklist.

Visit the Graduate study section for additional information on graduation requirements.

Other information

School of Business policies and procedures for graduate master’s degree students are available on the school’s website at

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Admission requirements

Degree: Semester(s) of entry: Deadline dates: Test requirements:
M.Acc.FallJul 1GMAT or GRE*
SpringNov 1
SummerMar 1

In addition to the general admission requirements of the VCU Graduate School, applicants to the Master of Accountancy degree program who do not hold an undergraduate degree in accounting or business may be required to take up to 24 credit hours of business prerequisite courses and 27 credit hours of accounting prerequisite courses. These prerequisite courses may be waived for students who have successfully completed an equivalent course.


May be waived for candidates with an undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited U.S. institution with a minimum GPA of 3.25

Accounting prerequisites

Candidates must complete at least eight non-accounting business courses from the following list. (Equivalent 500-level courses may be substituted.) These courses may be waived if a student has completed the equivalent course in an undergraduate program.

ACCT   203
ACCT   204
Introduction to Accounting I
and Introduction to Accounting II
or ACCT   205 Introductory Accounting Survey
ACCT   303Intermediate Accounting I3
ACCT   304Intermediate Accounting II3
ACCT   305Intermediate Accounting III3
ACCT   306Cost Accounting3
ACCT   307Accounting Systems3
ACCT   405Tax Accounting Principles3
ACCT   406Auditing3

Degree requirements

In addition to the VCU Graduate School graduation requirements, students in the Master of Accountancy program must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate course work with at least 15 credit hours in graduate accounting course work.

Curriculum requirements

Required courses
ACCT   604Advanced Auditing3
ACCT   610Forensic Accounting3
or ACCT   513 Advanced Accounting
ACCT   662Advanced Topics in Accounting Information Systems3
ACCT   680Tax Research and Planning3
SCMA   648Analytics for Organizational Decision-making3
Information systems and analytics concentration electives
Select 12 credits from the following:12
Data Mining
Information Systems Management
Information Systems for Managers
Information Systems for Business Intelligence
Statistical Analysis and Modeling
Applied Multivariate Methods
Management Science
Developing and Implementing Forecasting Methods for Business
Business electives
Select one course from the following:3
Financial Management of Financial Institutions
Financial Management
Investments and Security Analysis
International Finance
Short-term Financial Management
Advanced Human Resource Management
Organizational Leadership and Project Team Management
Marketing Research
SAP ERP and Supply Chain Management
Supply Chain Innovation
Total Hours30

Graduate program director
Colleen A. Davis
Senior director, master’s programs
Phone: (804) 828-4622

Additional contact
Jana P. McQuaid
Associate dean, master’s programs
Phone: (804) 828-4622

Program website: