Note: Admission to this program is temporarily suspended.
 

Program accreditation
Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

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 current knowledge of financial accounting standards, tax laws and regulations, and other professional guidance that affects the profession. In addition, students should be aware of proposed changes to tax laws and regulations, financial accounting standards, and other professional guidance.
  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 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.
  4. Students are expected to demonstrate the ability to apply accounting knowledge in a variety of contexts and circumstances.
  5. 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 business.vcu.edu/graduate-studies/current-graduate-students.

Note: Admission to this program is temporarily suspended.

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.

Note: Admission to this program is temporarily suspended.

Undergraduate prerequisites

Non-accounting business course prerequisites

Students 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.

ECON   303Managerial Economics3
FIRE   311Financial Management3
INFO   360Business Information Systems3
MGMT   319Leadership3
MGMT   434Strategic Management3
MKTG   301Marketing Principles3
SCMA   301Business Statistics I3
SCMA   320Production/Operations Management3
SCMA   325Organizational Communication3

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
6
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 accounting courses
ACCT   604Advanced Auditing3
ACCT   606International Accounting3
ACCT   610Forensic Accounting3
ACCT   662Advanced Topics in Accounting Information Systems3
Required tax courses
Select two of the following:6
Tax Research and Planning
Tax Administration
Corporate Taxation
Partnership Taxation
ACCT   685
Additional course work
Select 12 credit hours from the following:12
Business Process Engineering
Information Systems Management
Information Systems for Managers
Information Systems for Business Intelligence
Organizational Leadership and Project Team Management
Entrepreneurship
Other approved 600-level accounting or business course
Total Hours30

Total graduate credit hours required (minimum) 30

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

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

Program website: business.vcu.edu/graduate-studies/master-of-accountancy