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Master of Science in Accounting

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Master of Science in Accounting

Students may specialize in tax, or financial reporting and assurance.  

The M.S. in accounting program provides a strong technical foundation as well as a practical understanding of the context within which business decisions must be evaluated.  The 30-credit hour program is designed to be completed in one academic year.  Students are admitted for the fall semester and generally graduate the following May.  The curriculum allows students to meet the 150-hour rule currently required by most states to sit for the CPA exam.

Classes for the M.S. in Accounting are taught in a rigorous yet informal seminar format that encourages a culture of collaboration between and among the faculty and students.  The relatively small size of the program contributes to the friendly, supportive environment.        

Program Prerequisites:

McIntire seeks graduate students who show evidence of strong academic preparation, intellectual curiosity, and a passion for their chosen field of study.  Along with academic preparation and test scores, the admissions committee takes into consideration any relevant work or internship experience; honors; awards; extracurricular activities  personal characteristics such as leadership, ability to wok with others, integrity, maturity, and motivation.  Factors such as diversity of perspective and international experience may also be considered.  Candidates who are non-native English speakers must also demonstrate sufficient oral and written English language skills to be successful in the graduate program.

In addition, students must have successfully completed the following courses in accounting prior to matriculation:

  • Intermediate Accounting I & II (six semester hours)
  • Six semester hours of upper-division accounting courses
    • For applicants to the financial reporting and assurance track, these six hours must include a course equivalent to Commerce 521 Introductory Assurance Services.
    • Successful completion of a U.S. Tax course is highly recommended.
    • For applicants to the tax consulting track, these six hours must include a course equivalent to Commerce 545 Federal Tax I.



Admission Requirements

  • Completed online application form, including all requested documentation and application fee
  • Official transcript from all colleges and universities attended   
  • Official GMAT scores sent to the McIntire School of Commerce 
  • Official TOEFL scores, if applicable, sent to the McIntire School of Commerce (McIntire requires a TOEFL score of 250 computer/ 600 paper-based or higher to be competitive for admissions) 
  • Two letters of recommendation

A $60 application fee is required which can be paid online with the application. If accepted, a non-refundable deposit of $500 will be required and is credited toward the first tuition payment. For more information or to access the online admissions services, please visit the website or contact

Office of Graduate Admissions

McIntire School of Commerce
Monroe Hall
University of Virginia
P.O. Box 400173
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4173
(434) 924-3571 Toll-free (877) 349-2620

Grading Policy

Grades are awarded only to those students who are registered for, and who complete a course for, credit. All courses are on a credit basis only. The letter grade symbols used for grading graduate students in the Accounting program are: A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C, D, F. Students are required to maintain a GPA of 3.0 to remain in the program and graduate. Student performance may be evaluated periodically by the faculty. In addition, a student who earns six credits of sub-standard performance (“C”) is placed on probation; a probationary student who earns one additional grade of C is dropped from the program. A student, who receives a grade of F (non-performance) in any course, is automatically dropped from the program. 

Course Structure and Faculty

In addition, approved 500 level courses may be taken in the graduate program.  See Undergraduate Record for course descriptions.

Ernst & Young Accounting Program  The Graduate School of Commerce, in partnership with Ernst & Young, LLP, offers a unique, customized Master of Science in Accounting program for students who want to earn their master’s degree while working for Ernst & Young. Applicants are recruited for the program by Ernst & Young. Upon admission by the McIntire School’s admissions committee, students also become employees of Ernst & Young. For additional information, please visit the Ernst & Young website at

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