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M.S. in Accounting

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In just nine months and 30 credit hours, you'll learn to use accounting and analytics to solve complex business problems and create compelling client presentations as you become a leader in your firm and in the field.


9 months | August start




In person in Charlottesville, VA


Financial Reporting & Assurance/Tax Consulting



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A top-ranked program. 

Top 25 Master's in Accounting Rankings Schools with Fewer Than 17 Full-Time Accounting Faculty, Public Accounting Report, 2017
Best Master's in Accounting Programs TFE Times, 2021
First-Time CPA Pass Rate [out of 758 institutions] NASBA Report, 2019


Accounting that goes beyond the books.

By pursuing either Financial Reporting & Assurance or Tax Consulting, you’ll gain deep technical knowledge within your area of focus. And though our STEM-designated program emphasizes analytical rigor, your education won’t stop at hard skills.

You'll develop the critical thinking and interpersonal savvy to guide teams and clients with courses in leadership, decision-making, and project management.

By the time you graduate, you'll have the opportunity to fulfill the 150-hour requirement for CPA licensure. Check with the board of accountancy for the specific requirements of the state in which you plan to practice.

Download M.S. in Accounting “At a Glance”

Master a Specialty

You'll become fluent in either Financial Reporting & Assurance or Tax Consulting, as you learn skills required to effectively lead teams and expertly advise clients.

See the Big Picture

Classroom discussions and case studies will immerse you in the types of complex, multidimensional business situations you’ll face in professional practice. You'll understand how to analyze the entire context within which business decisions are made.

Lead From the Start

Our Management Communication faculty will sharpen your ability to present and clarify complex and sensitive information at an executive level. You'll learn to build teams, give strategic recommendations, and negotiate intelligently.

Explore new opportunities.

Our program goes well beyond teaching you to master accounting: You'll be prepared to excel in many aspects of business. As you develop your expertise in advanced data analytics, you'll also grow crucial executive communication and presentation skills that will make you immediately stand out to potential employers.

In addition to your in-demand portfolio of talents, you'll find that the skills and network you've developed at McIntire will set you up for success as you enter the job market and prepare you to pursue any opportunities in the years to come.

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with offers by graduation Class of 2023
average annual base salary Class of 2023
signed with Big Four firm Class of 2023
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Meet the Ambassadors

M.S. in Accounting student ambassadors are an invaluable extension of our admissions team. They're here to offer unique student perspectives and to answer any questions you may have about the culture and community at McIntire. 

Success Stories

Participating in cultural excursions and company visits during the program offers a unique opportunity to cultivate cross-cultural thinking skills. These experiences enable participants to understand diversity better and appreciate how various cultural perspectives influence perceptions and approaches.

Deborah Okai

M.S. in Accounting 2024
B.Sc. Business Administration 2020, Ashesi University, Ghana


The M.S. in Accounting Program is designed for accounting majors or those with significant accounting coursework. Our admissions process is holistic—we look for well-rounded individuals who showcase strong intellectual capabilities, qualities of character, and a passion for their chosen field of study.

We strive to create a classroom that brings together a multitude of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. Explore our most recent class profile.

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We look forward to connecting with you about your interest in our Graduate Programs and encourage you to be in touch with any questions you may have.

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+1 434-982-6800