Accounting majors designing an Individual Program of Study that anticipates graduate study in accounting may wish to emphasize interdisciplinary study at the undergraduate level and specialized accounting study at the graduate level. An Individual Program of Study for accounting majors not intending to pursue significant graduate study in accounting may emphasize specialization in accounting at the undergraduate level and include accounting courses as an alternative to a concentration in business. In many states, including Virginia, the requirements governing the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation are different for determining eligibility to sit for the CPA Exam as opposed to qualifying for a license. These requirements are determined by state laws and are subject to revision; to obtain the most current information consult the appropriate state agency.
Degree Requirements for the Majors Program:
Degree candidates must be students in good academic standing who have satisfied all general education and proficiency requirements; earned at least 60 semester credits in Arts and Sciences academic subjects; satisfied all core and major requirements of the Mason School of Business; and earned at least 120 semester hours of academic credits.
The Undergraduate Business Core Program common to all majors is as follows:
All students are required to complete BUAD 330 and use computer-based approaches within the curricula of the Mason School of Business. Students are required to submit papers and write-ups using current software applications. Students also are required to use spreadsheets in preparing analyses, and presentation software in preparing presentations. It is required that students acquire a laptop computer and appropriate software. Computer labs are also available on campus.
Additional Core Requirements:
Accounting Major with a specialization in accounting (graduate study in accounting not anticipated)
The major in Accounting for students not intending to pursue significant graduate study in accounting requires the following courses, totaling 15 credit hours, in addition to the Core Program.