This program provides an opportunity for nondegree-seeking students to earn the academic credit necessary to sit for the Uniform CPA Examination in Virginia.
This undergraduate certificate may be pursued on a part-time basis. Maintaining full-time status is not guaranteed.
This certificate program qualifies for Title IV Federal Financial Aid. For more information about program graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our disclosure page.
The requirement for enrollment is a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university.
Students are required to complete a minimum of 30 credits of accounting courses. At least 16 required credits must be taken at Mason after acceptance to the certificate program. Students have four years to complete certificate requirements. Students who are given permission to re-enroll following an absence from Mason may not count the four-year time limit as beginning on the date of re-enrollment.
Successful completion of the certificate program requires a grade of C or better in accounting courses and a GPA of at least 2.00 in all courses. Students are only permitted three attempts to pass each course with a C or better, following a third unsuccessful attempt the student will no longer be able pursue the certificate program.
Virginia Uniform CPA Examination
All students who wish to sit for the Uniform CPA Examination in Virginia are required to have completed 150 college-level credits, including at least 30 credits of accounting with courses in financial accounting, auditing, taxation, and management accounting; and at least 24 credits of non-accounting business courses.
Total credits: 30
|ACCT 203||Survey of Accounting||3|
|ACCT 330||Financial Accounting I||3|
|ACCT 311||Managerial and Cost Accounting||3|
|ACCT 331||Financial Accounting II||3|
|ACCT 332||Financial Accounting III||3|
|ACCT 351||Taxation and Managerial Decision Making||3|
|ACCT 361||Accounting Information Systems||3|
|ACCT 461||Assurance and Audit Services||3|
|Select 6 credits from the following:||6|
|Accounting in a Global Economy|
|Financial Statement Analysis|
|Advanced Managerial Accounting|
|Advanced Financial Accounting|
|Advanced Federal Taxation|
|Honors Seminar in Accounting|
|Government and Not-for-Profit Accounting|
|Seminar in Accounting|
|Internship in Accounting|
Students with a previous degree in business or accounting are advised to take School of Business courses above the 303 level to complete the 16 Mason credits needed after acceptance to the certificate program.
Students who have not previously studied business are advised to take the following recommended courses:
|BULE 303||Legal Environment of Business||3|
|BULE 402||Commercial Law||3|
|BUS 210||Business Analytics I||3|
|BUS 310||Business Analytics II||3|
|FNAN 341||Introduction to Firm Valuation||3|
|MIS 303||Introduction to Business Information Systems (Mason Core)||3|