School of Business

Master of Accountancy (M.Accy.)
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus

Program Overview

A flexible program tailored to individual interests and career objectives in accounting, financial management and tax practice. The Master of Accountancy program offers a path for students at all skill levels. An undergraduate degree in Accountancy or Business is not required. We also offer a five-year combined degree program for undergraduate students enrolled in the Bachelor of Accountancy and Bachelor of Business Administration program at the School of Business.

Each path of study requires a minimum 30 credits, with 21 credits of coursework in accounting. Required courses can be waived with substitution depending on previous academic study and performance.

In addition to the required courses, students also select from a wide range of electives in specialized accounting subjects, as well as other business topics that help them prepare for their professional certification and career goals. Students may choose from electives offered by the School of Business as well as the GW Law School.

Day and evening classes are available to accommodate working professionals.


Total Credits:  30


-Part Time: 21-60 months

-Full Time: A minimum of nine months

Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines: 

Fall and Summer
Round 1 1/15
Round 2 4/1
Round 3 5/15

Standardized test scores:

Either the Graduate Admissions Management Test (GMAT – institution code QK4-4F-40) or the Graduate Records Exam (GRE – institution code 5246) is required. May be waived for applicants with (1) a bachelor's GPA of 3.25 or higher or (2) significant, applicable professional work or military experience.

Recommendations required:

One recommendation.

Prior academic records:

Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript.  Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be uploaded to your online application.  Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.

International applicants whose transcripts are in a language other than English must have them professionally translated and notarized, and submit both copies into the application.

Statement of purpose:

In an essay limited to 500 words, discuss your long-term and short-term professional objectives and how your past experiences have contributed to and defined these objectives. Include in your statement why you want to pursue a graduate business degree at this point in time. You may also include your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned in the application. You may explain any academic inconsistencies as part of your statement or as an addendum.

Additional requirements:

A current resumé is required.

International applicants only:

Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW, and English language requirements.

PLEASE NOTE that the minimum English language test scores required by this program are:

  • Academic IETLS: an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual band score below 6.0; or
  • TOEFL: 600 on paper-based, or 100 on Internet-based; or
  • Academic PTE: 68

* Prospective candidates for fellowships/assistantships must submit a completed application packet (including test scores) by January 15. Later applications will be considered if funds are still available.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:

The GW School of Business
Attn: Graduate Admissions
2201 G Street, NW, Suite 550
Washington, DC 20052

Contact for questions:
[email protected] 
9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday