General M.S.A. Information 

The Accounting program leads to the Master of Science in Accounting degree which prepares business and non-business majors for entry into the public accounting profession. The Master’s program serves as the "fifth" year in preparing students for the 150 hours of postsecondary education required or scheduled to be required to become a certified public accountant in most jurisdictions.

The mission of the graduate accounting program is to provide a strong regional presence for advanced professional education that prepares students for success in the accounting profession by strengthening the students' technical expertise, enhancing their understanding of professional responsibility and improving their business skills necessary to compete in today's complex and ever-changing business environment.

James Madison University offers an on-campus program tailored for individuals who prefer a traditional full-time residential college program of study. 

For more information on the M.S.A. program, contact Ms. Amanda Reedy at (540) 568-3250.

Prospective M.S.A. Students
Applying to the M.S.A. Program

General Application Procedure

Apply online through The Graduate School website.

  • Complete the official graduate application form
  • Submit résumé online
  • Submit the $55 nonrefundable fee*
    *Applications will not be processed without application fees. Fee waivers are not acceptable.

The following information should be mailed to The Graduate School:

  • Official transcripts, in individually sealed envelopes, from all previously attended institutions.
  • The official standardized GMAT test scores sent directly from the testing center. The code for the M.S. in Accounting program at JMU is 50P-NS-38.

TGS mailing address:

The Graduate School, MSC 6702
James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA 22807

Information regarding financial aid can be accessed on the JMU Financial Aid website.

Application Deadlines

The Accounting program accepts applications on a rolling basis. Completed applications should be received at least 6 weeks prior to the start of the semester in which the applicant intends to enroll.

  • Fall semester - July 1
  • Spring semester - November 1
  • Summer semester - April 1

Admission Information

Click here for admission criteria and prerequisites.

Current M.S.A. Students

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