Accounting is one of the highest demand professions for new graduates of any area in today’s market. JMU’s School of Accounting will prepare you to be an active and engaged business professional. Our program is the first in Virginia to be separately accredited by the AACSB, and all of our faculty hold professional licensures, either as Certified Public Accountants or Certified Management Accountants. Our students perform extremely well on the CPA exam: In 2015, our M.S.A. students had a 95.2 percent pass rate and average score of 85.8 percent on the CPA exam.

We offer both undergraduate and graduate programs. The four-year undergraduate accounting major leads to the Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) degree. Our five-year program leads to the dual B.B.A./Master of Science in Accounting (M.S.A.) degree. You may consult with your adviser about this option during your junior year. 

For more information, download a printable factsheet, and view Core courses, here.


If you choose to pursue the B.B.A., you’ll take a combination of accounting, business and general education courses to prepare you for a variety of careers, ranging from auditor, business analyst and cost accountant to tax adviser, controller and systems consultant. 

View degree and major requirements in the catalog.


If you’re considering a career in public accounting, we recommend the five-year M.S.A. program because the Certified Public Accountant licensure requires 150 college credit hours in all 50 states. This professional program will provide a well-rounded background in accounting and other business disciplines while allowing you to concentrate in the areas of taxation or auditing. You must be admitted to this competitive program before you can enroll in graduate courses. You may apply after your junior year, and we encourage early applications.  

The concentration in taxation will help you develop the technical, research and communication skills needed for tax careers in public accounting and private industry.  

View degree and major requirements in the Graduate Catalog.



M.S.A. students may pursue a concentration in taxation, which will cultivate the technical, research and communication skills needed for tax careers in public accounting and private industry.

Course Descriptions

For more information about the undergraduate program in accounting, see the undergraduate catalog.

For more information about the graduate program in accounting, see the graduate catalog.

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