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The School of Accounting at JMU offers a Master of Science in accounting degree with a general/audit track or a tax concentration, which prepares both business and non-business majors for entry into the public accounting profession, providing the 150 hours of postsecondary education required to become a certified public accountant in most jurisdictions.

The M.S. in accounting program is designed to ready you for career success, starting with the CPA exam itself. In 2019, our graduates held the No. 13 pass rate in the nation for “first time testing events for universities with 60 or more candidates,” according to NASBA


This program meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Please refer to the JMU Professional Licensure Program Status by Jurisdiction Index to determine if this JMU program meets the educational requirements specified by the associated licensing or certification agency in the state or territory in which you are located while enrolled. You can also determine if the program meets the educational requirements specified by the licensing boards in other states and territories. Requirements vary by state and are subject to change. The information provided is current as of the review date indicated in the table.

Through our participation in the VITA program, you’ll gain valuable experience preparing returns for a wide variety of clients and financial situations.

The Master’s program serves as the “fifth” year for current undergraduate and transfer students, who can apply to join the M.S. in accounting program following the second semester of their senior year, and no GMAT is required. Students who apply after completing their undergraduate degree are required to score a 550 or above on the GMAT, though this is waived for anyone who has passed all four sections of the CPA exam.

The M.S. in accounting coursework is administered as a full-time on-campus program of study that strengthens your technical expertise, enhances your understanding of professional responsibility and gives you the business skills necessary to compete in today's complex and ever-changing business environment.

Two 2019 JMU M.S. in accounting graduates were recipients of the prestigious Elijah Watt Sells award, which is given to those who score above 95.50% on all four sections of the Uniform CPA examination and pass all four in their first attempt. They were two of only 110 test takers worldwide who qualified for the award this year out of the 86,000 that sat for the exam.

For more information on the M.S. in accounting program, refer to the graduate catalog, or contact Amanda Reedy at (540) 568-3250.

Applying to the M.S. in Accounting Program

General Application Procedure

Apply online through The Graduate School website.

  • Complete the official graduate application form
  • Submit résumé online
  • Submit the $60 nonrefundable fee
    Note: 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. in Accounting students

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