Academic Emphasis

Are you considering becoming an accounting professor? The Mason School's unique Academic Emphasis gives you the direct experience and exposure to explore this rewarding and in-demand career. With a significant shortage of accounting professors nationwide, right now is the perfect time to prepare to earn your Ph.D. Whether you plan to apply to doctorial programs immediately after earning your Masters or return to work in the industry for a few years, this program will give you the confidence and skills to move forward in your career.

Program Highlights

One of only two research-focused Master of Accounting programs in the country, this emphasis was exclusively designed to teach you how to formulate research questions, collect data, conduct statistical analyses, and evaluate published and in-progress research. You will:

  • Gain first-hand experience through work with a faculty member as a research assistant
  • Develop a broad overview of the scope of knowledge required to earn a Ph.D.
  • Interact with research speakers and develop your ideas as part of the academic community
  • Complete your degree prepared to enter a top Ph.D. program
William & Mary Advantage

As the second oldest university in the country, William & Mary has truly earned its rank and reputation as a top educational institution.

Research leader

Benefit from William & Mary's strong commitment to involve students in research.

Personalized experience

Gain the skills and support to put together a strong Ph.D. application.

Expert instruction

Learn from William & Mary's top ranked faculty through innovative, hands-on teaching.

Proven success

William & Mary has one of the highest rates for sending students to Ph.D. programs.