Residential MAcc Emphases & Academic Experiences


  • Accounting Analytics

    As decision makers look for new and better ways to make decisions, they will be relying on accounting data and accountants for those database solutions and techniques. With the Accounting Analytics emphasis, students will learn forecasting, diagnostic, and relationship tools to analyze and manage large data sets.

  • Audit & Assurance

    The Auditing & Assurance emphasis provides practical experience in forensic accounting and fraud investigation, auditing information systems, risk management, and compliance. Students will develop the professional skills needed to pursue careers in internal or external auditing in both private and public settings.

  • Experiential: Winter Field Experience

    Held in the spring, the Experiential emphasis (Winter Field Experience) offers the opportunity for students to turn their accounting into real-world experience by interning with an accounting firm or other top employer.

  • Taxation

    Combining courses in fundamental federal, state, and local taxation with specialized courses in corporate tax strategy, mergers and acquisitions, and estate and financial planning. The Taxation emphasis prepares students to meet the growing demand for qualified tax professionals.

  • Valuation & Advisory Services

    Students who choose the Valuation & Advisory Services emphasis will graduate with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed as a financial services leader. Courses include advanced study of financial reporting, data modeling, and managerial accounting.

Accounting Analytics Emphasis

Required Courses & Descriptions (6 credits)

Additional Courses & Descriptions (3 credits)

Audit & Assurance Emphasis

Required Course & Description (3 credits)

Additional Courses & Descriptions (6 credits)

Experiential: Winter Field Experience Emphasis

Required Course & Description (4 credits)

Additional Courses & Descriptions (6 credits)

Taxation Emphasis

Some tax courses at the William & Mary Law School may also apply for additional courses.

Required Course & Description (3 credits)

Additional Courses & Descriptions (6 credits)

Valuation & Advisory Services Emphasis

Other electives may be taken and counted toward the emphasis with the approval of the Chair of the Accounting Department.

Required Course & Description (3 credits)

Additional Courses & Descriptions (6 credits)

Michael Hammel

Michael Hammel '19

"The D.C. Trek was one of my highlights because we went up to Washington, D.C. and met with the SEC, the PCAOB, and the National Tax Office. It was first-hand experience seeing what they do every day and learning the different regulations and rules."

Ph.D. Preparation Program

Explore a career as an accounting professor with a series of one-credit classes that introduce you to Ph.D.-level subjects related to the field of Accounting.

Program Courses & Descriptions

Milton Washington

Milton Washington '19

"The Ph.D. emphasis was really what drove me to William & Mary. I want to expand the field of Accounting by doing research in Behavioral Accounting."

Dual Degree

Dual Degree Option

William & Mary's Raymond A. Mason School of Business offers a dual MBA/ MAcc option in which students may obtain both the MBA degree and the Master of Accounting (MAcc) degree in 2 1/2 years, instead of the three years that would be required if each degree were pursued independently.

The program is designed especially for non-accounting majors who intend to seek the CPA credential as part of their professional preparation. The dual program provides a student both the comprehensive accounting education needed to qualify to sit for the licensing exam and broad-based, well-rounded business education.