Master of Accounting Student Experience

Life at the Raymond A. Mason School of Business

Experiential learning and exceptional instruction, all in the heart of America's second-oldest institution for higher learning. Colonial Williamsburg is regarded as the birthplace of our nation and is the perfect small-town setting for an immersive and transformative one-year journey.

Outside of academics, students are supported by their fellow classmates, dedicated program and career staff, and a small-town community that takes pride in their Tribe.

Student Life

As a student in William & Mary's MAcc program, you will engage in a variety of academic and professional development experiences throughout the program. From networking with CPA firms during orientation to the once-in-a-lifetime experience of the DC Trek to our nation's capital, your time in the Mason School will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.

Before you arrive on campus for orientation, you'll begin interacting with the program staff who are available to provide you with information to ease your transition to Williamsburg. Students are introduced to one another via social media and these early conversations will lay the foundation to the life-long network you'll enjoy upon graduation.

In addition to professional opportunities, our students are integrated into many aspects of the William & Mary campus and the greater-Williamsburg community. You'll find MAcc students involved in athletics - organized and recreational, the arts, volunteer work, and more. Whether you are a new student to William & Mary or are simply moving over to the Business School as a graduate student, you are immediately welcomed into our family, our Tribe!

Student Opportunities

  • Orientation

    We give you three days of networking and recruiting events that put you in direct touch with recruiters from all the major (Big Four) and regional accounting and consulting firms. You will bond with your classmates with fun activities including our popular Ropes Course. You’ll get lessons in how to navigate career fairs as well as a chance to refine your skills with mock interviews and “Speed Networking" events.

  • MAcc Council

    The MAcc Council is an arm of the student government in the business school and is integral to your student experience. The MAcc Council organizes events throughout the year to support community initiatives and boost morale. From Thanksgiving potlucks to food drives to intramural sports teams, the MAcc Council brings students together to support one another in the Mason School.

  • The DC Trek

    An optional 1-credit experiential learning opportunity for students to explore the financial markets and regulatory agencies in Washington, DC. You and your classmates will take an overnight trip to our nation’s capital and gain insight into how the intersection of business and government affects the accounting industry by visiting with experts at organizations like the SEC, PCAOB, Department of Treasury and more.

  • Sprint Week

    Sprint Week is a bold learning opportunity exclusive to William & Mary. During the spring semester, MAcc students are immersed in a one-week intensive hands-on course that provides special emphasis on the current analytical and statistical tools affecting the accounting profession. Students will conduct analyses, interpret findings, and use data visualization tools to present the results of their analyses.

  • Meet the Firms

    Each September the MAcc program hosts Meet the Firms Friday, an event open to business students interested in consulting, financial services, and accounting. In addition to informational panels and networking sessions, you'll connect with alumni and recruiters from over 30 industry-leading firms.

  • Career Fairs

    Throughout the year, there are multiple career fairs, information sessions and events to directly link you to the perfect job outcome.

  • International Go Program

    In the fall semester, the MAcc program offers an optional series of luncheons designed to offer additional support to international students with topics including conversational strategies, presentation skills, team dynamics and job search techniques.

  • International Celebrations

    Throughout the year, the International Student Association plans fun cultural events like Diwali, Chinese New Year and more.

Living in Williamsburg and Our Cohort

Living in Williamsburg

Ask anyone with a MAcc and they will surely recount stories of staying up late to polish presentations, study for exams and prepare cases for five different classes.

The Mason School MAcc program will no doubt be a tough academic challenge, but it isn't all about the work.

The historic William & Mary campus takes visitors through more than 300 years of history and tradition. We are located in the heart of Williamsburg, where you will find students reading, checking their email, or playing Frisbee in the Sunken Gardens, running through the scenic trails surrounding Lake Matoaka or walking the DoG (that's Duke of Gloucester Street) in Colonial Williamsburg.

You can kayak on the James River or practice your golf swing at one of the more than 20 PGA-quality golf courses nearby. At night, you can walk across the street to meet your classmates at a café or head to Virginia Beach, Norfolk, or Richmond, each about a 45-minute drive away. We are just over two hours from Washington D.C. and a half a day from New York City.

Yes, the MAcc program will be demanding. Yes, you will spend a lot of time on projects and coursework, preparing to interview and to network with visiting executives. But you will also make lifelong friendships and have more fun than you imagined.

Our Cohort

On average, 25% of our MAcc program cohorts are made up of William & Mary undergraduates. The other 75% of each class comes from undergraduate universities across the country - and world - to make up a diverse group with a wide range of backgrounds, personalities, and perspectives.

Ben Wroblewski

Ben Wroblewski '14

"The biggest highlight for me was the cohort itself. All of the students were excellent. They were all proven professionals, people who wanted to be better professionals."