MAcc Career Outcomes

Why pursue a career in accounting?

Accounting is ranked:

number six best business jobs
number 24 best jobs overall

We know there's no one journey to becoming a CPA. Our Master of Accounting programs will provide you with the academic foundation, flexibility and career support you need to pass the CPA exam and land your first job.

"[The] staff, faculty and partners dedicated a lot of time and energy on my behalf. They provided career coaching events and one-on-one advising... I cannot imagine that I would be where I am today without their help." - Yuhong Xie

The dedicated team of professionals in the Graduate Career Management Center are your advocates as you search for employment. They have a pulse on the industry and robust connections with recruiters from the Big Four, BDO, government agencies and firms throughout the mid-Atlantic region.

Additionally, all of our MAcc students have access to over 140 current, semi-retired and retired business executives and their networks as part of our exclusive Executive Partner (EP) Program.

Our extensive global network of alumni are passionate about connecting with our students. They come back to campus to contribute on discussion panels, participate in networking events, and interview prospective candidates as recruiters.

"It is clear that when you graduate from William & Mary you are joining an elite network of successful individuals who truly care about giving back however they can." - Stephen Coyne

 Overall, the field of accounting is projected to grow 10% in the next ten years. Forge your own path in one of these emerging fields:

Growth industries in accounting (2016 - 2026)
  • Oil & Gas (20%)
  • Health care (18%)
  • Securities, commodities, funds and trusts (18%)
  • Grantmaking & giving (24%)
  • Agencies, brokerages & insurance (21%)
  • Management, scientific & technical consulting services (25%)
Surprising paths
  • Fraud investigations/ forensic accounting
  • Ballot tabulation and processing
  • International
  • Non-profit/ government
  • Sports team accountant
  • Corporate entertainment accountant
  • Start-up accountants
  • FinTech