Master's Degree

The Department of Accounting and Information Systems (ACIS) offers a world class accounting and information systems education to our students.  Our Master of Accounting and Information Systems Program (MACIS Program or Program) prepares students for professional careers with specializations in accounting analytics, audit, financial services, information systems and taxation.

Our students are exposed to top organizations with a global presence, resulting in over 90% of our domestic students securing full-time employment prior to graduation with average salaries exceeding $56,000. Additionally, our students build strong relationships with their fellow classmates, creating a community that is valued not only in class at such a large university, but also during their careers following graduation.

A recent Public Accounting Report ranked Virginia Tech’s Master's of Accounting Program #2 in the mid-Atlantic Region,  #12 among large schools and #21 among all programs nationwide.

Virginia Tech and the MACIS Program offer tremendous opportunities and benefits to our students as can be seen in this video:

The MACIS Program is open to students with a bachelor’s degree in any discipline.  Entering students who have not already done so must complete the prerequisite courses listed in the respective Plans of Study (links below for each Option).  To earn a Master’s degree, we require the successful completion of 30 semester hours after all prerequisite courses have been fulfilled.  Students choose an Option upon entering the Program.  The curriculum for each Option is as follows:

  • Accounting Analytics Option
    The business world has increasingly turned to sophisticated analytics to help make sense of available data and reach decisions that are more informed. We have collaborated with KPMG to develop an Accounting Analytics Option within our MACIS Program.  This Option provides you with a degree grounded in applying state-of-the-art analytics concepts, techniques, and software to help solve accounting and assurance problems. It is also designed to provide a knowledge base that will qualify you to take the CPA examination. Additional information about our Accounting Analytics Option and Sponsorship.

  • Audit Option
    The curriculum in this Option is designed to prepare you to effectively practice as accountants and auditors in the current and future business environments. It is designed to provide a knowledge base that will qualify you to take the CPA examination.

  • Financial Services Option
    Like the Audit Option, this Option also provides a knowledge base that will qualify you to take the CPA examination.  This Option’s curriculum is designed to provide you with an analytical perspective from which you can effectively examine key business decisions related to financial markets and institutions and advise clients accordingly.

  • Information Systems Option
    The Information Systems Option includes education in the latest database management techniques and system modeling approaches, and provides the knowledge necessary to audit information systems in today’s technological environment. This combination of accounting, information systems and auditing knowledge is highly sought after by companies and accounting firms.  A background in information systems at the undergraduate level is desirable, but not required.  This Option provides a knowledge base that will qualify you to take the CPA examination as well as the CISA certification exam.

  • Tax Option
    If you are interested in a successful career in tax consulting or corporate tax practice, this Option is for you. You will receive an education in the latest systems technologies that are necessary for tax consulting and corporate and governmental tax planning in today’s technological environment. This Option also provides you with a knowledge base that qualifies you to take the CPA examination.

For more information regarding each option, see the appropriate Plan of Study.

Students without prior collegiate studies in accounting and business administration can expect to spend at least two years in the Program.  For those who have fulfilled the background requirements (i.e., students who studied business, accounting or information systems as undergraduates), the Program can normally be completed in 12-18 months.

Our Alumni share why they chose the MACIS Program as well as their successes that are directly attributable to having earned their Master’s degree in Accounting and Information Systems in this video:

Admission & Application Information

Individuals applying to the MACIS Program can complete and submit their application electronically at the University’s Graduate School website.

The application deadlines for the MACIS Program are:

Semester Domestic International
October 15 October 1
Summer I March 1 March 1
Summer II March 1 March 1
Fall April 15 April 1

All applicants to the Graduate School at Virginia Tech must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.  Applications for admission to the MACIS Program are evaluated on the basis of previous academic work, scores on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT), two letters of reference and other factors having a bearing on the applicant’s potential for success in the MACIS Program.

Prospective applicants should take the GMAT as early as possible to ensure that their scores are available when the application for admission is submitted.  Students are expected to have an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale and a GMAT score of at least 520.  The GMAT can be waived for students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher with permission from the Director of the ACIS Department (note that the GMAT requirement is not waived by KPMG, regardless of GPA).

152-hour Program

For students who enroll as undergraduates and who are interested in becoming certified public accountants, we have a special 152-Hour Program that combines undergraduate and graduate course work.  This Program allows undergraduates to take all of the courses necessary to take the CPA examination and to earn both the Bachelor’s degree and the Master’s degree in Accounting and Information Systems in five years or less.

For more information regarding the MACIS Program and/or the 152-Hour Program, please contact our Graduate Coordinator at (540) 231-6592 or