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Master of Accounting and Information Systems Options

The Master of Accounting and Information Systems (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 following prerequisite courses: one course each in principles of financial accounting, principles of management accounting, principles of macro- and micro-economics, calculus and matrices, business statistics, business law, principles of management, principles of marketing, principles of finance, fundamentals of management science, and business policy. There are several other prerequisite courses that are unique to the option chosen.

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 - ie., students who studied business, accounting, or information systems as undergraduates - the program can normally be completed in 12-18 months.

The Master of Accounting and Information Systems program requires the completion of 30 semester hours after all prerequisite courses are met. It is designed to provide graduates with specialized knowledge in one of four program options: information systems, audit, financial services, or tax. Students choose an option upon entering the program.

For more details about each master's program of study, see the appropriate checksheet available in Pamplin 3007. PMBA Student in Dr. Yardley's class.

Description of Options


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 give you a base of knowledge that will qualify you to take the CPA examination.

Financial Services

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. This option also provides you with a base of knowledge that qualifies you to take the CPA examination.

Information Systems

This option includes education in the latest database management techniques and system modeling approaches, and provides the Internet implementation experience necessary to practice systems development in today's technological environment. This option prepares students for information systems careers that are geared toward application systems development. A background in information systems at the undergraduate level is desirable but not required.


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 tecnologies that are necessary for tax consulting and corporate and governmental tax planning in today's technological environment. This option also provides you with a base knowledge that qualifies you to take the CPA examination.

For more details about each program of study, see the appropriate checksheet.

Admission & Application Information

Individuals applying to the regular master's program should go on-line at the University's Graduate School website.

The deadlines for applying to the Department are:

  Domestic International
Spring Nov 15 Oct 1
Summer I Mar 1 Mar 1
Summer II Mar 1 Mar 1
Fall Apr 15 Apr 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 Master's of Accounting and Information Systems 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 Master's program.

Prospective applicants should take the GMAT as early as possible in order that their scores are available when the application for admission is made. Students are expected to have an undergraduate grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale and a GMAT score of at least 520.

TOEFL Requirement for International Students

If English is not the prospective student's principal language, the student must obtain a score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of at least 620 paper-based or 105 Internet-based; and at least 50 on the Test of Spoken English (TSE).  This ensures adequate comprehension skills.  The Educational Testing Service offers both of these last examinations. 

The Department requires a copy of the TOEFL score even if you have a degree from an accredited anglophone university.

152-Hour Program

For already enrolled undergraduate ACIS students who are interested in becoming certified public accountants, we have a special 152-Hour Program that combines undergraduate and graduate course work.  The program allows undergraduates to take all the courses necessary to take the CPA examination and to receive both the Bachelor’s degree and the Master’s degree in Accounting and Information Systems upon completion of 152-hours of coursework.

Candidates for graduate degrees in Accounting and Information Systems are expected to maintain an average of at least B.