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McIntire School of Commerce

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The McIntire School of Commerce offers the Master of Science in Accounting (MSAcc) and Master of Science in Management Informations Systems (MSMIS) as well as a joint degree in law (JD/MA or JD/MS). Regular programs bring distinguished speakers and visiting professors to campus.

Thirty total credits are required to complete the MSAcc, including 3 elective credits. Required courses for the MSAcc include:

  • Financial Theory
  • Managerial Theory
  • Accounting Policy

Business students may take relevant nonbusiness courses in other departments. The minimum time permitted to complete the master’s degree program attending full time is 1 year; maximum, 1 1/2 years. For students attending part time, the minimum is 2 years; maximum, 4 years.

In a recent year, there were 13 total full-time graduate business faculty, of whom 13% held a doctorate. Faculty salaries are rated well above average for Category I institutions, based on the AAUP rating system. Average number of courses faculty teach is 2; average business class size is 25.


A bachelor’s degree is required, along with a GPA of 3.0 and a GMAT score of 570. Most important admissions factors are GMAT results, grades in upper-level courses, and quality of undergraduate school. A strong mathematics background is not required.

The number of applicants for a recent class was 118; 83 were accepted; 58 enrolled. The average GPA was 3.3. Transfers are accepted. Minority students are actively recruited by Minority Career Days and mailings to minority schools.

Students may begin the MBA program in the fall and summer. To apply, students must submit an application form, a transcript, GMAT scores, and 2 letters of recommendation. Once accepted, students may defer admission. Check with the school for current application deadlines and fee.

Financial Aid

About 75% of graduate business school students receive financial aid from scholarships, loans, and graduate assistantships, for a total average of $7500 annually; maximum $12,000. The GAPSFAS or FAFSA and the previous year’s tax return are required.

Tuition for in-state residents is approximately $600 per credit, or $18,000 per year. Nonresidents pay $770 per credit, or $23,000 per year. Books and supplies cost approximately $2750 Graduate student housing consists of single dorms available on campus and graduate family housing available off campus. There is a referral service to help procure off-campus housing.


All of the current graduate business school class are enrolled full time; 24% have had an average of 2 years of full-time work experience prior to entering graduate school. The greatest percentage of students are from Virginia (65%). Thirty-three percent are women and 2% are minorities. The average age at entrance is 24; ages range from 22 to 40. Twenty-five percent enter directly from undergraduate school; 5% already have a graduate degree. Students’ undergraduate majors were as follows: 85%, business; 12%, liberal arts; 2%, economics; and 1%, engineering.

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