Cornell College has partnered with the Raymond A. Mason School of Business at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA to create an accelerated pathway for Cornell students to be accepted into the William and Mary one-year Master of Accounting degree program (W&M MAcc). This nationally ranked program welcomes students from Cornell College majoring in any area of economics and business. The purpose of the partnership is to streamline Cornell students’ pathway to admission, knowing that recommendation by Cornell’s department chair ensures acceptance.

For admission to the W&M MAcc program, Cornell College students will need to

  • Be nominated by the chair of the Economics and Business Department
  • Apply to W&M MAcc program your junior or senior year at Cornell
  • Maintain a cumulative college GPA of 3.25 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Develop a plan to complete the W&M Acc prerequisites through Cornell coursework, transfer courses, or MAcc boot camp summer intensive courses

You will receive the following benefits

  • A $10,000 scholarship from the W&M MAcc program (up to three awards each year)
  • You may qualify for additional merit scholarship funding
  • You will not have to take the GMAT or GRE to be admitted to the W&M MAcc program
  • You will not pay an application fee to the W&M MAcc program

What are the W&M MAcc prerequisites?

The following courses are required to qualify for admission into the W&M MAcc program, if you are not able to take all of the Cornell courses that fulfill these requirements you will have the option to take courses through summer intensive boot camps during the summer of your junior or senior year. The boot camp courses are not a part of your Cornell College or W&M MAcc tuition so you will incur additional costs for each course that you elect to take during boot camp.

W&M MAcc Requirement Cornell Course Suggested Year for Course
Statistics STA 201 first or second
Principles of Accounting ECB 151 first
Intermediate Cost Accounting ECB 253 second
Financial Accounting I Acadeum Partner course or W&M summer bootcamp third
Financial Accounting II Acadeum Partner course or W&M summer bootcamp third
Audit & Internal Controls Acadeum Partner course or W&M summer bootcamp fourth
Introduction to US Federal Income Tax Acadeum Partner course or W&M summer bootcamp fourth

If you’re interested in this program you’re strongly encouraged to work closely with the ECB department chair in addition to your academic advisor. The ECB chairperson and your advisor will help you develop a plan to complete your Cornell major, qualify you for the MAcc program, all within four years.

What are the advantages of pursuing a Master of Accounting degree?

The College of William and Mary is one of the oldest and most prestigious names in higher education. The W&M MAcc program graduates report a 96.1 placement rate upon graduation. 66% of those students find careers in accounting firms Deloitte, Ernst & Young (EY), PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), and Klynveld Peat Marwick Goerdeler (KPMG). Overall, graduates enjoy challenging careers with an average 5 year salary of $82,000 and a media starting salary of $69,000.

“Partnerships with Master’s degree programs are strong votes of confidence in the Cornell College experience. Universities are confident that our students are ready and prepared for advanced training. So much so that the process has been greatly simplified, with graduate admissions guaranteed for qualifying Cornell College students.” -- Santhi Hejeebu, Professor and Chair of Economics and Business

 What careers do MAcc graduates take on?

  • Fraud examiner
  • Financial controller
  • Public accountants

  • Corporate accountants

  • Financial analysts

  • Auditors

  • Acquisition and mergers experts

  • CFOs of Fortune 500 companies

  • Professors

Who will be a good fit for this accelerated Master of Accounting program?

If you’re excited about becoming an ethical business leader and are ready to demonstrate a strong work ethic, drive, maturity, integrity, and self-awareness, this program could be exactly what you’re looking for. Plus, attending W&M MAcc is a natural extension of your Cornell experience as the program emphasizes one-on-one career coaching, networking with future employers, and emphasizes interview practice for your future career. If you’re currently a student at Cornell, schedule a meeting with your academic advisor to discuss this exciting opportunity and how you can prepare for it. 

If you’re considering attending Cornell and want to learn more about this program, please let your admission counselor know and they can connect you with a faculty member who can answer your detailed questions.