What will I learn?

The Department of Accounting and Information Systems offers programs of graduate study leading to the degrees of Master of Accounting and Information Systems and Ph.D. in Business with concentration in Accounting and Information Systems.

The Master of Accounting and Information Systems Program (MACIS Program or Program) provides graduate level education for professional careers in accounting and information systems. It is especially appropriate for those individuals planning to become a CPA and enter professional accounting. For those planning to enter a Ph.D. program, the Program offers the necessary foundation.

The MACIS Program is open to students with a bachelor's degree in any discipline. For those who have fulfilled the background requirements, the Program consists of 30 semester hours and can normally be completed in 12 months of coursework. Students without prior collegiate studies in accounting, information systems, and/or business administration can expect to spend additional time in the Program completing prerequisites.

The MACIS Program offers five Options designed to prepare students for different types of careers: Accounting Analytics, Audit, Tax, Financial Services and Information Systems. Accounting Analytics provides students with a degree grounded in applying state-of-the-art analytics concepts, techniques, and software to help solve accounting and assurance problems. Audit prepares students to effectively practice as accountants or auditors within a company or public accounting firm, ranging in size from small to Fortune 500 companies and other large entities. Tax prepares students to provide tax return preparation and consultation services in the tax department of companies or large public accounting firms. It also prepares students to perform these services in smaller public accounting firms where they are likely to perform both audit and tax services. Financial Services provides students with an analytical perspective from which he/she can effectively examine key business decisions related to financial markets and institutions and advise clients accordingly. Finally, Information Systems prepares students to work within the Advisory Practice of a large professional services firm or in the information technology department within a company.

Which department am I in?

Pamplin College of Business

Study options

Full Time (12 months)

Tuition fees
US$14,207.50 per year
USD $14,207.50 for 9 or more credit hours (Fall and Spring Semesters).

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 March 2022

Start date

23 May 2022, 6 July 2022


Virginia Tech

925 Prices Fork Road,



24061, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have a minimum GPA: 3.0.

For international students

Admission to the Graduate School is contingent upon receipt of a four year (or 3 year degree recognized by the Bologna process) bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university and the presentation of evidence of potential to pursue graduate work.

Minimum GPA: 3.0

Testing Requirements:


Computer 260.0

iBT 105.0

A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required for admission.

Application Deadlines: Fall: Apr 15; Spring: Oct 01; Summer I: Mar 01; Summer II: Mar 01.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by this university

Virginia Tech offers below pathways courses for this subject

About Virginia Tech

The AdvantageVT program offers the ideal gateway for students who want to combine English language studies with course credits.

  • Ranked in the top 5% universities globally
  • Excellent pathway programs for international students
  • Over 110 undergraduate and 170 postgraduate programs
  • Education driven by innovative technology and research

Get in touch