Graduate Certificate in Accounting for Government Contracts

Support the specific needs of the $500 billion government contracting industry with a graduate certificate in accounting for government contracts from George Mason University. 

Learn how to implement federal acquisition regulation compliant accounting systems, create job cost reports and budgets, analyze indirect rate calculations and cost allocations, and facilitate internal control and federal audit compliance. 

Mason’s graduate certificate in accounting for government contracts, in partnership with Unanet, is an opportunity to acquire education in the field of government accounting with a federal government contracting emphasis. Courses in the certificate program will also help prepare you to sit for the Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM) exam sponsored by the Association of Government Accountants (AGA).  

Employers, whether government contractors or service providers of government contractors, have a significant need for employees with knowledge of acquisition regulations, project (cost) accounting, and the processes and systems required to remain compliant. Courses in this program will prepare you to meet that need and include the fundamentals of government contracting, auditing for government contracts, and how to adhere to the specific regulations required.  

Students who complete at least two accounting for government contracts certificate courses with grades of B or better will have their application requirements for our master’s in accounting program reduced, and certificate course credits can be applied towards your master’s in accounting degree requirements upon enrollment.  

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Virtual Format
Attend instructor-led courses from anywhere.
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Flexible Schedule
Complete the program in less than one year.
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12 Credits
Four courses structured in eight-week modules.
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Pathway to a Master's
This certificate can be applied to the master’s in accounting program.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of a graduate certificate?

Earning a graduate certificate offers several significant benefits that make them appealing to professionals seeking to further their education. Among the most important of these include:

  1. Maximize Your Time and Money
  2. Develop a Specific Skill Set
  3. Advance Your Career or Make a Career Change
  4. Preparation for a Graduate Degree

What are the eligibility and application requirements?

Eligibility Requirements   

Application Requirements

Fall Deadlines: 

  • Priority: February 1  

  • Standard: May 1 

  • Space Available: August 1 

Application Link: 

There is a $75.00 application fee. If you are a George Mason University School of Business alumni, please contact Kavon Williams at kwilli69@gmu.edu.  

College Transcript Requirement 

  • We require unofficial copies of your transcripts for application review. You can upload these to your online application. If admitted, you must submit official transcripts prior to the last day to add/drop courses in your first term. 

Current Resume 

  • Upload a copy of your current resume with your online application.

What can you tell me about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Mason?

Diversity is one of Mason's core values; everyone is welcome here. Mason was recently named the most diverse university in Virginia by U.S. News & World Report. To learn more about diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) at Mason, visit the university's DEI website. Visit this page to learn more about DEI at the School of Business.