UMW College of Business Expands Graduate Pathways through Partnership with W&M’s Raymond A. Mason School of Business

The logo for The Raymond A. Mason School of Business at William & Mary.

Students in the University of Mary Washington’s College of Business now have a direct route to a residential Master of Accounting (MAcc) program or residential Master of Science in Business Analytics (MSBA) program, both through The Raymond A. Mason School of Business at William & Mary. Each master’s program may be completed in as little as one year.

Ken Machande, the interim dean of the University of Mary Washington’s College of Business, recently commented, “This partnership between the Mason School of Business at the College of William and Mary and UMW’s College of Business provides students with a clearly defined pathway for our students to be admitted to one of the finest graduate programs in the United States. At the Mason School, students will pursue studies in the ‘in demand’ fields of Accountancy or Business Analytics. This agreement can and will change the career trajectories of our students.”

Photo is of the front of The Raymond A. Mason School of Business at William & Mary. It is a two-story brick building with lights on inside.

Alan B. Miller Hall, Mason School of Business on the campus of William and Mary, Location: Williamsburg VA, Architect: Robert A.M. Stern Architects

Students must be nominated by UMW and if they complete the application by Feb. 15, receive guaranteed financial support. This support includes scholarships totaling $7,500 for in-state students and $10,000 for out-of-state students for the academic year, discounts for summer credit-bearing prerequisite courses, and an opportunity to compete for additional scholarships and/or graduate assistantships.

The application fee is waived as part of the nomination. Students applying for fall admission after February 15 will be considered for scholarships if funds are still available.

In creating the pathway, the two AACSB-accredited (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) programs have created a seamless step for undergraduate business students to pursue graduate school. Both programs are STEM designated and committed to providing state-of-the-art education related to data analytics.

Both programs also have dedicated student services teams, with UMW Career Center and Professional Development and W&M Graduate Career Management Center committed to assisting students develop their resumes, prepare for interviews and negotiate employment package. Graduates will join the alumni ranks of two of Virginia’s preeminent public universities.

The MAcc and MSBA programs seek to recruit and admit candidates who exhibit high achievement in academics and a strong desire to build careers based on principled achievement. Ideal candidates for these programs demonstrate the potential to succeed in professional services careers and exhibit a strong work ethic, drive, maturity, integrity, and self-awareness.

In addition to the nomination by UMW, students must have:

  • Minimum 3.25 GPA (or equivalent)
  • Plan to complete MAcc/MSBA prerequisites, which may be completed at Mary Washington, or at Mason during the summer prior to the start of the program, or be obtained from other institutions.


Dr. Chris Garcia, Associate Dean,, 540-654-1456, Woodard Hall, room 225