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Master of Science


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Credits Required: 30
Cost Per Credit: $1000
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Eller College of Management

Program Details

The Online Master of Science in Accounting program provides a path for working professionals and students to complete advanced coursework and prepare for or further a career in professional accounting while earning credit toward a CPA license. Students will take a total of 30 units of graduate-level coursework. This consists of 18 units of accounting courses and 12 units of selected online MBA and accounting electives, with courses starting six times each year. Both the Eller College of Management and the School of Accountancy are AACSB accredited, adding to the value of this degree.

To be eligible for the Online Master of Science in Accounting, students must possess a four-year bachelor's degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA and have completed accounting prerequisite courses.   

If you have not completed the necessary prerequisites, apply to our Online Accounting Graduate Certificate program, in which you can complete these courses. Once you have completed the prerequisites, you may apply to the online MSA program to complete your graduate degree.  The Certificate program is also a great place to start if your GPA is under 3.0.  The minimum GPA requirement for the Certificate program is 2.75.

For additional information, contact the master's program coordinator at GradAcctPrograms@arizona.edu.

This program leads to professional licensure. Licensure requirements vary by state. To see if our program meets, does not meet or if we are unable to make a determination on requirements, please review the program state licensure information via the Eligibility & State Authorization page.

*Residents of some U.S. Territories may not be eligible. Please see our Eligibility & State Authorization page for more information.


The curriculum for this program includes:

    ACCT 501: Advanced Accounting
    ACCT 572A: Accounting for Not-For-Profit Entities
    ACCT 515: Ethics for Professional Accountants
    ACCT 521: Business Law for Accountants
    ACCT 522 : Advanced Federal Taxation
    ACCT 525: Accounting Theory & Institutions
    ACCT 531 : Principles of Auditing
    ACCT 551: Financial Statement Analysis
    ACCT 575 : Financial & Managerial Accounting in Healthcare



    Earning your Master of Science in Accounting will build core skills, including:

    • Accounting
    • Principles & practices of finance
    • Auditing
    • Financial statements analysis
    • Invoicing
    • Accounts payable and recievable
    • Bookkeeping
    • Communication
    • Management
    • Customer service
    • Accounting software
    • Payroll systems

    Graduates of the the Online Master of Science in Accounting program will be prepared to pursue the following careers:

    • Bookkeeper
    • Accountant
    • Auditing Clerk
    • Financial Manager
    • Payroll or Timekeeping Clerk
    • Financial Specialist
    • Tax Examiner or Preparer
    • Credit Analyst
    • Budget Analyst
    • Branch Manager
    • Statistical Assistant
    • Brokerage Clerk
    • Payroll Specialist

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