Build your expertise. Master your craft.
The Master of Accounting program is designed to help you hone your expertise in financial accounting, auditing and taxation.
The immersive, full-time program can be completed in as little as nine months. And because we want to help you make the most of your time, your coursework will prepare you for the CPA exam and also counts toward your CPA education requirements.
tracks of study:
audit and taxation
CPA exam pass rate for UA accounting students on first attempt (compared to the overall national pass rate of 53%)
months to complete your degree
What You’ll Learn
Pursue one of two tracks—Audit or Tax—and gain in-depth training in financial accounting, auditing and/or taxation
Audit track students will cover advanced accounting, federal taxation, principles of auditing, audit simulation, audit information systems and even communication skills for the accounting professional—as well as several elective options ranging from Forensic & Investigative Accounting to Accounting for Not-for-profit Entities
Tax track students will cover subjects including corporate taxation, technology for accountants, tax research, and taxation of real estate transactions—plus elective options such as business law, estates and trusts, federal tax policy and state and local taxation
In either track, you’ll prepare for the CPA exam and gain technical competency training essential to becoming a licensed CPA
As a student in the Master of Accounting program, you’ll complete 30 credits of immersive study in advanced financial, auditing and tax accounting.
You’ll have the option to specialize your degree by choosing from two tracks of study: audit and taxation.
In addition, the program is designed to prepare you for the CPA exam.
Professional Licensure Disclosure
To become a CPA, you must be declared eligible for the examination by the Board of Accountancy in the jurisdiction you desire to become licensed in. According to the Arizona State Board of Accountancy, to sit for the CPA exam, you must present satisfactory evidence that you have successfully obtained a baccalaureate or a higher degree from an accredited institution or a college or university that maintains standards comparable to those of an accredited institution. The evidence must show (1) at least 24 semester hours of non-duplicative accounting courses of which 12 semester hours are upper level courses, and (2) shall also include at least 18 semester hours in related courses. Completion of a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Accounting will satisfy the requirements to sit for the CPA exam in Arizona.
Completing the Master of Science in Accounting or the Master of Accounting, including the 15 credit hours of prerequisites, can meet the accounting course academic requirements for licensing in the state of Arizona. Applicants would still be required to meet the 30 semester hours of related course work for licensing. We have not assessed whether our program achieves the licensing requirements in other states.
For further information and a list of state professional licensing boards please visit: http://nasba.org/stateboards/