Master of Accounting Program Overview, Tracks and Courses

Master of Accounting Program Overview, Tracks and Courses

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 count toward your CPA education requirements.


tracks of study:
audit and taxation


CPA exam pass rate for UA accounting students on the 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

The Curriculum

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 in 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.

Explore MAcc Tracks and Courses


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.