Online Master's in Accounting Admissions

Online Master's in Accounting Admissions


MSA Admission Eligibility Requirements

  • Four year bachelor's degree
  • 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Competitive GMAT / GRE score
    • GMAT / GRE waivers are available for qualified applicants. Please visit the "Applications and Supporting Materials" section below for more details. 

International applicants must also meet the following requirements:

Application Deadlines Based on Start Dates

The Online MSA has six start dates per year. The application deadline is approximately 3 – 4 weeks prior to each start:

August 1: Fall 1
October 1: Fall 2
December 5: Spring 1
February 15: Spring 2
April 15: Summer 1
June 15: Summer 2


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Prerequisite Courses

Based on educational background and work experience, online students may be required to start in the Online Certificate program to complete their prerequisites before they will be accepted into the OMSA program. All online students must have completed the Introductory Financial Accounting prerequisite before beginning their program; the other prerequisites can be taken at the University of Arizona as part of the Online Certificate program or may be satisfied by taking comparable courses at an acceptable accredited U.S. institution.

Introduction to Financial Accounting (ACCT 200) Introduction to Managerial Accounting (ACCT 210 or ACCT 545)
Intermediate Financial Accounting I (ACCT 400A/500A) Intermediate Financial Accounting II (ACCT 400B/500B)
Principles of Federal Taxation (ACCT 420/520)  



Beginning of January - beginning of March Beginning of March - beginning of May Beginning of May - beginning of July  Beginning of July - End of August End of August - End of October  End of October - end of December
Application deadline: December 5 Application deadline: February 15 Application deadline: April 15 Application deadline: June 15 Application deadline: August 1 Application deadline: October 1
ACCT 525 Accounting Theory and Institutions ACCT 501 Advanced Accounting ACCT 551 Financial Statement Analysis ACCT 575 Financial and Managerial Accounting in Healthcare ACCT 522 Advanced Taxation *ACCT 521 Business Law for Accountants
ACCT 545 Managerial/Cost Accounting - prerequisite ACCT 515 Ethics for Professional Accountants ACCT 500A Intermediate Financial Accounting I - prerequisite ACCT 500B Intermediate Financial Accounting II - prerequisite  ACCT 531 Principles of Auditing  ACCT 572A Accounting for Not-For-Profit Entities
      ACCT 520 Principles of Federal Taxation - prerequisite    
      ACCT 545 Managerial/Cost Accounting - prerequisite    

*Not recommended for students taking coursework to meet CPA accounting unit requirements



Applications and Supporting Materials

Applicants are reviewed by the faculty and administrators in the Dhaliwal-Reidy School of Accountancy based upon their whole application. After a review of an applicant's profile a recommendation decision is submitted to the Graduate College. The Graduate College then reviews the application and submits a final admission decision to the applicant. Please note your admission is not official until you receive notification from the Graduate College.

A completed MSA application includes :

  • Graduate College Application
    The UA Graduate College requires a fee to submit your application.
  • Unofficial transcripts 
    Unofficial transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended are required for your online application.
    • Note: Official transcripts will be requested by the UA Graduate College after admission. No official transcripts are required for the application.
  • GMAT score 
    A GMAT is required for all applicants who do not meet the waiver discussed below.
    • The UA Institution Code is 4832.
    • Note: There is no minimum score requirement for the GMAT. However, on average, applicants accepted into the program score between 500 and 700. 
  • Acceptable English proficiency test score (international applicants only)
  • One Letter of Recommendation

GMAT and Letter of Recommendation Waiver Qualifications

If you are a student majoring in accounting at the University of Arizona (UA), Arizona State University (ASU) or Northern Arizona University (NAU) or if you have earned your degree in accounting at UA, ASU or NAU within the last four years you may qualify for a GMAT and Letter of Recommendation Waiver. Students that have completed the Summer Accounting Emphasis Program at UA may also qualify for the waiver.

Criteria for Waiver: 

  1. The student is no more than one semester away from earning their undergraduate degree in accounting (or a non-Acct degree but has completed the UA Summer Accounting Emphasis Program) from UA, ASU or NAU or has earned their accounting degree from UA, ASU or NAU within the last four years AND 
  2. The student achieved an overall GPA of 3.2 or higher, including courses taken at all institutions attended and an upper division accounting GPA of 3.0 or higher at the time the application is reviewed by the Admissions Committee.

If you meet the following criteria above, you will not need to submit the following materials:

  • GMAT score
  • Letter of recommendation

GMAT Only Waiver: 

For other applicants, a waiver for the GMAT may be requested if you meet the following criteria:

  • A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.3 or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university AND
  • A major in Business, Math, Statistics or another STEM-designated program

Please note, you will still need to submit a letter of recommendation if you meet this GMAT waiver criteria.

Your Future is Calling

You’ve heard the “why.” If you think you’re a good fit, it’s time for the “how.” Let’s get you on the road to your Eller degree. Contact us or begin your application now:

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