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)
  • No GRE/GMAT Requirement

International applicants must also meet the following requirements:

For University of Arizona international undergraduates looking to continue their education in an Eller Graduate program—June 1 is your final application deadline.

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.

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

Accounting Course Schedule

Spring I Spring II Summer I Summer II Fall I Fall II
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 500B Intermediate Financial Accounting II - prerequisite    ACCT 520 Principles of Federal Taxation - prerequisite ACCT 500A Intermediate Financial Accounting I - 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.
  • Acceptable English proficiency test score (international applicants only)
  • One Letter of Recommendation

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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