The Master of Accounting degree program is a graduate professional program designed to provide advanced, specialized training in accounting and tax accounting. The program requires 30 graduate units, with no fewer than 24 in the field of accounting from a variety of courses available through the School of Accountancy. Individualized programs of study are defined by the student and the adviser.
The MAcc program has two tracks of study: Audit and Tax.
Questions regarding admissions should be directed to the Accounting Graduate Program Coordinator: GradAcctPrograms@email.arizona.edu
The School of Accountancy offers the following programs:
These programs prepare students for careers such as the independent practice of public accounting, controllership, and general accounting management.
Graduate work in accounting is offered for those who strive for a stronger background in business and accounting, and for those who wish to teach in colleges and universities.
The mission of the School of Accountancy is to:
Eller College of Management
University of Arizona - Main - Tucson
GMAT & Letter of Recommendation Waiver
If you are a University of Arizona, Arizona State, or Northern Arizona University student majoring in accounting, you may qualify for a requirements waiver. The criteria are as follows:
If you meet the criteria above, you will not need to submit the following materials:
GMAT Only Waiver
For other applicants, a waiver for the GMAT may be requested if you meet the following criteria:
Please note, you will still need to submit a letter of recommendation if you meet this GMAT waiver criteria.
The following prerequisite courses should be completed prior to starting the MAcc program and may be satisfied by taking comparable courses at an acceptable accredited institution. All prerequisites must be taken at an institution that teaches United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and U.S. taxation.
If you have not completed these prereqsuites, consider applying to the Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) program which allows you to complete prerequisites during the program.
English proficiency scores for international applicants as required by the UA Graduate College.
Please refer to our website for detailed information about financial aid, scholarships, and teaching assistantships: https://eller.arizona.edu/programs/masters/accounting/master-of-accounting/roi/funding
Financial Aid: Many students choose to take out a loan to pay for all or part of the costs associated with attending the Master in Accounting program. Eligibility for loans and scholarships is determined by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form available on line at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa. Many funds are limited, so those students who have their FAFSA completed by March 1st each academic year receive priority processing. Applicants must have been admitted to the MAcc program before The University of Arizona Office of Student Financial Aid(OSFA) will make financial aid awards. Graduate students must be enrolled at least halftime in order to receive federal loans.
School of Accountancy Scholarship: Scholarship for in-person MAcc students are available on a limited basis. See our webpage for more information: https://eller.arizona.edu/programs/masters/accounting/master-of-accounting/roi/funding#scholarship
Teaching Assistantships: Teaching assistantships are offered on a semester by semester basis to students enrolled in the Master of Accounting program at the University of Arizona. These positions involve working with professors teaching undergraduate accounting courses and providing overall support to School of Accountancy programs. Positions are limited and will be provided to applicants who are most qualified. Qualifications include GPA, GMAT score, recommendations from professors, demonstration of skill in the courses for which you are seeking a TA position, and other qualitative factors. To be considered for a TA position, students must apply to the MAcc program by the TA consideration deadline of March 1 (fall semester) or October 1 (spring semester). Applicants should indicate on the application that they want to be considered for a TA position.
Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0. If at any time the GPA drops, they lose their assistantship. Students will be required to work 10 hours per week on average (at .25 FTE). Accepting a TA position indicates that you agree to not hold an outside job during the regular semester. All TA’s must attend a mandatory training session before classes start. Benefits for TAs include an out-of-state tuition waiver, 50% in-state tuition waiver, medical insurance, and a stipend.
Aside from the strict TA consideration deadlines and international application deadlines indicated above, the admissions committee continues to accept applications on a rolling basis until program capacity has been reached.
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
ETS Major Field Code(s) for this program:
Students in the MAcc program select from the Audit track or Tax track. Both require a minimum of 24 units of accounting coursework and 6 elective units for 30 total program units. A minimum 3.0 GPA is required in the program.
The following nine courses (27 credits) are required for the Audit Track:
*If you have taken ACCT 461 Accounting Info Systems or an equivalent course as a undergraduate student, you will not be permitted to take ACCT 561 as a graduate student. You must substitute an approved accounting elective from the list below instead.
The following eight courses (24 credits) are required for the Tax Track:
Audit Track students will choose three units of electives, either from the accounting electives listed below or an approved related business course.
*If you have taken ACCT 451 or 472A as an undergraduate at the University of Arizona, you will not be permitted to take ACCT 551 or 572A respectively as a graduate student.
The most common non-ACCT electives taken by audit track students are as follows:
Tax Track students must pick six units of electives from the following courses (or other approved ACCT, LAW, or related business courses).
A MAcc exam is required to be taken and passed by every student in order to graduate. It is a comprehensive exam covering materials learned throughout the program. This exam is typically held in the last semester of the program.
The test consists of 2 components:
*Students who do not pass the exam on the first try will be given one retake opportunity.
School of Accountancy Academic Integrity Policy
The accounting profession is built on a foundation of integrity and ethics. As such, we strive to prepare Accounting professionals who will succeed in demanding and competitive business environments with skill and integrity. The School of Accountancy’s Academic Integrity Policy exists to provide faculty and students a guide to our standards of ethical conduct and to the penalties associated with their violation. Our success in promoting a culture of honesty and respect will depend on the extent to which all members of the Eller community embrace these standards, holding themselves and those with whom they work accountable to them in their daily actions and words.
All members of the School of Accountancy are expected to know the University of Arizona Academic Integrity Policy's content and implications. Lack of familiarity with the policy will not excuse integrity violations. Complete information about the Code of Academic Integrity can be reviewed at http://deanofstudents.arizona.edu/codeofacademicintegrity.
The School of Accountancy has a zero tolerance policy related to academic integrity violations. Students found to have violated this policy will be removed from the accounting graduate program. In addition to being removed from the School of Accountancy program, students could receive a failing grade, notation on their transcript, and could face removal from the Eller College. Faculty members are responsible for describing rules specific to their classes beyond the general policy and will determine the additional penalties for violations.
Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.
|Application Acceptance Rate||62.5%|
|Avg. Time-to-degree (years)||1.38|
|Enrollment Percent Male||48.39%|
|Enrollment Percent Female||51.61%|
|Enrollment Percent International||5.38%|
|Enrollment Percent URM||25.81%|