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Accounting (MS) 
Program Description

The Master of Science in Accounting degree program is a graduate professional program designed to provide advanced, specialized training in accounting. The program requires 30 graduate units, with no fewer than 18 in the field of accounting from a variety of courses available through the department. The program allows for 12 units of elective material in the area of business including MIS, finance, and economics. Individualized programs of study are defined by the student and the adviser.


Department/Academic Unit(s)

Accounting -

The Department of Accounting offers the following degrees:

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.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Accounting is to:

  • Provide top quality accounting education programs and support services, including a focus on critical thinking and business ethics, that attract and graduate an excellent and diverse student body who enjoy productive and successful careers.
  • Conduct significant and selective scholarly research in accounting, and integrate it into our educational process. 
  • Encourage a collegial and supportive culture within the department, a respect and tolerance for people and their ideas, and an environment that supports success and the pursuit of excellence. 
  • Build mutually beneficial relationships with the business, government, and alumni communities in order to increase our value to our constituents and supplement our resource base.
College of Management  
Campuses where offered
Main Campus - Tucson UA Online  
Admissions Contact
Alexandra Marie Miller
Graduate Program Coordinator
Alexandra Marie Miller
Director of Graduate Studies
Jeffrey W Schatzberg
Graduate College Degree Counselor
Kristi Renee Davenport
Tuition and Fees
Please refer to the UA Bursar's Office Tuition and Fees Calculator for up-to-date information about tuition and fees. 
Please refer to the UA Registrar's's Office Special Course Fees for up-to-date information about special course fees. 

Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements
  • A minimum 3.0 GPA.
  • Proof of English Proficiency for some international candidates. TOEFL score of 85 internet based, 600 paper based, or IELTS composite score of 7 (with no subject area below a 6.5).
  • An acceptable GMAT score.
  • 2 short essays.
  • Resume.
Standardized Tests

Required test(s): GMAT, Proof of English Proficiency for some international candidates.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is limited for Masters candidates. Please refer to our website for financial aid opportunities.

Admissions Deadlines


  • Fall: February 1 (1st review), March 1 (2nd review), June 1 (international students)
  • Spring: October 1 (1st review), October 15 (international students)

The MSA Committee continues to accept applications on a rolling basis until program capacity has been reached. 

International Conditional Admission
International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.
Other Information
The GRE Institution Code for The University of Arizona is 4832

Degree Specifics

Degree Requirements

Minumum credits: 30
Minimum accounting credits: 18

Minor Requirements
The Academic Unit has not provided this information. 
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Last revised 24 Aug 2016