Admission Eligibility Requirements

Applicants to the Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) program, both online and in-person, must meet the following requirements:

  • 4-year Bachelor's Degree

    Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions are required. If you attended the University of Arizona, you are not required to send your UA official transcripts.
    Transcripts can be received electronically from all undergraduate and graduate institutions or mailed to:

    Masters Program Coordinator 
    School of Accountancy
    McClelland Hall 301 
    University of Arizona 
    PO Box 210108 
    Tucson , AZ 85721-0108

    International Applicants:  
    To view accepted international degrees please see the Graduate College website
    International Applicants that apply to the In-Person MSA program must also submit  a Financial Guarantee . International Applicants applying to the Online MSA program do not need to submit a Financial Guarantee. 

  • 3.0 GPA (4.0 scale)

  • An acceptable GMAT score

    There is no minimum score requirement; however, on average, applicants accepted into the MSA program score between 500 - 700. 

  • TOEFL score

    International Applicants:
    85 iBT (563 Paper-Based) or IELTS composite score of no lower than 7 with each subject no lower than 6
    Applies to international students whose native language is not English. 
    Please see English Proficiency Requirements for information about TOEFL, IELTS, and conditional acceptance options. 
    Please note that the MSA program has a higher minimum TOEFL score than the Graduate College.


Prerequisite Courses

There are certain prerequisite courses that applicants may need to complete prior to or during the program.  These courses can be completed as part of the In-Person MSA program, but must be completed prior to starting the Online MSA program.  Prerequisites may be satisfied by taking comparable courses at an acceptable accredited US institution.  

Course Number
Course Title
ACCT 200
Introduction to Financial Accounting (3 Units)
ACCT 210 Introduction to Managerial Accounting (3 Units)
ACCT 310
Cost Accounting (3 Units)
ACCT 400A/500A Intermediate Financial Accounting I (3 Units)
ACCT 400B/500B
Intermediate Financial Accounting II (3 Units)
ACCT 420/520 Principles of Federal Taxation (3 Units)



Application Process

Applicants are reviewed by the school 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 applications and submits a final admission decision to the applicant. Please note your admission is not official until you receive notification from the Graduate College.


Additional Admissions Resources


Please contact Janae Gregston, program coordinator, at with any application questions.