Dual Degree: MBA and MSA

MBA/Master of Science in Accounting (MSA)

The MBA/MSA dual degree program allows MBA students to apply to the MSA program prior to completing their first year in their MBA program. With proper planning a student can receive both degrees in five academic semesters or two and one-half years of full time study. In order to accomplish this, interested MBA students should take ACCT 500A in the Spring of their first year. 

The MSA/MBA program requires a minimum of 18 accounting credits.  However, students interested in becoming licensed as a CPA will have to meet the accounting education requirements for their state/jurisdiction.  To become licensed as a CPA in Arizona, students are required to have 36 accounting credits (30 credits upper division and 6 credits lower division).  Please see the Arizona State Board of Accountancy for more information. 

The following Accounting prerequisite courses must be successfully completed as part of the dual degree program:

Course Course Title Taken During
ACCT 540
Introduction to Financial Accounting
Year 1 TBD
ACCT 545
Introduction to Managerial Accounting
Year 1 TBD
Intermediate Financial Accounting I
Year 1 Spring
Intermediate Financial Accounting II
Year 2 Fall
ACCT 520
Introduction to Federal Taxation
Year 2 Fall 


In addition to successfully completing the prerequisite courses, students must select 18 units from the following list of Accounting Core courses.

Course Course Title Usually Offered
ACCT 501
Advanced Accounting
ACCT 510
Advanced Cost Accounting
Selected Springs
ACCT 515
Accounting Ethics
ACCT 521
Business Law and the Search for Non-Obvious Liabilities
ACCT 522
Advanced Federal Taxation
ACCT 531
Principles of Auditing
ACCT 554
Financial Statement Analysis
ACCT 561
Accounting Information Systems
Accounting for Not-for-Profit Entities
ACCT 532I Audit Simulation Spring


For more information regarding the Dual MBA/MSA Degree please contact your MBA Program Coordinator and the Accounting Masters Program Coordinator at GradAcctPrograms@email.arizona.edu.