Frequently Asked Questions

As you prepare your application for the Master of Accounting program, you may have questions very similar to those of other applicants. Below are answers to a list of commonly asked questions.

If you need additional assistance, please contact us.


General Admissions Topics

Will the MAcc program allow me to meet the Arizona CPA educational requirement?

Yes, the Master of Accounting program will give you the opportunity to earn the 36 credits of accounting required to meet the CPA educational requirement in Arizona. Please see the Arizona State Board of Accountancy for more information.

Students without a business or accounting undergrad may need to take additional business related classes to fulfill the CPA educational requirement in Arizona.

What is the typical program length?

The Master of Accounting program is a 30 unit program (not including pre-requisites, if applicable), with no less than 18 units of accounting. Therefore, if a student that already completed the pre-requisites were to take 15 units per semester (as most do), the program length would be one year.

What are the costs associated with the program?

The estimated costs of the program will vary depending on how many semesters a student plans to be enrolled, how many units per semester the student is planning to take, and whether the student is an in-state, out-of-state, or international student. For an estimated cost of attendance (please note, tuition will be different than that presented on this webpage), please click here. For additional information on specific tuition fees for the Master of Accounting program, please visit the Bursar Office for a breakdown of the MAcc program fees.

How long do I have to complete the program?

All requirements for a graduate certificate must be completed within 6 years. Time-to-degree begins with the earliest coursework to be applied toward the degree including any credits transferred from other institutions. Work more than 6 years old is not accepted toward meeting certificate requirements.

Can I transfer graduate coursework I have earned at another university?

The MAcc program allows transferred graduate coursework. However, there are a number of restrictions:

  • Coursework taken more than two years prior to admission cannot be transferred
  • Not more than 6 credits may transfer
  • The transferred coursework must have a grade of A or B
  • Correspondence courses or extension work from other institutions will not be accepted for graduate credit

Please see the Graduate College for more information.

What is the average GPA, GMAT score, work experience, and TOEFL score?

You may learn more about applicants accepted in prior semesters by visiting the Class Profiles page.

Is work experience required for admission into the program?

Work experience, accounting-related or otherwise, is not required to be considered for admission.

What form of financial aid does the University of Arizona offer?

Please see the scholarship page for information about different financial aid offered by the University of Arizona. 

For international students, United States government backed loans are not available and the Accounting Department typically does not offer financial aid to international students.

Do I have to reapply to the MAcc program even though I was previously admitted?

Even though you were accepted into our program earlier, you must reapply to get into the program unless you have worked out an arrangement with the Masters Program and Outreach Coordinator.

May I take 500 level accounting classes before I am admitted to the Master of Accounting program?

Unfortunately, only Master of Accounting students may take graduate level accounting courses. Non-degree seeking graduate students may not take 500 level accounting classes*

*500 level pre-requisites may be taken the summer prior to admission.

Are there a minimum number of required credit hours per semester?

Students may enroll in a minimum of 3 units, unless they are holding teaching or research assistantships/associateships, in which case the minimum enrollment is 6 units. For more information regarding minimum enrollment, click here.

According to the International Student Programs and Services Department, you need to take a minimum of 9 credit hours (as a graduate student) to maintain your full time F1 status. If you need an exemption, you may view a list of possible exemptions for full-time enrollment here.

Do I have to reapply to the MAcc program even though I was previously admitted?

Even though you were accepted into our program earlier, you must reapply to get into the program unless you have worked out an arrangement with the Masters Program and Outreach Coordinator.

May I take 500 level accounting classes before I am admitted to the Master of Accounting program?

Unfortunately, only Master of Accounting students may take graduate level accounting courses. Non-degree seeking graduate students may not take 500 level accounting classes*

*500 level pre-requisites may be taken the summer prior to admission.

Are there a minimum number of required credit hours per semester?

Students may enroll in a minimum of 3 units, unless they are holding teaching or research assistantships/associateships, in which case the minimum enrollment is 6 units. For more information regarding minimum enrollment, click here.

According to the International Student Programs and Services Department, you need to take a minimum of 9 credit hours (as a graduate student) to maintain your full time F1 status. If you need an exemption, you may view a list of possible exemptions for full-time enrollment here.


Prerequisites

What prerequisites are necessary to enter the program?

Please see the Requirements web page for the list of the five required prerequisites courses. Graduate Tuition rates will apply for all 500 level classes. Tuition rates for Acct 200 and Acct 210 will be determined based on your choice of enrollment.

Do I have to complete the prerequisites before being accepted into the MAcc program?

Acct 200 and Acct 210 must be completed or in progress when you apply to the program.

You may still be admitted into the program as a provisional student if you have not completed Acct 500A, Acct 500B, and Acct 520. These prerequisite courses may be taken after being admitted.

Can I take the prerequisites at another school?

Prerequisites may be satisfied by taking comparable courses at an acceptable accredited institution. Please visit the Eller Undergraduates Program's webpage for information about transferring credits and transfer course evaluation.

Can I transfer ACCT101 and ACCT 102 from Pima?

Yes, ACCT101 and ACCT102 at Pima is equivalent to ACCT 200 and ACCT 210 at U of A, respectively. Students are strongly encouraged to complete at least ACCT 210 at U of A.

Can I take all of the prerequisites during the summer session?

You will not be able to take all the prerequisites for the program in the summer. You are encouraged to take what you can though, especially ACCT 200 and ACCT 210.


Application Topics 

Do I have to apply online for both the University of Arizona Graduate College and the Department of Accounting?

No there is one application for both the Graduate College and the Department of Accounting. Please see the Apply Now webpage for the links for the online applications.  

Do I need to re-complete my Domicile Affidavit even though I attended the U of A?

Even if you were classified as an Arizona resident during your undergraduate career at the University of Arizona, you are required to submit a Domicile Affidavit to the Graduate College to ensure that you receive resident tuition rates for graduate school. Download the form here.

Can I submit an application that is missing my GMAT score or other information?

For matters, such as not taking the GMAT or not having information available, you may submit an incomplete application. Please note that even though your application has been submitted, you will still be responsible for getting the incomplete information to the Masters of Accounting Program Coordinators as soon as it becomes available.

What are the materials required for the application process?

University of Arizona Undergraduate Accounting Majors

If you are a University of Arizona student majoring in accounting, you may qualify for a requirements waiver during your application process to the MAcc program.

Criteria for Requirements Waiver:

1. The student is one semester away from earning their undergraduate degree in Accounting at the University of Arizona or has earned their Accounting degree from the University of Arizona within the past 12 months AND

2. The student achieved an overall GPA of 3.2 (or higher) and an upper division accounting GPA of 3.0 (or higher) at the time when the application is submitted.

If you meet the following criteria above, you will not need to submit the following materials:

  • GMAT Score
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Essays
  • Resume

Qualifying applicants must submit the following materials to the MAcc Program Coordinator at the Department of Accounting:

  • Official transcripts from any other institutions attended (the department still needs official, sealed transcripts from the University of Arizona as well as official sealed transcripts from all other educational institutions attended since high school)

Qualifying applicants must also submit the following materials to the Graduate College:

PLEASE NOTE: Our application process has changed and only one application is required for both the Graduate College and the Accounting Department.

All Other Applicants

Applicants who do not meet the waiver criteria above must submit the following materials to the MAcc Program Coordinator at the Department of Accounting:

  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions. If you attended the University of Arizona, you are still required to send your UofA official transcripts.*
  • Official GMAT scores (Institution Code 4229)
    The GMAT is required for EVERYONE. You may not substitute a GRE or LSAT score. You also may not substitute work experience, credentials (CPA, etc) or any other consideration in lieu of the GMAT.
    Note: there is no minimum score requirement for the GMAT. Please review the Class Profiles to see the range of scores accepted in prior semesters.
  • Official TOEFL scores (international students only)
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (these can be submitted online through the Online Application)

Applicants must also submit the following materials to the Graduate College:

* If you are admitted to the Master of Accounting program, the Accounting Department will forward your transcripts to the Graduate College.

PLEASE NOTE: Our application process has changed and only one application is required for both the Graduate College and the Accounting Department.

Where do I send my supporting materials (financial guarantee, GMAT...)?

Graduate College

All supporting material to be sent to the graduate college may be mailed to:

University of Arizona
Graduate College Admissions
Administration 322
PO Box 210066
Tucson, AZ 85721-0066

Department of Accounting

Official transcripts from all universities attended for college credit (including transcripts from the University of Arizona, if applicable) and other necessary supporting materials should be mailed to:

Master of Accounting Program Coordinator
Department of Accounting
McClelland Hall 301
University of Arizona
1130 E. Helen Street
PO Box 210108
Tucson, AZ 85721-0108

If you are admitted to the Master of Accounting program, the Accounting Department will forward your transcripts to the Graduate College.

The letters of recommendation, essays, and resume are submitted online when completing the Graduate College Application.

How do the letters of recommendation work?

When completing the Graduate College application , you need to include at least two reference writers (unless you qualify for a waiver).
 
For each reference writer, you will be asked to input their personal information, phone number, email and address. You will then be able to access the reference forms with instructions for the letters of reference to give to each writer. You will have the option to have your reference writer submit their recommendation online or you may print the reference form and have your reference writer mail it in. Free form letters accompanying the reference form are also acceptable.

Note: Letters of recommendation are not required if you qualify for the waiver.

What are the topics of the three short essays?

When completing the online application, you will be asked to submit three separate essays answering department specific questions as part of your application.

The three required essay questions are as follows:

  1. Why are you pursuing a degree in accounting at this time?
  2. What are your career objectives as they relate to graduate study in accounting?
  3. What information would be helpful to the admissions committee in considering your application for admission?

Essays should be about 250 words each. There is no specific format for these essays, but rather the Admission's Committee is simply interested in knowing a little more about you.

Note: Essays are not required if you qualify for the waiver.

What pre-requisites are necessary to enter the program?

Please see the Requirements web page for the list of the five required prerequisite courses. Graduate Tuition rates will apply for all 500 level classes. Tuition rates for Acct 200 and Acct 210 will be determined based on your choice of enrollment.

Where can I download forms?

On the graduate college website, there is a central location for a majority of the forms necessary once you are in the program and a few others that you may need before you enter. These forms can be accessed at https://grad.arizona.edu/forms/.

On this page, you will find both forms that can be accessed without logging in and others that require you to log in with your UA Net ID.


International Applicants

Where may I find information regarding the application process for international students?

Information for international applications may be found here.

Which English proficiency examinations are accepted?

All international applicants must submit their TOEFL score (please refer to the Admission Information by Home Country to see if the TOEFL is required) to the Department of Accounting. You will select to forward your TOEFL score when you complete the exam.

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination can be submitted in lieu of the TOEFL. The minimum IELTS score requirement for admissions consideration is a score of 7, with a score of no less than 6.5 on any individual module.

In the case of both the TOEFL and the IELTS, test scores must be dated within two years of the date of enrollment.

Also, in the case of both the TOEFL and the IELTS, a student's official scores will be sent directly to The University of Arizona if you request it on your application form. For TOEFL, you are asked to enter the The University of Arizona institution code which is 4832. The IELTS requires that you include the university's address:

Graduate Admissions
Administration Bldg. Room 322
P.O. Box 210066
University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona 85721, USA.

Please visit the Graduate College Proficiency in English page for more information regarding TOEFL and IELTS exams.

Requirements for entrance are listed below:

  • Applicants must submit a minimum TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 85 internet based (iBT), 600 paper based (PB), or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) composite score of 7 (no subject area below a 6.5).
  • Test scores must not be more than 2 years old

For a comparison of how the iBT scores compare to the CBT and Paper-Based TOEFL exams, please click here.

Am I required to take the TOEFL?

This will depend upon the student’s home country and if the student qualifies for an exemption. Please click here to see if the TOEFL is required. Please click here to see if you qualify for an exemption from the TOEFL.

If my Bachelor's Degree was from a three-year program then what other requirements are necessary for me to fulfill the four-year Bachelor's Degree requirement?

In cases where a 3 year degree is held, then the student must hold either a 2 year Master's degree or a 1 year Post-Graduate Diploma in the same field as the Bachelor's degree.

As long as the Post-Graduate Diploma received is from an accredited university/institution, there is no requirement as to how it was administered (i.e. nights/weekends/correspondence, etc.)

Any further evaluation would require that the student submit an application.


GMAT

What is the GMAT? How do I take it?

The following is directly from the GMAC website:
The Graduate Management Admission Test® (GMAT®) examination is a standardized test designed to measure basic verbal, mathematical, and analytical writing skills that have been developed over a long period of time through education and work. It does NOT measure—

    • knowledge of business
    • job skills
    • specific content in undergraduate or first university course work
    • subjective qualities such as motivation, creativity, and interpersonal skills
    • abilities in any other specific subject area

To learn more or set up an exam appointment, please visit http://www.gmac.com.

Is the GMAT required for all applicants?

The GMAT is required for everyone who does not qualify for the requirements waiver. There are no alternatives, such as classes or any sort of paperwork that may defer this necessity. You may not substitute a GRE or LSAT score. You also may not substitute work experience, credentials (CPA, etc) or any other consideration in lieu of the GMAT.

A suggestion would be to take a review course for the GMAT or to use GMAT exam prep material, which may be offered online, on CD, or in text book form.

Is there a minimum GMAT score requirement?

We do not have a minimum requirement for the GMAT as applications are weighed as a whole. If you would like to see how your GMAT score compares to the scores of those who were accepted into the program in prior semesters, please see the Class Profiles.

Can I take the GMAT more than once?

If you didn't score as well as you liked on the GMAT, we highly encourage that you take it again. Applicants who take the GMAT more than once are not looked down upon or graded negatively. Also, we accept your highest GMAT score so if you don't feel like you did your best the first time, it can only be to your benefit to retake the GMAT.

How long are my GMAT scores valid?

GMAT scores, even if high enough, are only valid for a period of 5 years after your test date. If it has been more than five years, you must retake the GMAT and receive an acceptable score to enter the MAcc program.