Top Graduate Accounting Degree Programs in Arizona

The next logical step for those who have an undergraduate accounting degree would be to pursue an Master of Accounting degree. Especially if they want to pursue a CPA certification. An advanced accounting degree will help meet the CPA exam requirements, but will also help attain specific professional career goals. The return on investment for a Master of Accounting degree is high. Those who graduate with an advanced degree will have better potential for career growth, a boost in salary, job security, and job satisfaction. Most programs are one to two years long and many of them have flexible programs. Students can choose from part-time to full-time programs depending on their personal situation.

An advance degree in accounting is not only for those with an accounting background but it is open to all students who wish to hone in on an specific area of business or make a career change. Accounting is everywhere.

To create our ranking of the best graduate accounting programs in Arizona, we gathered information from Public Accounting Report, Tax Talent and U.S. News and World Report. All the schools listed are accredited by the AACSB or the ACBSP. We have included in state tuition rates, but this only an estimate. Please contact the school for more information about their rates and program details. 

The University of Arizona is a public research university founded in 1885. They are the first Institute of Higher Learning in the Arizona Territory. Their campus is located in Tucson, Arizona. The University of Arizona has over 34,000 students enrolled in their 334 areas of study. They are ranked one of the Best Western Colleges by the Princeton Review. They are ranked one of the best colleges by U.S. News and World Report. They are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. 

The Eller College of Management is one of the largest colleges at the University of Arizona. They offer a Master of Accounting program with two tracks. Students can choose the Audit track or the Tax track, depending on their career goals. The program is 30 credit hours. Students will also need to take a comprehensive exam at the end of the program. Students from a variety of backgrounds can apply to this program. There are certain prerequisite courses they will need to take if they don't have an undergraduate accounting degree. Ellen is accredited by the AACSB. 

Tuition: $22,026

Founded in 1885, Arizona State University is a public research university located in Phoenix,Arizona. They have five campuses around the Phoenix area. By enrollment, they are the largest public university in the nation. Currently they have over 82,000 students enrolled in their undergraduate and graduate programs. U.S. News and World Report has ranked them #62 among public universities in the nation. 

The W.P. Carey School of Business is consistently ranked in the top 50 by the Wall Street Journal, Princeton Review, U.S. News and World Report, and Bloomberg Businessweek. Their excellent quality of education, great value and groundbreaking research has gained them recognition. They are accredited by the AACSB.

Their business school offers a nine month Master of Accounting and Master of Tax program. The program will prepare students with the technical skills and in-depth knowledge in accounting they will need to succeed.  Prerequisite courses are required to be considered for the MAcc program. Students who have taken undergraduate courses equivalent to prerequisites can have them waived. This program will satisfy the requirements need to sit for the CPA exam in Arizona and California.

Tuition: $24,800

Founded in 1899, Northern Arizona University is a public university. They have a campus in Flagstaff, Arizona and a branch campus in Yuma along with community campuses statewide. They have over 22,000 students enrolled in their main campus. They offer 151 undergraduate and graduate programs. They are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. 

The W.A. Franke College of Business is accredited by the AACSB, the premier accrediting agency for business schools around the world. They offer a MBA-ACC program that fulfills the 150 credit hour requirement needed to sit for the CPA exam. This program is designed for students with an undergraduate accounting degree. Those who have a non-accounting background should meet with their advisor before selecting this emphasis. Students will develop leadership, communication, interpersonal relations skills and a deeper knowledge of accounting through this MBA-ACC program.

Tuition: $18,428

Founded in 1949, Grand Canyon University is a  private, Christian Research institution.  They are the only for-profit institution to participate in the NCAA Division 1 athletics. Their campus is located in Phoenix, Arizona.  Their six colleges offer undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs. They originally started out as a non-profit organization but today they are a for profit university. They are recognized as a 2016 Best Colleges Tier 2 School by U.S. News and World Report. 

Grand Canyon offers an Master of Accounting and an MBA with an emphasis in accounting. Depending what the students career goals are will determine which program is right for them. Those who wish to prepare for the CPA exam and delve deeper into accounting theories and principles should choose the MSA program. Those who want an over understanding of business principles and accounting theories should choose the MBA program. The MSA program is 34 credit hours whereas the MBA program is 54 credit hours. The MSA program will take 18 months to complete and the MBA program will take 29 months. Both can be taken online or through evening courses. They are accredited by the ACBSP (Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs).

Tuition: $19,040