Master of Science in Accounting

Grand Canyon University's Master of Science in Accounting program is designed to enhance theoretical and practical accounting skills for practitioners, researchers and educators. Those who wish to become CPAs and practice as accountants in the public or private sector, as well as those who wish to work in a management or leadership role in an accounting department may find this degree advantageous. Graduates may be prepared to sit for the CPA exam and current CPAs and accountants will be given the opportunity to advance their skills in theory, practice and research.

Coursework in the Master of Accounting degree focuses on advanced accounting, auditing and taxation practices in accordance with current rules and regulations. The principles and practices of financial accounting, as well as the fundamentals of managerial accounting, such as cost behavior and budgeting, will be studied. Students will examine why, when and how cost information is used to make effective decisions that lead a firm to success.

Students will explore the principles involved in auditing such as financial statement audits, the responsibilities of the external auditor, internal controls, the responsibilities and authority of the internal audit function, the types of audits and accounting ethics. In addition, advanced topics in financial accounting and reporting will be examined, including governmental, nonprofits, partnerships and the preparation of consolidated financial statements affected by mergers and acquisitions.

Program Disclosure

Category Non-Traditional Traditional
Books & Supplies (Per Program) $1,045 N/A
Tuition & Fees (Per Program) $28,050 N/A
Room & Board (Per Program, If Applicable) $3,285
On Time Graduation Rate 83% N/A
Median Private Loan Debt $0 N/A
Median TIV Loan Debt $31,478 N/A
Median Institutional Financing Plan Debt N/A N/A

Program SOC

Budget Analysts
Credit Analysts
Financial Examiners
Tax Examiners, Collectors, and Revenue Agents
Financial Quantitative Analysts
  1. It is the policy of the University to collect and remit sales, use, excise and/or gross receipts taxes in compliance with state and local taxing jurisdiction regulations which require the University to remit tax where applicable. These regulations vary by location. Please note: It is also the policy of the University to require payment of sales, use, excise, and/or gross receipts tax. Payment of tax is ultimately the student's financial responsibility to the University regardless of financing arrangements. Per Hawaii requirements: It is hereby stated that students residing in the State of Hawaii will be charged Hawaii General Excise Tax on all transactions. Students living in the District of Oahu will be charged 4.5%. Students residing in other Hawaii districts will be charged 4.0%.
  2. Book costs are based on an average. Costs may increase or decrease depending on electronic availability or publisher's book costs.
  3. Room and board costs may be higher or lower depending on housing and meal plan choice. This number is based on an average for students on campus.
  4. Some Non-Traditional programs may be offered on the ground campus or on-line.
  5. N/A identifies that a program is not offered in that modality or that fewer than 10 students graduated within the reported timeframe.
  6. Tuition and Fees for each program are based on current rates. Future Tuition and Fee Rates may vary. Tuition was calculated using the number of credit hours in the program times the current tuition rate and includes the Graduation Fee. Full time students enrolled at a program taken at the main campus include a Student Activity Fee, charged every semester. Online programs include a one time Learning Management Fee. Some programs may also include additional fees based on course materials.
  7. On-time graduation rates and median loan debt are based on students who graduated in the 2011-2012 award year.
  8. Not all GCU programs are available in all states and in all learning modalities.
  9. Program availability is contingent on student enrollment.

Online/Evening program disclosures

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.

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