Program Details

Master of Science in Accounting

Offered By: Colangelo College of Business
Next Start Date:
Program Now Enrolling
Approx. Course Length:
Online: 8 weeks [More Info]
Total Program Credits:
34 Credits
Transfer Credits:
Up to 12 credits or 1/3 of the program


Earn a Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) and Prepare for your CPA

Prepare for an advanced career in corporate or public accounting with Grand Canyon University's (GCU) Master of Science in Accounting. Offered by the Colangelo College of Business, this comprehensive graduate MSA degree program allows you to develop your skills in financial reporting, taxation and auditing while preparing for your Uniform CPA Examination. Designed for students with a bachelor’s in accounting, this accelerated path to learning offers a robust foundation that encourages legal and ethical practice for accountants and managers bound to policies of the Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) Act.

The Master of Science in Accounting looks at a broad range of accounting topics and principles, including the key fundamentals of public accounting practice, economics and marketing. Explore accounting research methodologies in addition to advanced managerial and cost accounting concepts. This accounting program culminates with advanced review of concepts typically included on the Uniform CPA Exam.

Degree Outcomes

Study Advanced Accounting Practices

The Master of Science in Accounting increases your understanding in areas of financial accounting and reporting affecting corporations, partnerships, nonprofits, government and international operations. Use active research and the application of quantitative methods that transform raw data into useful information.

The successful completion of the Uniform CPA Exam is a required step for achieving a CPA license from your state of residence or practice. In GCU's unique MSA degree program, several course hours are devoted to your preparation for the Uniform CPA Exam. You are strongly encouraged to sit for the test soon after graduation to maximize your potential for success.

What You Will Learn

Practical Coursework to take your Accounting Career to the Next Level

The Master of Science in Accounting explores a wide range of topics and learning objectives, including:

  • Accounting research methodology for exploring the FASB codification, Internal Revenue Service regulations and international financial reporting standards
  • Managerial accounting concepts and procedures for internal reporting, cost behavior analysis, systems development, budgeting and performance evaluation
  • Financial business decisions, including forecasting, development of pro-formas and management of working capital and fundraising
  • Taxation concepts including corporate, individual, estate and trust taxes
  • Auditing procedures and forensic accounting concepts
  • Leadership models and theories evaluated through a variety of insights and viewpoints
  • Foster and promote ethical and socially responsible business practices

Career Outcomes

Find a Career in Accounting

GCU's Master of Science in Accounting prepares you to compete for advanced management positions in corporate or public accounting. Common careers include chief financial officer, VP of accounting, staff accountant, senior accountant, accounting manager, Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and business executive.

Course List

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34 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
34 credits

Program Core Courses

Course Description

This course is designed to prepare students for the graduate learning experience at Grand Canyon University. Students have opportunities to develop and strengthen the skills necessary to succeed as graduate students in the College of Business. Emphasis is placed on utilizing the tools for graduate success.

Course Description

This course provides students with applied research experience using electronic databases to determine proper application of GAAP, IASs, and IFRSs to practical situations. Students develop the skills needed to access accounting, auditing, and taxation rules and regulations; company financial statements; and related industry data used for analyzing financial statements.

Course Description

This course provides students with an analysis of current practices and techniques used to design, install, operate, and manage an integrated accounting system in either a manual or a computerized setting. Application controls, information security requirements, and integration with other business information systems are examined.

Course Description

This course is focused on key managerial and cost accounting concepts and methods. Students examine why, when, and how cost information is used to make effective decisions that lead a firm to success. Prerequisite: ACC-502.

Course Description

This course gives students a robust legal and ethical framework that is crucial for accountants and managers under Sarbanes-Oxley. Using case studies that incorporate the principles of business law, the AICPA code, and other systems of ethics, students learn how a commitment to ethics can enable accounting professionals to meet their ethical obligations to all stakeholders.

Course Description

This course provides an overview of auditing concepts related to forensic accounting, the internal audit function, operational auditing, and auditing information systems. In addition, students will become familiar with fraudulent financial reporting and the prevention and detection of irregularities. Prerequisites: ACC-616, and BUS-623.

Course Description

This course is a study of the theory and practices of accounting for income taxes of corporations, partnerships, estates, and trusts. In addition, students will explore advanced tax planning concepts, including international tax implications. Prerequisites: ACC-616 and BUS-623.

Course Description

This course is an introduction to the Uniform CPA exam. It is designed to prepare students for the Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR) and the Auditing and Attestation (AUD) parts of the exam.

Course Description

This course is an introduction to the Uniform CPA exam. It is designed to prepare students for the Regulation (REG) and Business Environment and Concepts (BEC) parts of the exam.

Faculty Bios

Program Locations



Pursue a next-generation education with an online degree from Grand Canyon University. Earn your degree with convenience and flexibility with online courses that let you study anytime, anywhere. GCU offers the most experienced leadership in delivering online degree programs. Full-time faculty members and fully trained adjunct instructors, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Designed with the career-oriented professional in mind, our online classes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Choose from programs across our distinct colleges, in high-demand employment areas. Classes begin frequently.


Grand Canyon University’s evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals who prefer an in-person learning environment. Our night classes meet just once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom. Night classes are designed for a specific number of students, providing a warm and nurturing environment that supports an engaging experience. In an evening cohort, you will progress through your degree program with the same career-minded classmates, providing an opportunity to network and forge relationships that go beyond the classroom. Classes begin frequently at various locations, including our main campus.

* The Department of Education defines how an institution must calculate a program's On-Time Completion rate for federal disclosure purposes. The On-Time Completion rate is based on a program’s published required number of months to complete all degree requirements as provided in the institution’s catalog. Completion statistics are updated every January and are based on the cohort of students who graduated between 7/1 – 6/30 of the preceding year. The On-Time Completion rate is determined by the number of students in the cohort who completed the program within the published program length divided by the number of students in the cohort who graduated.

Online and Evening program disclosures

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