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Master's Degree Programs in Accounting in Utah

There are universities across the state of Utah that offer master's degree programs for students who want to begin or advance their careers in accounting. This article compares the tuition rates, available concentrations, and admissions requirements for these programs.

University of Utah

At the University of Utah, accounting master's degree students can choose to complete their program part time or full time (with day and evening class options). The university offers specialization tracks in taxation, auditing, and managerial accounting. Students can also pursue accounting information systems tracks and earn a dual graduate certificate in information systems or business analytics.

Utah Valley University

The Master of Accountancy program at Utah Valley University prepares students to sit for the Utah Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination. Graduates are prepared to pursue entry-level positions as accountants or continue on to take the Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), or Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) examinations.

Westminster College

The Westminster College Master of Accountancy is a one-year program designed for students who graduated with a bachelor's degree in accounting but still need to meet the 150-credit-hour requirement to sit for the Certified Public Accountant exam. This is a full-time evening program, with students coming to campus 2-3 evenings each week.

Utah State University

Utah State University's Jon M. Huntsman School of Business offers a 30-credit-hour Master of Accounting program designed for students who already have a bachelor's degree in accounting. Students choose a specialization in professional accountancy, taxation, or personal financial planning.

Southern Utah University

Southern Utah University's Master of Accountancy program prides itself in flexibility. Students can choose to take 1-5 courses each semester, complete their coursework online or in-person, and take or skip summer classes. Students who do not have a bachelor's degree in accounting can catch up with the university's accountancy foundation courses.

Weber State University

The Master of Accounting program at Weber State University is a 2-semester program for students who already have a bachelor's degree in accounting. Students can choose to take evening classes and complete the program while maintaining a full-time job.

Brigham Young University

At Brigham Young University, qualified accounting students can start their master's degree in accounting while finishing their bachelor's degree. BYU also offers a stand-alone accounting master's degree for students who already have a bachelor's degree in accounting. Admitted students can choose to specialize in either professional accounting or taxation.

Dixie State University

The 30-credit-hour Master of Accountancy program at Dixie State University emphasizes new technologies and their impact on the ever-changing accounting industry. Students take courses in accounting ethics, financial accounting, business, auditing, tax research, laws and regulations, and financial modelling.

Western Governors University

Western Governors University is based in Salt Lake City and offers a one-year, 100% online Master of Science in Accounting degree program. Students design a personalized learning plan with a combination of courses in government and nonprofit accounting, managerial accounting, forensic accounting, financial accounting, taxation, auditing, and more.

University Programs Offered Graduate Tuition for Academic Year (2018-2019)*
University of Utah Master of Accounting In-state: $6,988
Out-of-state: $24,665
Utah Valley University Master of Accountancy In-state: $9,872
Out-of-state: $28,729
Westminster College Master of Accountancy$13,920
Utah State University Master of Accounting In-state: $5,808
Out-of-state: $20,327
Southern Utah University Master of Accountancy In-state: $7,574
Out-of-state: $23,784
Weber State University Master of Accounting In-state: $7,293
Out-of-state: $16,293
Brigham Young University Master of Accountancy$7,080
Dixie State University Master of Accountancy In-state: $7,200
Out-of-state: $18,000
Western Governors University Master of Science in Accounting$7,500

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

Admissions Requirements for an Accounting Master's Degree in Utah

To apply to one of Utah's master's degree programs in accounting, students must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited university. Some programs require students to have a bachelor's degree in accounting, while others offer a foundational course sequence for students who wish to move into accounting with a degree in an unrelated field. Many programs require students to send in GRE or GMAT test scores; however, these scores may be waived for students with a high GPA or relevant work experience. Applicants send in their official transcripts, letters of recommendation, and a statement of purpose/essay. International students from non-English speaking countries must submit TOEFL scores.

There are accounting master's degree programs available at universities across the state of Utah that prepare graduates to take the Certified Public Accountant exam. In some cases, these programs also offer students the opportunity to develop a specialization in taxation, professional accounting, auditing or another area of accounting practice.