Statistics published annually by the NASBA reveal that Gonzaga Master of Science in Taxation (MSTax) students consistently perform significantly above the national average on all sections of the Uniform CPA exam.

  • 71% of students passed the CPA exam on their first attempt compared to a national average under 50% (2016-2017 academic year) 

  • Ranked 33rd in the country for our first-time CPA pass rate (large programs)

  • Highest first-time CPA pass rate in the Northwest

Gonzaga takes a personalized approach to help students succeed on the CPA exam. We recognize that each student has a unique situation in life, which is why we don’t believe in a “one model fits all” approach. To help students succeed on the CPA exam, the Graduate Accounting Programs Director meets with each new student in the program to create a schedule for taking the different sections of the CPA exam based on their unique situation.

To sit for the CPA examination, Washington State requires candidates to obtain 150 semester credit hours of acceptable educational preparation. Gonzaga offers an MSTax degree tailored for students who desire to fulfill the 150-hour requirement and earn a graduate degree at the same time. The MSTax curriculum integrates material covered on the CPA examination, preparing students for success on the CPA and in their careers.