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 CPA exam.

  • 72.3% first-time CPA pass rate (national average under 55%)
  • Ranked 21st in the country for our first-time CPA pass rate (large programs)
  • #1 first-time CPA pass rate in the Northwest

“We are pleased to see that Gonzaga students continue to perform well on the CPA exam,” stated Gary Weber, Director of Graduate Accounting Programs. “These results are a testament to the extraordinary effectiveness of the faculty who teach in our program and the outstanding Gonzaga students who excel in the classroom and beyond. This recognition is particularly gratifying because it reinforces our programs’ high quality and value, as recognized in this year’s U.S. News and World Report rankings.”

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. Through an integrated curriculum and support from faculty and advisors, we work with students to develop a customized CPA study plan to fit their unique needs and help them succeed on the exam. Our students typically pass 2-3 sections while they're in our graduate program, so they can finish the CPA over the summer and start their career with the CPA complete. Not only does this make life easier, it usually comes with a CPA bonus from the employer!

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

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CPA Exam Pass Rate #21 in Nation

Our 1st-time CPA pass rate of 72.3% across all sections of the exam is nearly 3 percentage points above the next best school in the NW and far above the national average under 55%.

Graduate Accounting Ranked #13

U.S. News & World Report ranks Gonzaga’s Graduate Accounting programs 13th in the nation.

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