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

  • 82.4% first-time CPA pass rate 
  • #10 first-time CPA pass rate in the country (large programs)
  • #1 first-time CPA pass rate on the west coast

“Once again, our students have shown that we have one of the top accounting programs in the country. Our students, faculty, and staff continue to do outstanding work,” said Ken Anderson, dean of the Gonzaga School of Business Administration. “These results, along with our recent successes in competitions and our high rankings in U.S. News and World Report, demonstrate the incredible value of a Gonzaga accounting education.”

To sit for the CPA examination, Washington state requires candidates to obtain 150 semester credit hours of acceptable educational preparation. Gonzaga offers both the M.Acc and MS.Tax degrees tailored for students who wish to satisfy the 150-hour requirement and earn a graduate degree to enhance their knowledge base and career opportunities. Both the M.Acc and MS.Tax curricula integrate material covered on the CPA examination, further preparing students for success.

CPA Exam Pass Rate #10 in Nation

Our 1st-time CPA pass rate of 82.4% is 10th best in the nation (large programs) and #1 on the West Coast.

Graduate Accounting Ranked #28

U.S. News & World Report ranks Gonzaga’s Graduate Accounting as the 28th best in the nation, a testament to our remarkable students and faculty.

How to Apply

Students may be admitted to the program prior to the start of any term. Learn more about how to apply!