Grand Canyon University

M.S. in Accounting with an Emphasis in Tax Compliance and Planning


3300 W Camelback Rd

Phoenix, AZ 85017

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.S. in Accounting with an Emphasis in Tax Compliance and Planning

Format: Online

Program Description:

The Master of Science in Accounting with an Emphasis in Tax Compliance and Planning degree at Grand Canyon University (GCU) is an advanced degree that enhances theoretical and practical accounting skills for Certified Public Accountant (CPA) candidates.

This master’s in tax accounting emphasis program prepares you to take and successfully pass the CPA exam by teaching you material covered in the CPA Discipline of Tax Compliance and Planning (TCP). As a tax accounting degree emphasis student, you will enhance your understanding of tax compliance, research and planning techniques while applying skills in accounting, taxation and auditing.

Reinforce Your Foundations With Advanced Tax Accounting Theories and Practical Skills

In this master’s in tax accounting emphasis program, you will strengthen your foundation of knowledge of critical accounting and taxation principles while working to build on and further your learning. You will work to master course topics including:

    Research in accounting
    Data analytics
    Corporate taxes
    Flow-through entities

    CPA preparation (tax core, auditing and accounting information systems core, business analysis and reporting discipline)
    Financial planning for individuals and business owners

This tax compliance and planning degree emphasis at GCU prepares you to become a high-level taxation and accounting professional by providing you with the expertise you need to successfully pass the CPA exam and further your career in the field of taxation.

Benefits of Earning Your Tax Accounting Degree Emphasis

By completing a degree at GCU’s Colangelo College of Business, you’ll be learning material that is guided by an emphasis on conscious capitalism, a Christian worldview and our three guiding pillars: servant leadership, ethics and entrepreneurism.

This master’s in tax accounting also concludes with a capstone course. This capstone course summarizes the entirety of your degree program and gives you the opportunity to show what you’ve learned by completing a capstone project. In this project, you will review concepts and scenarios that are frequently found on the CPA exam.

GCU’s online master’s in accounting and tax compliance emphasis is designed to fit your lifestyle

In addition to the evening option, the master’s in tax accounting emphasis program at GCU is offered online. Being an online student at GCU means that you have access to online resources, support and flexibility while receiving a high-quality education. Online learning at GCU provides you with everything you need to successfully incorporate your studies into your life, so you can earn your degree without sacrificing what’s important to you.

Career Paths With an MS in Accounting and Tax Compliance Degree Emphasis

Graduates of the master’s in tax accounting degree emphasis program enhance their understanding of theoretical and practical accounting, preparing them to take the CPA exam.

Tax accounting degree graduates may go on to explore jobs such as:

    Accountants and auditors
    Budget analysts
    Financial examiners    

    Tax preparers
    Tax examiners and collectors and revenue agents

By covering two main competencies — CPA core and tax compliance and planning — graduates feel prepared to work in the tax practitioner, public accounting practitioner, research and education fields.

1 The earnings referenced were reported by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Accountants and Auditors as of May 2021, retrieved Feb. 23, 2023. Due to COVID-19, data from 2020 and 2021 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may also impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the BLS. BLS calculates the median using salaries of workers from across the country with varying levels of education and experience and does not reflect the earnings of GCU graduates as accountants and auditors. It does not reflect earnings of workers in one city or region of the country. It also does not reflect a typical entry-level salary. Median income is the statistical midpoint for the range of salaries in a specific occupation. It represents what you would earn if you were paid more money than half the workers in an occupation, and less than half the workers in an occupation. It may give you a basis to estimate what you might earn at some point if you enter this career. You may also wish to compare median salaries if you are considering more than one career path. Grand Canyon University can make no guarantees on individual graduates’ salaries as the employer the graduate chooses to apply to, and accept employment from, determines salary not only based on education, but also individual characteristics and skills and fit to that organization (among other categories) against a pool of candidates.


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Facts & Figures

Classification: Master's College or University I

Loans Offered: Perkins Loan, Stafford Student Loans, PLUS Loans, Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP) State Grant, Arizona Post-Secondary Education Voucher Program State Grant, Federal Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

Locale: Large City

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