Credit hours: 30+ (possible prerequisites)
Online and evening class options
9:1 student-faculty ratio
Start terms: fall, spring, summer
Here, you’re more than a number.
Less than 2% of programs worldwide have CU Denver’s AACSB accounting accreditation. You’ll be a part of a diverse community of number-loving professionals who are ready to start or advance their careers in accounting. Your peers are motivated with most focusing on a goal of passing the CPA exam.
“Employers are noticing CU Denver, because we are right in the middle of everything. I think that gives us an advantage, because they do know where we went to school.”
– Amanda Pajonk '18
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Our MS in Accounting program is supported by an advisory council of top Denver accounting professionals. These minds come together to give you valuable networking experiences and to ensure our curriculum remains relevant. We offer small class sizes and a small student-faculty ratio. That means you’ll be able to develop close relationships with professors who care about your education.
For those students looking to change careers, we have additional coursework to get you up to speed on accounting and business fundamentals.
You'll have full access to our Business Career Connections team for life. With over 10 years of recruiting and advising experience, they'll help you navigate your way through the corporate recruiting process. Our connections to over 300 business partners provide exclusive opportunities to network with industry leaders. Their services include:
Our curriculum consists of 30 credit hours and is aligned with the US GAAP and international financial reporting standards and practices. We offer our courses target topics covered on the CPA exam, so you’ll be well-prepared when you sit for the exam.
If you have not had a formal accounting education, you will need to complete an additional six courses or 18 hours of prerequisite coursework to ensure you have a strong accounting and business foundation. Half of these hours are accounting prerequisites and the other half are the common body of knowledge coursework. This coursework does not need to be completed at the time of admission and can be waived based on previous academic coursework.
Core classes give you a strong foundation in all areas of accounting. Course topics include:
Electives allow you to dive deeper into the areas of accounting that are most relevant for your future career. Course topics include:
Supplement your accounting curriculum with coursework across other business disciplines such as:
Nearing the end of your degree plan, you'll take two capstone seminars in financial accounting and managerial accounting.
We offer our students the flexibility to focus on the area of study that best fits their career goals. Whether you want to expand your career as an external auditor in public accounting, an internal auditor in private accounting, a government auditor, or a tax consultant, you can choose a specialization that best fits your interests.
The auditing specialization prepares you to start or grow your career as an auditor in public, private, and governmental accounting. The curriculum teaches fraud examination and forensic accounting.
No matter if it’s a small family-owned business or a Fortune 500 company, every organization requires accountants to assist with accounting and financial services that are its backbone.
An in-demand skill set, this specialization will teach you the fundamentals of taxation and tax return preparation for individuals, corporations, and partnerships.
You’ll dive into topics like business process management and security and the strategies for integrating governance and compliance. This analytical specialization focuses on an organization’s financial and business intelligence services.
The cost of tuition for the MS Accounting degree is different for in-state and out-of-state students.
Residents of western states may qualify for in-state tuition. The Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP) requires that students maintain current residency of WRGP state until degree completion.
Scholarships are available for students. The Business School offers a recurring scholarship opportunity for applicants based on merit at the time of admission. You must have submitted your application by the priority deadline to be considered for this scholarship.
As a current student, you can apply for additional scholarships every semester. Some awards are based on program and course enrollment.
Dual degree options for Master of Science programs include all of our MBA programs and all Business School Master of Science programs. We design a specific degree plan so you get through both programs as quickly and cost-effectively as possible. The amount of credits in each dual degree depends on the amount of overlap between degree programs. Eligible Master of Science programs include:
If you are applying for both degrees, you will only need to submit one online application and pay one application fee. Be aware that you must meet specific admission standards for each degree.
Applicants are required to submit all application materials. Interviews are not a part of the admission process. To receive priority admission, we must have received your online application and all other required materials including transcripts and GMAT/GRE scores by the deadline.
You can check your admission status online through the account you created for the online application. You will receive a final decision by email within two to three weeks from submission of all materials.
The admissions committee considers each candidate’s entire record of achievement. This is demonstrated through:
No work experience or formal business education is required for admission. However, professional experience strengthens your application. Candidates with less work experience can show potential through academic and experiential success.
For any questions, please contact our admissions team at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 303-315-8200.
To meet the English Language Proficiency (ELP) criteria, you must either showcase your proficiency through past education in English instruction or an English Language Proficiency test. If you are a citizen of a country whose official language is English, you do not have to prove proficiency. See below for a listing of accepted countries.
To claim proficiency, you must complete one of the following criteria. Please note that test scores are valid for two years.
To be eligible for scholarships you must apply by the priority deadlines. Plan to submit materials early to expedite processing. Deadlines apply to all required documents. Please note that if you apply by the final deadlines many classes may be full.
Plan to submit materials early to expedite processing. Deadlines apply to all required documents. To be eligible for scholarships you must apply by the priority deadlines. Please note that if you apply by the final deadlines many classes may be full. Course offerings are limited for summer.
Our Business Career Connections team prepares you for the rigorous accounting recruitment cycle every fall semester. They bring in over a dozen top employers to campus, including every Big Four company.
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