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Accounting program

Accounting, MS

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The online Master of Science in Accounting program from the CU Denver Business School offers an unparalleled learning experience focused on the intricacies of accounting.

Our program stands out as one of a select number of accounting programs worldwide, and the only online Master's in Accounting in Colorado with AACSB Accounting accreditation. Our program is recognized as definitive preparation for building a lasting career as a leader at the forefront of accounting and business.

In addition to providing a world-class advanced accounting education, our online Master’s in Accounting is designed to prepare you to pass your CPA exam. You’ll graduate with the specific knowledge and skillset required to become a leader in accounting and finance.


Program Details

As an online MS in Accounting student, you’ll become part of a diverse group of analytical professionals who are ready to meet the growing needs of our accounting and business community. Your peers are motivated individuals, with most focusing on a goal of passing the CPA exam. Our courses cover essential topics in accounting, such as auditing theory, federal income tax, and accounting ethics.

With CU Online you will have the opportunity to earn your MS in Accounting degree in as few as 24 months, and you’ll leave the program with the confidence and knowledge you need to pass your CPA exam and create a lasting career.

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 the opportunity to develop close relationships with professors who care about your education and your future.

If you are looking to change careers and did not study accounting in your undergraduate degree, we offer additional coursework to get you up to speed on accounting and business fundamentals.

Employers Recognize the University of Colorado

"There are several reasons why the firm continues to recruit at CU Denver, but one of the best is the students have diversity not only in race and gender but also in balancing their lives. The opportunity to be able to recruit a mix of traditional and non-traditional students have been a huge benefit to help us diversify the culture at our firm. Traits we consistently see amongst CU Denver students are a strong work ethic, good time management, professionalism, and strong communication skills. We look forward to continuing to recruit top candidates from the Business School!"

– Accounting Firm HR Manager

Tuition and Fees

Investing in your future is a big decision. However, becoming a fully online student at the University of Colorado is a high-quality and affordable option for learners of all types. Tuition and fees are based largely on the degree program you enroll in.

The tuition amount assessed is determined based on which University of Colorado campus, school, or college is offering your degree program, as well as if it is at the undergrad or graduate level, and finally your resident status. Visit our tuition and financial aid page for more information.

Financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify.

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Our curriculum consists of 30 credit hours and is aligned with the US GAAP and international financial reporting standards and practices. We offer courses targeting the specific topics covered on the CPA exam, so you’ll be well-prepared when you're ready to sit for the exam.

Accounting Prerequisite Coursework (9 hours)

If you have not had a formal accounting education, you will need to complete an additional 9 hours of prerequisite coursework to ensure you have a strong accounting foundation. This coursework does not need to be completed at the time of admission and can be waived based on previous academic coursework.

Core Classes (24 hours)

Core classes give you a strong foundation in all areas of accounting.

Course topics include:

  • Auditing theory
  • Advanced financial accounting
  • Accounting information systems
  • Accounting ethics
  • Taxation of business entities
  • Seminar: Financial Accounting
  • Seminar: Managerial Accounting
  • Seminar: Auditing and other assurance services
Accounting Electives (6 hours)

Electives allow you to dive deeper into the areas of accounting that are most relevant for your future career.

Course topics include:

  • Accounting for government and nonprofits
  • International accounting
  • Advanced corporate taxation
  • Fraud auditing


Admission requirements and deadlines vary based on program. In addition, you will have different requirements depending on if you are a first time student, a transfer student, or an international student.

Learn more about the admissions process by filling out the form above or contacting an Enrollment Navigator today.