Graduate Program: Accounting

General Information


Accounting (MS)

Program Description

The Master of Science in Accounting degree program is a graduate professional program designed to provide advanced, specialized training in accounting. The program requires 30 graduate units, with no fewer than 18 in the field of accounting from a variety of courses available through the school. The program allows for 12 units of elective material in the area of business including business analytics, MIS & information security, finance, healthcare management, and marketing. Individualized programs of study are defined by the student and the adviser.

Questions regarding admissions should be directed to the Accounting Graduate Program Coordinator: GradAcctPrograms@email.colorado.edu


Department/Academic Unit(s)

The School of Accountancy offers the following programs:

These programs prepare students for careers such as the independent practice of public accounting, controllership, and general accounting management. 

Graduate work in accounting is offered for those who strive for a stronger background in business and accounting, and for those who wish to teach in colleges and universities.

Mission Statement

The mission of the School of Accountancy is to:

  • Provide top quality accounting education programs and support services, including a focus on critical thinking and business ethics, that attract and graduate an excellent and diverse student body who enjoy productive and successful careers.
  • Conduct significant and selective scholarly research in accounting, and integrate it into our educational process. 
  • Encourage a collegial and supportive culture within the school, a respect and tolerance for people and their ideas, and an environment that supports success and the pursuit of excellence. 
  • Build mutually beneficial relationships with the business, government, and alumni communities in order to increase our value to our constituents and supplement our resource base.


Eller College of Management

Campus where offered

Tuition and Fees

Please refer to the CHU Office Tuition and Fees Calculator for up-to-date information about tuition and fees.

Please refer to the CHU Office Special Course Fees for up-to-date information about special course fees.

Completion Requirements
Admissions Information

Minimum Credit Units (33)

Core Coursework Requirements

Students in the MSA program must complete at least 18 units of graduate accounting coursework and up to 12 units of non-accounting electives.  A minimum 3.0 GPA is required in the program, with no course grades below a C.

Students must choose a minimum of 9 of their accounting units from the following core courses:

  • ACCT 501 Advanced Accounting, 3 units
  • ACCT 521 Business Law, 3 units
  • ACCT 522 Advanced Federal Taxation, 3 units
  • ACCT 531 Principles of Auditing, 3 units
  • ACCT 554 Financial Statement Analysis, 3 units (not available online)

Students must choose an additional 9 units from the courses above or below:

  • ACCT/MIS 514 Information Technology Audit, 3 units
  • ACCT 515 Ethics for Professional Accountants, 3 units
  • ACCT 525 Accounting Theory & Institutions, 3 units
  • ACCT 530 Forensic & Investigative Accounting, 3 units (not available online)
  • ACCT 532 Audit Simulation, 3 units (not available online)
  • ACCT 561* Accounting Information Systems, 3 units (not available online)
  • ACCT 562ABC Technology for Accountants and IFRS, 3 units (not available online)
  • ACCT 572A* Accounting for Not-for-Profit Entities, 3 units
  • ACCT 575 Healthcare Accounting, 3 units (not available in-person)
  • ACCT 580 Communication Skills for Accountants, 3 units (not available online)

*Classes may only be taken if not previously taken in undergraduate studies


Additional Requirements

See required coursework

Student Handbook

Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.

Admissions Requirements

We do not accept terminal masters, all applications must be for the PhD program

Standardized Tests

Required test(s): GRE

Funding Opportunities

The Academic Unit has not provided this information.

Funding Opportunities

Domestic & International Applicants

Fall:December 15th

International Conditional Admission

International applicants will not be considered for conditional admission by this program.

Other Information

The GRE Institution Code for The Colorado Heights University is 4832

Last revised 06 Oct 2020