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Frequently Asked Questions

Here is a list of frequently asked questions from prospective MPAcc students. If you have additional questions, please reach out to us at or 303-615-1117.

What is the difference between the Combined Degree and the MPAcc Program options?

  • The Traditional MPAcc Program is designed for students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree (or will have earned a bachelor’s degree by the time of admission to the MPAcc Program) from any 4-year accredited institution or U.S. equivalent.
  • The Combined Degree Program is designed for students admitted to MSU Denver who have not earned a bachelor’s degree. Upon completion of the Combined Degree Program, students will earn a bachelor's degree and master's degree.


Are day or evening classes available?

  • Currently, most courses are offered in the evenings from 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm, with the occasional afternoon course. All courses are offered one night per week.
  • However, as the program grows, more classes and times will be available. Check the current schedule for more information.


Are online classes available?

  • Please note, during COVID-19, all courses are currently online.
  • Typically, classes are all in-person as the program places a heavy emphasis on the development of written and oral communication skills, teamwork, and critical thinking skills. Students will take advantage of small class sizes and high peer and instructor contact.


How long does it take to complete the degree?

  • Students typically complete the degree in 1.5 - 2 years. 
    • Note: If you plan on working full time, or have other commitments, plan completing the program in 2 years or more.
  • All students are required to complete the degree within six (6) calendar years.


What is considered a full-time graduate student?

  • Students are considered full-time if they are registered for six (6) credit hours (or two classes) and part-time if they are registered for three (3) credit hours (or one class). 


How hard, or rigorus, is the MPAcc program?

  • As noted above, a full-time graduate student takes 6 credit hours (2 courses) versus a full-time undergraduate takes 12 credit hours (4 courses). It is important to note graduate courses are more rigorous than undergraduate courses as 2 graduate courses is the equivalent of 4 undergraduate courses. Additionally, MPAcc courses only meet once per week and typically have significant reading and writing loads.

  • Graduate courses are not structured in the same grading format as undergraduate courses. Grades are evaluated off different pieces of work versus the undergraduate structure is homework/test based. Graduate courses are discussion-based, they go in depth versus in breadth.  It is not always the letter grade faculty are looking for, they want to see how you logically or critically think about answers.

I am interested in the MPAcc Program at the MSU Denver. Can I make an appointment to talk with an admissions advisor? 


If I am accepted into the Combined Degree Program, can I receive my bachelor’s degree after completing the course requirements?  

  • No. The Combined Degree Program is a package deal: Students will receive both a bachelor's degree and the MPAcc degree when requirements for both degrees are completed.


If I am currently doing my bachelor’s degree of accountancy in another university, can I do the combined degree at MSU Denver?

  • No. The Combined Degree Program is only available to current MSU Denver undergraduate students.
  • If you are not pursuing an Accounting major or minor at MSU Denver currently, you should apply for the Traditional MPAcc program once you have earned your bachelor's degree.


Is there a GPA requirement for applying to the MPAcc Program?

  • We do not have a minimum GPA requirement. Past experience indicates that a 3.0 GPA or better is the common threshold for successful graduate-level students.  


Can I reapply to the MPAcc program if I wasn’t accepted previously? 

  • Yes. In order to increase your chances of acceptance, it's highly suggested you should either retake the GMAT or try to increase your GPA by retaking classes.

Is the GMAT (Graduate Management Admissions Test) required for admission?

  • Yes, the GMAT is required unless you meet our criteria to waive the GMAT. Please contact our team at or 303-615-1117 to learn more about our GMAT waiver options.
  • Please request your scores be reported directly to MSU Denver by using our school code: S51-6H-08.
  • It is recommended that you take the exam at least 20 days before the application deadline. As we want to ensure we receive your scores prior to the deadline.
  • There is no minimum score requirement, however your index score must be 1000 or higher to move your application through admissions. 
    • GMAT Index Score calculations:
      • GMAT + (GPA x 200) = 1200 or greater = Auto Acceptance
      • GMAT + (GPA x 200) = 1000 – 1199 = Committee Review
  • GRE scores are not accepted in place of the GMAT.


Can I take the GMAT online?

  • Yes. The GMAT is available both in-person at a testing center or online. For more information on both exams, visit the GMAT website


Do I still need to take the GMAT if I am an MSU Denver student?

  • Yes, unless you meet one of the other required documents or the GMAT waiver criteria. The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is required for all applicants. For more information on the documentation needed to complete your application, visit our Admissions page.
  • Most accredited graduate business degree programs will require the GMAT exam for acceptance into their programs.


What is the minimum GMAT required for applying to the MPAcc program? 

  • If your scores are below average, we still encourage you to apply. Regardless, we will calculate an index score to see if you have meet the minimum index score of 1000.
  • To improve your index score, you may want to consider retaking the GMAT.


When should I plan to take the GMAT?

What is the cost for the program?


Is financial aid available?

  • You can determine your eligibility for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at and following up with the financial aid department at 303-556-8593. Please visit the Office of Financial Aid's website for more information. 


Do you have any scholarships available?


I want to become a CPA. What are my next steps?


After graduating from the MPAcc program, will I be eligible to take the CPA exam? 

  • After you are accepted into the MPAcc Program, you will meet with an academic advisor for an initial advising appointment. Here you will discuss your career goals and long term academic plan. If your goal is to satisfy the requirements for the CPA exam, then you would tailor your academic plan so that you would be eligible by the time you completed the MPAcc Program.
  • Your educational background and the state in which you plan to sit for the exam will determine whether or not you will need to complete coursework above and beyond your MPAcc degree requirements in order to be eligible to sit for the CPA exam.
  • Please note that CPA exam eligibility requirements vary widely from state to state. For more information about Colorado eligibility, please visit the NASBA website


Are internships available?

  • The Classroom to Career (C2) Hub is dedicated to providing students the ability to pursue internships and/or experiential learning opportunities.
  • We are continually working to develop relationships with local businesses, professionals and government agencies to offer these services to graduate students. 
  • For internships and other opportunities, please check out the Career Services for Students page

Is the program open for international applicants? If it is, what are the requirements?

  • Yes! Both the Traditional MPAcc Program and Combined Degree Program are able to accept international students. 
  • For more information on the international student application process, please check out our International Student Support page.


Who can I talk to about F-1, F-2, I-94, and other international documentation?

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