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The MPAcc Program

The MSU Denver MPAcc program remains Denver's premier degree for a person interested in CPA certification, becoming a tax specialist, fighting crime with forensics and fraud awareness, or all of the above! Our thirty-credit program is offered through our AACSB-accredited and affordable College of Business. We designed this degree for working adults with evening classes once per week, and are hopeful that you will pursue professional opportunities as an MPAcc student.

Features of the MPAcc Program

  • Self-paced degree plans with evening classes designed for working professonials
  • Only 10 classes (30 credit hours) and no thesis
  • Courses in high demand areas: Financial Accounting, Fraud Examination and Forensics Accounting, Internal Auditing, and Taxation
  • One of the most affordable MPAcc programs in Colorado and beyond
  • Small class sizes for more one-on-one teacher interaction
  • Evening or afternoon class options
  • Experienced instructors with varied backgrounds in all types of accounting
  • A vibrant and diverse downtown campus that’s near the business district
  • Students from all educational and career backgrounds are encouraged to explore


The MPAcc degree gives you the opportunity to:

  • Refine your critical reasoning skills, leadership talents and your ability to work in a team
  • Develop an ethical basis to assist in adapting to today’s multifaceted business world and making complex decisions
  • Produce high quality, professional-level written and oral communications
  • Use technology applicable to the accounting field
  • Participate in service-learning, applied-learning, internships or get involved in other professional events
  • Do research and refine your presentation skills
  • Develop a sound foundation in regulatory and legal environments



Applicants to the MPAcc program must meet the following criteria prior to admission:

  • A complete bachelor's degree
  • Successful completion of Principles of Accounting I and II, Intermediate Accounting I, and Income Tax I
    • Courses at other colleges and universities may serve as equivalents
    • MPAcc students who lack an Intermediate Accounting II course will be required to complete ACC 3520 in the first year of the MPAcc program

MPAcc Program Pre-Requisites


    1. At a minimum, 12 credits of accounting coursework must be completed before you can start the program. 
      1. ACC 2010 Principles of Accounting I
      2. ACC 2020 Principles of Accounting II
      3. ACC 3510 Intermediate Accounting I
      4. ACC 3520 Intermediate Accounting II
      5. ACC 3090 Income Tax I
    2. Although not necessary, depending on your concentration in the MPAcc program and professional goals, other prerequisite courses may be necessary. The most common being:
      1. ACC 3300 Accounting Information Systems
      2. ACC 3400 Cost Accounting
      3. ACC 4200 Auditing
    3. If you come from a non-business background, you should have experience with computer spreadsheet applications and database management, e.g. Excel and Access.  You should also have a working knowledge of the basic tools of business calculus.

How to Enroll

    1. Submit a Non-Degree Seeking application online
      • The initial application will ask you to choose Bachelor's or Master's. Although you are not pursuing a bachelor's degree, please choose Bachelor's degree.

      • The application will ask "What type of program are you interested in?" - Select Prerequisites for a Graduate Program

      • The application will then ask "What is your planned area of study?" Select Prerequisites for MSU Denver's Master of Professional Accountancy

    2. Submit official transcripts from all previous colleges and universities to

Official proof of a complete bachelor's degree will complete your application. Applicants will then receive an acceptance letter detailing their next steps, and required prerequisites.

Once any Prerequisite MPAcc applicant enrolls in their final semester of prerequisites, they can apply to the MPAcc program. Applications are most competitive when the applicant has all prerequisites complete, but the MPAcc Admission Review Committee will review an application for anyone who is in their final semester of MPAcc prerequisites.

GMAT Waiver Eligibility for Prerequisites Applicants

The MPAcc Admission Committee will waive the GMAT requirement for any Prerequisite MPAcc applicants who earn an A in two of the three 3000-level prerequisite courses (ACC 3510, ACC 3520, and/or ACC 3090), and give automatic acceptance once the additional application requirements (online MPAcc application, transcripts, essay, resume and references) are submitted.

 How to Apply to the MPAcc Program

1. Submit the master's online application form 

  • A $50 nonrefundable application fee must be submitted in order for your application to be considered complete

2. Send official transcripts from all previous colleges and universities to

3. Attach a resume to the online application

  • Include three points of contact that can act as references for your graduate school-readiness

4. Attach a personal essay to the online application

The essay should address:

  • the significant factors influencing your decision to pursue a Master of Professional Accountancy degree;
  • your personal philosophy, values, and professional experiences;
  • your career plans and focus in the field of accounting;
  • your strengths, unique characteristics, and leadership experiences that are relevant to the accounting profession;
  • a time you were given critical feedback and your reaction;
  • why you believe MSU Denver’s MPAcc program is best suited for your educational and professional goals; and
  • how you will manage the rigorous demands of graduate education.

5. Submit an official GMAT score OR meet GMAT Waiver Criteria

Admission Criteria for GMAT Applicants

We calculate an index score using this formula: [(GPAx200) + GMAT]

  • If your index is 1200 or above, you will be automatically admitted to the program.
  • If your index is 1000-1199, your application packet will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.
  • If your index is below 1000, you do not qualify to apply.

A MSU Denver admission counselor will confirm via email once your GMAT scores are received by the MPAcc program.

Email to ask if you meet GMAT Waiver criteria



Domestic and International Students
Semester Packet Due GMAT Submission Deadline
Spring First Monday in October September 15
Summer First Monday in March February 15
Fall First Monday in June May 15
Register for the GMAT here 

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