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Non-Degree Program

The Non-Degree Program is for students who are interested in taking just a few classes, up to 9 credits of graduate-level courses, for continuing education, licensing, certification or other purposes.

Admissions Requirements and Application Packet Details

  1. Prerequisites:
    1. At a minimum, 12 credits of accounting coursework must be completed before you can start the program. Highly recommended are:
      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
    2. Although not necessary, other prerequisite courses may be necessary. The most common being:
      1. ACC 3090 Income Tax
      2. ACC 3300 Accounting Information Systems
      3. ACC 3400 Cost Accounting
      4. 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.
  2. Application Packet
    1. One of the following
      1. Official proof of earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university (see section 2.b. for submission details)
      2. Official proof of being admitted to a regionally accredited graduate program
      3. Official proof of approved certification/licensure or of passing scores for exams (for example, CPA; contact department for submission process) and bachelor’s degree
    2. Transcripts
      1. Transcripts from all universities or colleges, regardless of outcome, must be submitted.
      2. Transcripts must be sent directly from the issuing institutions (can be mailed, address below, or emailed to 
      3. MSU Denver official transcripts do not need to be requested.
      4. International transcripts must have an official English translation done by a certified translator and a professional course-by-course evaluation showing equivalency to a U.S. bachelor's degree. World Education Services ( or Education Credential Evaluators ( are recommended professional transcript evaluation service providers.
    3. Resume
    4. Graduate Admissions Applicationand $50 non-refundable fee
      1. Additional documentation is required for international students. Please visit the International Student Admissions webpage.


    Getting Admitted

        1. If applying with bachelor’s degree
          1. Admissions under this category is based on your GPA.
          2. We calculate an index score using this formula
            1. If your GPA is 3.0 or higher, you will be admitted on a space-available basis to the program.
            2. If your GPA is below a 3.0, you do not qualify to apply for the Non-Degree Program.
        2. If applying with proof of being admitted to another graduate program
          1. If you’ve been admitted to another regionally accredited graduate program, you will be admitted on a space-available basis to the program.
          2. Admissions under this category is based on the exams you’ve taken/cert you’ve been awarded and having a bachelor’s degree.
        3. If applying with exam or cert
          1. If you’ve been awarded a bachelor’s degree and have an approved certification/license or passed the exams for a cert/license, you will be admitted on a space-available basis to the program.
      Domestic Students
      Semester Packet Due GMAT Submission Deadline
      Spring First Monday in January 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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