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About This Program

The MSU Denver Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAcc) program offers an accelerated road to an advanced accounting degree.

Consisting of 30 credits (no thesis), the MPAcc program not only gives you the education necessary to prepare for Colorado’s CPA exam, but it also provides a forum in which to develop expertise, hone your critical thinking abilities and enhance your communication skills. Courses in the MPAcc program are research-based, writing intensive and leadership and teamwork oriented. Plus, you can build on your education by participating in a service-learning course or professional internship.

MSU Denver’s rigorous graduate-level curriculum is designed to prepare you for the intense, demanding requirements and expectations of the accounting profession.

Benefits of Earning Your Degree at MSU Denver

Master of Professional Accountancy

  • Acquire the education necessary to prepare for Colorado’s CPA exam and other professional accounting certifications.
  • Make a great financial decision. MSU Denver is the value leader among MPAcc programs in Colorado.
  • Take classes at times convenient for working students. Most MSU Denver MPAcc classes are offered in the evenings one day a week.
  • Conduct academic research working with an Accounting faculty member.
  • Study with professors who have real-world experience. MSU Denver professors are experts in their areas and experience. Classes are kept small, so you can get one-on-one assistance and advice.
  • Gain job search assistance from MSU Denver’s C2 Hub (College to Career Hub), which brings companies and organizations to campus interested in recruiting MSU Denver students.

Facilities and Resources

Easily accessible by public transit, the MSU Denver campus is located steps away from Denver’s financial district as well as city, state and federal government offices, giving you easy access to internships, research, and professional opportunities.

Career Opportunities for Our Graduates

Many of our graduates parlay their degrees into leadership positions as controllers, accounting and finance directors, vice presidents or use their in-depth accounting backgrounds to start businesses of their own.

You can take your graduate Professional Accountancy degree from MSU Denver into a variety of careers in public accounting, business, and industry, government, nonprofits, higher education, healthcare, aerospace and more.

Here is a small sampling of where our MSU Denver MPAcc alumni work:

  • Armanino LLP 
  • Aurora Public Schools 
  • Barclays 
  • BDO
  • Bitsight 
  • Charles Schwab 
  • City and County of Denver
  • CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
  • CoBank 
  • Comcast 
  • Crowe 
  • Deloitte 
  • Denver Broncos Football Club
  • Department of Interior – Bureau of Land Management 
  • EY 

  • Gen II Fund Services 
  • Graebel Companies 
  • Grant Thornton LLP  
  • Internal Revenue Service 
  • Kundinger, Corder & Montoya 
  • Kurtz Fargo LLP 
  • NREL 
  • Ovintiv 
  • Plante Moran 
  • PwC 
  • Richey May & Co. 
  • UC Health 
  • United States Air Force 

Featured Faculty

Andrew HoltAndrew Holt

Professor Andrew Holt holds a Ph.D. in accounting from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has assisted the U.K.’s Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) with the development of a new professional Code of Practice on Service Charge Management and is the co-author of the text, “Business Accounting,” now in its third edition.


Our Internal Audit Projects class was runner-up for the Southwestern Business Deans’ Association Bobby G. Bizzell Innovative Achievement Award, which is given for addressing university business needs through service learning.

Program Accreditation

AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) Accredited Seal

The MSU Denver College of Business is AACSB-accredited, which places the College among the world’s 5 percent of business programs that hold this distinction.


Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAcc)

Connect with us!

Email: [email protected] 

Phone: 303-615-1111

Office Location:
Administration Building

5th floor – suite 500

Auraria Campus

Mailing Address: 
Department of Accounting
Campus Box 80
P.O. Box 173362
Denver, CO 80217-3362