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MPAcc Non-Degree Seeking Option

Why Apply as a Non-Degree Seeking MPAcc Student?

The Non-Degree Seeking MPAcc Status is a great option for anyone who:

  • Missed the degree-seeking application deadline for the upcoming semester
  • Wants to see what the MSU Denver MPAcc experience is about and how going back to school may fit into their schedule before applying for the degree-seeking program
  • Intends to apply for the degree-seeking MPAcc program and wants to strengthen their application by demonstrating academic success in the MPAcc classroom
  • Plans to take just 1 – 3 graduate accounting courses to fulfill any remaining education requirements needed for a professional certification

MPAcc Non-Degree Seeking Admission Criteria

Non-degree seeking students have the option to take up to 9 credit hours of coursework (i.e., three courses) on a space available basis. Non-degree seeking students eligible to enroll in MPAcc courses include:

  • Students with a bachelor’s degree (or higher) from a regionally accredited college or university with a 3.0 GPA (cumulative or last 60 hours);
  • Students with a bachelor’s degree and approved professional examination or licensure;
  • Students currently admitted to a graduate business program at another regionally accredited college or university; and/or
  • Students with a bachelor’s degree (or higher) from a regionally accredited college or university with an admissions GMAT index score >1,000.

Please note: If you come from a non-business background, you should have experience with computer spreadsheet applications and database management (e.g. Microsoft Excel and Access). You should also have a working knowledge of the basic tools of business calculus.

If a non-degree seeking student would like to become degree-seeking, the student must apply to become degree-seeking and must have earned an average GPA of 3.0 or above in the MPAcc program courses they have completed. Please visit our Traditional MPAcc Program Admissions page for more information on how to apply as a degree-seeking student.

Students currently admitted to another graduate program at MSU Denver may take a limited number of MPAcc courses to fulfill their degree requirements. Applicants in this category must submit a letter from their dean or academic advisor stating that they are in good academic standing and that the requested business courses will be accepted for their graduate degree program.

Required documentation for all MPAcc Non-Degree Seeking Applicants

1. Submit and complete your online application by, or before, the application deadlines above, by submitting the following:

  • Fillable information about yourself
  • No application fee for domestic applicants until October 1, 2024!

2. Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended colleges or universities.

  • Applicants should send official, electronic transcripts to [email protected] from the issuing institution. Scanned copies, PDFs or photos sent by the applicant or any third party are not accepted.
  • MSU Denver official transcripts, or transcripts previously submitted to the university, do not need to be re-requested. The application system will acknowledge MSU Denver records and/or previously submitted transcripts 8-10 business days after the application is submitted.
  • International transcripts must also 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.
    • Applicants can view a full list of acceptable evaluation provider at
    • The evaluation company should provide the official evaluation to [email protected] at the applicant’s request.

3. Submit Proof of Completion of one of the following items:

  • Proof of bachelor’s degree (or higher) from a from a regionally accredited college or university with a GPA 3.0+ (cumulative or last 60 hours)
  • Proof of successful completion of the professional examination or licensure
  • Proof of successful admission to a graduate business program at another regionally accredited college or university

4. Submit Your detailed resume