Graduates of the Master of Accountancy (MAcc) program at CSU's College of Business are well prepared to become Certified Public Accountants (CPAs). The program's unique blend of courses provides a wealth of practical job-related knowledge as well as in-depth topical coverage needed to successfully sit for the national Uniform CPA Examination. Use of a master’s program to prepare for the CPA exam greatly enhances your mobility as most states require 150 semester hours of education to be licensed.
The depth of our curriculum reflects the breadth of services performed by CPAs. The basic program consists of five core classes and five classes of electives allowing you to study areas such as financial reporting, auditing or taxation. Opting for the financial reporting and/or auditing electives will give you a sound preparation for public accounting, controllership, and corporate finance careers. If you are interested in a tax-related career, you can enroll in the specialization in taxation, which consists of five tax courses in addition to the core.
The MAcc program consists of 30 semester hours of coursework. It can be completed in one year of full-time study or two years of part-time study for additional flexibility.
Careers in Accounting
Most of our graduates become CPAs. Many work in the field of public accounting, typically with one of the Big Four international CPA firms. Others work for regional and local CPA firms in Denver, Northern Colorado and throughout the United States. CPA firms provide a wide range of business services including auditing, financial and tax planning, and consulting on information systems and a variety of other business matters.
Some of our graduates work in industry or government, often in corporate controllership functions. These positions may involve design and operation of accounting information systems, budgeting and forecasting, financial and managerial reporting and cash management.
CPAs often move into high-level management positions, and the MAcc at the College of Business helps pave the way.