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Our AACSB-accredited Master of Accountancy program reflects the breadth of knowledge you’ll need to sit for – and pass – the National Uniform CPA exam. You’ll leave the program with skills and confidence to secure competitive management positions and exciting accounting roles in public firms or in industry. The bottom line: Your expertise means professional accomplishment no matter where your professional journey takes you.

Courses for the Real World

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ACT540 Professional Ethics and Responsibilities

Ethical practice of professional accounting

ACT 541 Forensic Accounting and Fraud Auditing

Professional practices for addressing the related areas of forensic accounting and fraud

ACT 575 Oil and Gas Accounting

Specialized financial accounting procedures related to the oil and gas industry

ACT 622 Advanced Cost and Managerial Accounting

Contributions of cost accounting to decision making and planning

ACT 635 State and Local Taxation

Tax planning and compliance issues for entities doing business in multi-jurisdictional locales

ACT 636 Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders

Federal income tax principles and problems relating to reorganization, consolidation, and termination of corporations

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The Master of Accountancy is offered by the College of Business Department of Accounting.
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Important Dates
For all applicants, fall admission
5/13/2017, 3:00 PM - 5:15 PM

Congratulations to our Spring 2017 graduates!

Costs and Financial Support
The Master of Accountancy provides a wealth of practical job-related knowledge and the in-depth topical coverage you need to successfully sit for the national Uniform CPA Examination.

Colorado State University's Master of Accountancy is a 30-credit program offered on campus that provides a wealth of practical job-related knowledge and the in-depth topical coverage you need to successfully sit for the national Uniform CPA Examination.AACSB Accredited

Our curriculum reflects the breadth of services performed by CPAs. You will learn the skills you need to land accounting and management positions in a wide range of business services, including public accounting, auditing, financial and tax planning, and consulting on information systems. If you are interested in a tax-related career, you can enroll in the specialization in taxation. 

Program at a Glance
Delivery: Face to face
Location: Fort Collins, CO
Length: Two semesters
Start Date: August
Schedule: Classes two to five days a week, Monday–Friday
Credits: 30 (15 core, 15 elective)

Common Schedules

Here are some examples of common Master of Accountancy schedules. Once you're enrolled, our advising team can help tailor your electives to fit your career path.

taxation specialization (PDF)
data analytics & systems specialization (PDF)
financial analysis, auditing & reporting specialization (PDF)


The courses below reflect the 2016-2017 Colorado State University catalog, published in August 2016 for students enrolling during the 2016-2017 academic year. Courses listed are updated each summer for incoming students.

Required Core
ACT 540
Professional Ethics and Responsibilities
ACT 561
Legal and Regulatory Issues in Accounting
ACT 570
Government and Nonprofit
ACT 631
Corporate Taxation
Auditing Requirement
Select one course from the following:
ACT 541
Forensic Accounting and Fraud Auditing
ACT 601B
Professional Practice: Auditing
ACT 641
Contemporary Auditing
Selected Courses
Select a minimum of 15 credits from the following not taken above:
ACT 411
Advanced Accounting
ACT 541
Forensic Accounting and Fraud Auditing
ACT 601A
Professional Practice: Taxation*
ACT 601B
Professional Practice: Auditing
ACT 612
Contemporary Financial Accounting Issues
ACT 614
Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation
ACT 622
ACT 633
Flow-Through Entities*
ACT 635
State and Local Taxation*
ACT 636
Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders*
ACT 639
Special Topics in Taxation*
ACT 641
Contemporary Auditing
CIS 600
Information Technology and Project Management
CIS 601/MGT 601
Enterprise Computing and Systems Integration
FIN 475
International Business Finance
Program Total Credits

A minimum of 30 credits are required to complete this program.

This course listing is provided through the Colorado State University catalog and is updated each summer. New or modified courses offered for spring or summer may not be included, but you can find complete course information via the class schedule on RAMweb. Offerings are subject to change, and the University reserves the right to make changes in catalog information when necessary and to correct errors.

Every student is different. Your tuition and fees will reflect your student type and academic path.

We do our best to give you accurate estimates, but please email the Office of Financial Aid at to get the most precise information about your cost of attendance.

Financial Aid and Support

Grad school is an investment. We're here to help. The College of Business offers specific opportunities for graduate students to reduce college expenses.

Scholarships (PDF) Assistantships

Estimated 2016-2017 Tuition and Fees

Master of Accountancy, 30 credits

Resident   Nonresident   

Resident (typically 15 credits per semester)
  Semester1 Program2 (2 semesters)
Base tuition $4,814 $9,628
Graduate differential tuition3 $4,320 $8,640
General fees $832 $1,664
University facility fee $311 $622
University technology fee $25 $50
College technology fee $103 $206
Total $10,405 $20,810

Nonresident (typically 15 credits per semester)
  Semester1 Program2 (2 semesters)
Base tuition $11,802 $23,604
Graduate differential tuition3 $4,320 $8,640
General fees $832 $1,664
University facility fee $311 $622
University technology fee $25 $50
College technology fee $103 $206
Total $17,393 $34,785
1. Semester tuition estimates are based on typical fall and spring semesters.
2. Program tuition estimates account for a projected annual increase and fewer credits in summer.
3. Graduate differential tuition is $288 per credit hour and is subject to annual increases.

How We Calculate Tuition and Fees

The College of Business follows the University's graduate tuition guide and additionally charges graduate differential tuition. Graduate differential tuition helps support your student experience by enhancing classroom technology through innovation, hiring highly qualified faculty, and providing advising support, scholarships, highly equipped computer labs, and comprehensive career services.

Charges will vary, depending on the student’s actual registration, residency, and course of study. Additional University fees also may apply. Try out the University tuition and fees calculator to better understand how tuition and fees can change.

CSU reserves the right to change tuition rates without notice. Tuition rates – based on academic years – are subject to increase on an annual basis and subject to Board of Governor approval. All prices refer to U.S. currency.

All full fee-paying resident‐instruction graduate students automatically will be enrolled in and billed for CSU student health insurance. Premium information and instructions on applying for a waiver to opt out of the insurance are available for domestic students (PDF)  and international students (PDF)


Office of Financial Aid
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Important Dates
For all applicants, fall admission
5/13/2017, 3:00 PM - 5:15 PM

Congratulations to our Spring 2017 graduates!

When you're ready to apply to the College of Business Master of Accountancy, we're here to help. We want your application process to be smooth and successful, so please reach out to us.

Eligibility and Requirements

Master of Accountancy applicants generally must meet or exceed the following criteria:1

  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year institution in any field with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher
  • Prerequisite coursework totaling 33 semester hours, primarily in accounting but also economics, statistics, and finance
  • GMAT score of 600 or higher or a cumulative GRE score of 315 or waiver2
  • International applicants: Internet-based3 TOEFL score of 95 or higher, an IELTS score of 7.0 or higher, or a PTE score of 70 or higher
1. While we encourage our students to meet the minimum criteria, failure to meet one may be offset by strengths in other areas, as determined by the Graduate Program Committee.
2. Scores in the quantitative sections are especially significant. The test must have been taken within the past five years. If you take the GMAT or GRE more than once, only the top score is taken into consideration. You may request a waiver to the GMAT or GRE if you have six or more years of full-time professional experience, an earned graduate degree in another field, or have passed all four parts of the Uniform CPA Exam.
3. Other testing formats may be accepted. Please contact us for information.

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Application Deadline

For fall admission:
May 1 for all applicants
Please be aware that financial aid deadlines may occur before the application for admission deadlines.

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Application Process

The time it takes to complete the application process mostly depends on how long it takes you to gather your materials. Completing your portion quickly will allow us to give you a decision sooner. The information below should help you with the application process, but please contact us if you have any questions.

We accept applications for fall admission only. The application deadline for fall admission is May 1. We strongly suggest that you not wait until the deadline, but submit your application well in advance. Admissions are competitive and made on a rolling basis.

  1. Submit CSU Graduate School Application online
    • Visit to start your application.
    • Under "Select an application type," choose the term that you are applying to.
    • Under "Program," choose from: Accountancy (M.A.C.C.), Accountancy/Taxation (M.A.C.C.), Accountancy/Data Analytics and Systems (M.A.C.C.), or Accountancy/Financial Analysis, Auditing, and Reporting (M.A.C.C.).
    • Request/upload application materials directly to your online application and then submit.
      As soon as you have completed the required information, please submit your application. You do not need to wait for recommendations, scores, or transcripts to move your application forward.
  2. Pay the application fee

    Use a credit card to pay your application fee ($60 for domestic applicants, $70 for international applicants).

  3. Submit the online applicant data sheet

    Use your CSU ID number to complete and submit the College of Business applicant data sheet. After you submit your application online, you will receive a CSU ID number in approximately two to three days, unless you already have one (alumni and current students).

  4. Check your status

    We know you are eager to hear about your application status, so you can check it any time to make sure your application is complete or to keep an eye on updates. You will receive a confirmation email once your application is complete.



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