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. 

In the program, you will be able to study general accountancy or specialize in one of three areas: taxation; data analytics and systems; and financial analysis, auditing, and reporting. These specializations let you focus your learning and prepare you to conduct targeted technical research and data analysis.

Throughout the program, you’ll work hand in hand with faculty and corporate, public accounting and nonprofit partners to find solutions to real-world business challenges. This experiential learning, combined with engaging classroom lectures, provides practical skills you can use on day one in your career. Mentoring, frequent guest speakers and regular interaction with advisory boards enhance the curriculum and provide valuable connections with industry experts.

Program at a Glance
Specializations: Taxation
Data Analytics and Systems
Financial Analysis, Auditing, and Reporting
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)
Degree awarded:

On diploma: Master of Accountancy
On transcript: Master of Accountancy, major in Accountancy with specialization in Taxation, or Data Analytics and Systems, or Financial Analysis, Auditing, and Reporting (specialization may not apply)

Common Schedules

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

General Accountancy - No Specialization (PDF)
Taxation Specialization (PDF)
Data Analytics & Systems Specialization (PDF)
Financial Analysis, Auditing & Reporting Specialization (PDF)

Courses

The courses below reflect the 2019-2020 Colorado State University catalog, published in August 2019 for students enrolling during the 2019-2020 academic year. Courses listed are updated each summer for incoming students.

Required Core (18 credits)
ACT 540
Professional Ethics and Responsibilities
Credits3
ACT 541
Forensic Accounting and Fraud Auditing
Credits3
ACT 550
Accounting Information Technologies
Credits3
ACT 561
Legal and Regulatory Issues in Accounting
Credits3
ACT 601A
Professional Practice: Taxation
Credits3
or ACT 601B
Professional Practice: Accounting
ACT 631
Corporate Taxation
Credits3
Select 12 credits from the following:
Credits12
ACT 570
Government and Nonprofit
ACT 575
Oil and Gas Accounting
ACT 612
Issues in Financial Reporting and Auditing
ACT 614
Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation
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
Information Systems Audit and Control
CIS 570
Business Intelligence
CIS 575
Applied Data Mining and Analytics in Business
CIS 600
Information Technology and Project Management
CIS 601
Enterprise Computing and Systems Integration
Program Total Credits:
Credits30

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. Always consult with an academic advisor to stay informed of curriculum details.