MSA Admissions

Admission Requirements for the Master of Science in Accounting (MSA)

The Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) degree is designed for students with an undergraduate degree in accounting or in business with an emphasis in accounting. Admission to the program is based on the following:

1. Undergraduate degree.
A four-year undergraduate degree in accounting or business from a regionally accredited institution, including successful completion of the following pre-requisite courses or their equivalents*. Successful applicants will generally have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, particularly in their upper division classes and accounting coursework.

Prerequisite Course Name

UCCS Course Number

Intermediate Accounting I

ACCT 3010

Intermediate Accounting II

ACCT 3020

Cost Accounting

ACCT 3110

Individual Income Tax

ACCT 4210


ACCT 4600

Plus three (3) additional hours of upper division accounting


*Applicants who are missing one or two prerequisite courses may be admitted on a provisional basis. Please contact us at if you'd like to have your transcripts evaluated for prerequisites prior to applying.

2. GMAT/GRE Scores.
The average GMAT score of students admitted to this program is 550. The average GRE score of admitted students is 152 for each section (quantitative and verbal). The GMAT/GRE may be waived for well-qualified applicants who meet one of the waiver options listed on the GMAT/GRE Waiver page.

3. Additional Application Materials.
Additional application materials include a student’s goal statement, resume and optional letters of recommendation. International applicants must also demonstrate English language proficiency via TOEFL or IELTS scores.

Students who do not have an undergraduate background in accounting or business can still pursue careers in accounting and licensure as a CPA via our Master of Business Administration with emphasis in Accounting. This 36-48 credit hour program includes a bit more general business coursework and allows a student to complete any missing undergraduate accounting courses concurrent with the MBA core requirements.