M.S. in Accounting (MSA)
M.S. in Accounting (MSA)
The Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) degree from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs is an excellent choice for those with an undergraduate degree in accounting or business who want to pursue licensure as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
The MSA helps graduates develop a deep knowledge of all areas of accounting and prepare for the CPA exam. This 30 credit hour program, together with a student's undergraduate degree in business or accounting, is designed to satisfy the 150 credit hour requirement for licensure in Colorado and most other states.
Like all business degrees offered at UCCS, this program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). This prestigious accreditation is your assurance that you are attending a quality program, taught by well-qualified faculty, and with a commitment to student success and continuous improvement. Learn More >>
The UCCS Difference
We offer the quality and prestige that comes with AACSB International accreditation at an affordable price.
Our leading instructors are nationally and internationally recognized for their research and instruction. Receive personalized guidance from professors with real-world experience in their field.
Seamless CPA Transition
The MSA is designed to provide a comprehensive and deep knowledge of accounting, as well as preparation for the CPA exam. The combination of our undergraduate degree in accounting and the MSA is enough to satisfy the 150 credit hour requirement for licensure in Colorado and most other states.
Our deliberately small class sizes make it easier for instructors to provide the individualized attention they want to give and that you deserve to receive.
Excellent Career & Alumni Services
We offer career development and placement services as a benefit to our students and alumni, as well as a chance to be involved in the UCCS College of Business Alumni Association, allowing you to keep in touch and network with classmates and fellow graduates.
You may be able to waive the GMAT or GRE exam based on a previous graduate degree or substantial management experience.
The UCCS MSA program requires a minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate coursework contingent upon the completion of an undergraduate accounting degree or business degree with an emphasis in accounting. Applicants must have successfully completed all accounting prerequisites.
Nothing really. While there are some differences in curriculum between schools all of these are graduate professional degrees designed to prepare graduates to meet the educations requirements to sit for the CPA exam.
It depends. All three credentials can be used to prepare for careers in accounting and licensure as a CPA. If you have an undergraduate degree in accounting and are very focused on a career in accounting the MSA is your fastest route to qualify for the CPA exam. If you have an undergraduate degree from outside of business or you want a broad degree with a balance of coursework in accounting as well as other business disciplines, the MBA with emphasis in Accounting is a great option. If you already have a master's degree or just want a few specific accounting courses the Graduate Certificate in Accounting is a good choice.
No. However, MSA students can choose to take their general business electives (non-accounting courses) online from our Online MBA program.