MSA Academics & Curriculum


MSA Academics & Curriculum

The Master of Science in Accounting degree from the University of Colorado Colorado Springs provides in-depth knowledge of accounting, taxation, and auditing. Whether you want to expand your career as an external auditor in public accounting, an internal auditor in private accounting, a government auditor, or a tax consultant, you will be rewarded with excellence in your faculty, curriculum, and fellow students. Our 30-credit hour MSA program consists of 18 credit hours of accounting coursework and 12 credit hours of business electives. 

Required Accounting courses

(12 credit hours)

Course Number

Course Title

ACCT 6010

Seminar: Financial Accounting Theory

ACCT 6510

Accounting Ethics and Institutions

ACCT 6620

Advanced Auditing

ACCT 6770

Federal Tax Research and Planning


Plus two (2) of the following Accounting electives

(6 credit hours)

Course Number

Course Title

ACCT 6720

Corporate & Partnership Taxation

ACCT 6730

Introduction to Accounting Systems

ACCT 6740

Accounting for Governments & Not-For-Profit Organizations

ACCT 6750

Advanced Financial Accounting

ACCT 6950

Topics in Accounting - Graduate


Additionally, students take 12 credit hours of business electives

MSA students choose their business electives from any 6000-level business courses in the MBA program (except ACCT 6100). The accounting faculty recommend the following classes as being particularly relevant to future accounting professionals.

Course Number

Course Title

ACCT 6960

Graduate Internship in Accounting

BUAD 6700

Service Management

FNCE 6000

Corporate Financial Management

FNCE 6100

Problems and Policies in Financial Management

FNCE 6200

Investment Management & Analysis

FNCE 6400

International Financial Management

FNCE 6500

Managerial Economics & the Business Cycle

MGMT 6400

Legal Issues in Managing Human Resources

MGMT 6550

Applied Principles of Negotiation & Conflict Management

MKTG 6400

Service Marketing

OPTM 6300

Managing Projects for Competitive Advantage

Students in the Master of Science in Accounting program also complete an End of Program Assessment in their final semester.