M.S. in Accounting (MSA)

M.S. in Accounting (MSA)

The Future Is Closer Than You Think
The Region's Premier Path for Tomorrow's CPAs.

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.

AACSB Accredited

AACSB Accredited

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

  1. Unparalleled Value

    We offer the quality and prestige that comes with AACSB International accreditation at an affordable price.

  2. Exceptional Instruction

    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.

  3. 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. 

  4. Individualized Attention

    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.

  5. 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.

  6. GMAT/GRE Waivers

    You may be able to waive the GMAT or GRE exam based on a previous graduate degree or substantial management experience.

MSA Faculty Spotlight
Blaise Sonnier, D.B.A.
Dr. Sonnier’s research focuses on legal issues related to federal and state taxation, including real estate taxation, taxation of investments, limits on state taxation imposed by the U.S. Constitution, and the protection of tax workpapers and advice by the attorney-client and work product privileges. In addition, Dr. Sonnier writes a regular column on state and local taxation entitled “SALT Block” for Taxes, a leading journal for tax professionals. He is also the Senior Editor of The Journal of Legal Tax Research published by the American Taxation Association. Prior to entering academics, Dr. Sonnier practiced commercial and tax law for 21 years and brings that experience to his research and teaching.
MSA FAQs

MSA FAQs

How many hours are required for the MSA degree?
What’s the difference between a Master of Science in Accounting (MSA), a Master of Accountancy (MAcc), and a Master of Professional Accounting (MPAcc)?
I want to be a CPA. Should I do an MBA, an MSA, or a Graduate Certificate in Accounting?
Is your MS in Accounting offered online?

What Our Students Are Saying

Jesse Martinez, MSA (2016)
Audit Associate, BKD CPAs and Advisors
"The MSA program was been a phenomenal avenue for me to learn. With guidance from the world-class staff and faculty, I have been able to grow both as an individual and as an accountant. In my graduate program, I interned for a national CPA firm, BKD CPAs and Advisors, and was offered a full-time job offer at the end of my internship."
Aishia Hines, CPA, MSA (2016)
Senior Associate Auditor
"Pursing an MSA from UCCS will open opportunities to a successful business career through personal attention, tailored education, individual growth, and active learning. UCCS has created a trusting environment where every student can get the help that they need, when they need it. Every student has the opportunity to improve their personal brand and became a better personal and professional version of themselves."

Awards & Rankings

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AACSB Accredited
AACSB Accredited
The College of Business is accredited by AACSB International - the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Only 5% of business schools have earned this distinction.
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Top MBA Program
Top Online MBA Program
Our Online MBA was ranked as one of the 50 best programs in the nation and #1 in Colorado. Our ranking is based on factors such as student engagement, admission selectivity, reputation, faculty credentials, student services and technology.
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Military Times Top Program
Military Times Top Program
The UCCS College of Business was among the top 40 programs cited by Military Times after scores from an 80-question analysis were tabulated.
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Best Buy
Best Buy
Our Online MBA has been independently ranked a national Best Buy among AACSB accredited online degrees by GetEducated.com, a consumer watchdog group that reviews and ranks online universities for cost, quality, and credibility.
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Military Friendly School
Military Friendly School
Consistently ranked a Military Friendly School, the UCCS College of Business is proud to serve our active duty, reserve and retired service personnel and their families. The UCCS Office of Veteran and Military Student Affairs partners with the College of Business to ensure accurate and timely service and support.

Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) 18-Month Program

Most students enroll in the MSA program on a part-time basis and complete the program in 18 months. A sample schedule of the MSA program is provided below:

18-Month Path
  • Fall 2019
    FALL 2019 CH

    ACCT 6010

    Financial Acct Theory                                  

     3

    ACCT 6620

    Advanced Auditing

     3

    BUS 6xxx Elective

     3

     

     

     

     

     

  • Spring 2020
    Spring 2020 CH

    ACCT 6720 or ACCT Elective*

    Corporate & Partnership Tax

     3

    ACCT 6510

    Accounting Ethics & Institutions

     3

    BUS 6xxx Elective

    (MTKG 6400 (winterm/pre-Spring/ 4 weeks) Service Marketing

     3

     

  • Summer 2020
    Summer 2020 CH

    ACCT 6770 OL

    Fed Tax Research & Plan       

     3
  • Fall 2020
    Fall 2020 CH

    ACCT 6xxx Elective

     3

    BUS 6xxx Elective

     3

    BUS 6xxx Elective or Graduate Internship Option

     3