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Combined Degree Program

Overview & Eligibility

The Combined Degree Program offers current MSU Denver undergraduate accounting students the opportunity to pursue graduate-level accounting coursework while also completing their bachelor's degree. Benefits include 132 credits of College Opportunity Fund (COF) eligibility for qualifying students, access to graduate-level faculty and instructors, and an enhanced professional network. 

The Combined Degree Program is only available to current MSU Denver undergraduate students. If you are not pursuing an Accounting major or minor at MSU Denver currently, you should apply for the MPAcc program.



Applicants to the Combined Degree Program must meet the following criteria prior to admission:

  • Active status as an MSU Denver undergraduate student pursuing an accounting major or minor
  • 75 or more college credits 
  • Successful completion of the following courses:
    • ACC 2010 - Principles of Accounting I
    • ACC 2020 - Principles of Accounting II
    • ACC 3510 - Intermediate Accounting I
    • One additional upper-level (3000 level) Accounting course

Combined Degree Program Admissions

Required Documentation for All Degree Seeking Applicants


1. Submit and complete your online application (indicating the Combined Degree Program) by, or before, the following deadlines:

  • Spring Admission
    • Domestic: Third Monday of November
    • International: September 1
  • Fall Admission
    • Domestic: Third Monday of July
    • International: May 1
  • Summer Admission
    • Domestic: Third Monday of April
    • International: February 1
  • Please note, a $50 nonrefundable application fee must be submitted in order for your application to be considered complete.


2. Submit Official Transcripts from all previously attended colleges or universities.

  • Applicants should send official, electronic transcripts to from the issuing institution. Scanned copies, PDFs or photos sent by the applicant or any third party are not accepted.
  • MSU Denver official transcripts, or transcripts previously submitted to the university, do not need to be re-requested. The application system will acknowledge MSU Denver records and/or previously submitted transcripts 8-10 business days after the application is submitted.
  • International transcripts must also have an official English translation done by a certified translator and a professional course-by-course evaluation showing equivalency to a U.S. bachelor's degree. 
    • Applicants can view a full list of acceptable evaluation provider at
    • The evaluation company should provide the official evaluation to at the applicant’s request.


3. Submit Proof of Completion of one of the following items:

  • GMAT score: Your official GMAT score report sent directly from GMAT.
    • If your index is 1200 or above, you will be automatically admitted to the program.
    • If your index is 1000-1199, your application packet will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.
    • If your index is below 1000, you do not qualify to be reviewed for admission.
    • Applicants can register for the GMAT at
    • Admissions under this method is based on your GMAT score and GPA. We calculate an index score using this formula: [(GPAx200) + GMAT]
  • Licensure: Official proof of licensure or examination sent directly from the issuing institution, organization, etc.
  • Graduate Degree: Apply with a previous master’s degree or Ph.D. See section 2, above, regarding sending transcripts.
  • Accounting Coursework Assessment: The program offers GMAT waivers for students that show success in undergraduate accounting courses. Details available on the opposite page.


4. Submit Required Supplemental Documents:

  • Your detailed resume
  • List of three (3) references
  • Personal Statement/Essay
    • The essay should address:
      • the significant factors influencing your decision to pursue a Master of Professional Accountancy degree;
      • your personal philosophy, values, and professional experiences;
      • your career plans and focus in the field of accounting;
      • your strengths, unique characteristics, and leadership experiences that are relevant to the accounting profession;
      • a time you were given critical feedback and your reaction;
      • why you believe MSU Denver’s MPAcc program is best suited for your educational and professional goals; and
      • how you will manage the rigorous demands of graduate education.


An MSU Denver admission counselor will confirm via email once your GMAT scores are received by the MPAcc program.

Email to ask if you meet GMAT Waiver criteria.

   Degree Seeking Application Deadlines

*Free Application Days: June 26th - July 1st!*



  • Domestic: Third Monday in April | April 19, 2021
  • International: February 1


  • Domestic: Third Monday in July | July 19, 2021
  • International: May 1


  • Domestic: Third Monday in November | November 15, 2021 
  • International: September 1


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