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The MSU Denver Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAcc) program offers an accelerated road to an advanced accounting degree with emphases in these high-demand areas: Public Accounting, Fraud Examination and Forensics Accounting, Internal Auditing and Taxations.

Consisting of 30 credits (no thesis), the MPAcc program not only gives you the educational requirements you need to sit for Colorado’s CPA exam, but it also provides a forum in which to develop expertise, hone your critical thinking abilities and enhance your communication skills. Courses in the MPAcc program are research-based, writing intensive and leadership and teamwork oriented. Plus, you can build on your education by participating in a service-learning course or professional internship.

MSU Denver’s rigorous graduate-level curriculum is designed to prepare you for the intense, demanding requirements and expectations of the accounting profession.

Program Options

The MSU Denver Department of Accounting offers the following programs:

Benefits of Earning Your Degree at MSU Denver

  • Acquire the education and credit hours necessary to take Colorado’s CPA exam.
  • Make a great financial decision. MSU Denver is the value leader among MPAcc programs in Colorado.
  • Take classes at times convenient for working students. Most MSU Denver MPAcc classes are offered in the afternoon or evenings one day a week.
  • Conduct academic research working with an Accounting faculty member.
  • Study with professors who have real-world experience. MSU Denver professors are experts in their areas and experience. Classes are kept small, so you can get one-on-one assistance and advice.
  • Gain job search assistance from MSU Denver’s Office of Career Services, which brings companies and organizations to campus interested in recruiting MSU Denver students.

Career Opportunities for Our Graduates

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You can take your graduate Professional Accountancy degree from MSU Denver into a variety of careers in public accounting, business, and industry, government, nonprofits, higher education, healthcare, aerospace and more.

Many of our graduates parlay their degrees into leadership positions as controllers, accounting and finance directors, vice presidents or use their in-depth accounting backgrounds to start businesses of their own.

Learn more about career opportunities for Professional Accountancy graduates.



Andrew Holt_MPAccAndrew Holt

Professor Andrew Holt holds a Ph.D. in accounting from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has assisted the U.K.’s Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) with the development of a new professional Code of Practice on Service Charge Management and is the co-author of the text, "Business Accounting,” now in its third edition.




Learn more about MPAcc faculty.

Featured Alumni

“There are so many opportunities to think outside the classroom: field trips, guest speakers, ‘Meet the Firms Night,’ internship and research opportunities. There is a big emphasis on what happens next for us in accounting and preparing for the CPA exam. Professors are top-notch with an excellent combination of academic experience and CPA-in-the-trenches experience. I feel like everyone can succeed given the tools that MSU Denver provides.”  

Cassie Aurich (MSU Denver ’16) is a senior accountant and grant manager at AllHealth Network.

Alumni at Work

MSU Denver MPAcc graduates go on to work in a wide range of economic sectors from nonprofit and government to high tech. Here is a small sampling of companies that have employed MSU Denver MPAcc graduates:

  • AIM House LLC
  • TeleTech Inc.
  • EOG Resources
  • Denver’s Early Childhood Council
  • EKS&H
  • MS Biotec
  • Armstrong Oil and Gas
  • Crowe Horwath LLP
  • Charles Schwab

Sample Classes

MPAcc class with Minga Negash

The MSU Denver Master of Professional Accountancy program is a 10-class, 30-credit program that gives you a sound background in general accounting principles but also allows you to develop expertise through four emphases including Public Accounting, Fraud Examination, Forensic Accounting, Internal Audit and Taxation.

Here are some classes you might take:

  • Accounting Ethics, Professionalism and Leadership
  • Communication and Accounting Research
  • Fraud Awareness
  • Accounting Theory
  • Seminar in Accounting Information Systems
  • Small Business Consulting and Accounting
  • Contemporary Accounting Issues

Learn more about MSU Denver’s Master of Professional Accountancy curriculum.

Facilities and Resources

Easily accessible by public transit, the MSU Denver campus is located steps away from Denver’s financial district as well as city, state and federal government offices, giving you easy access to internships, research, and professional opportunities.



Our Internal Audit Projects class was runner-up for the Southwestern Business Deans’ Association Bobby G. Bizzell Innovative Achievement Award, which is given for addressing university business needs through service learning. 

Program Accreditation

The MSU Denver College of Business is AACSB-accredited, which places the College among the world’s 5 percent of business programs that hold this distinction.

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