University of Colorado - Boulder

Graduate School



ECOT 311, 530 UCB

University of Colorado, 478UCB

Boulder, CO 80309

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:


Format: Campus

Program Description:

A master’s degree in accounting prepares students to become financial professionals who can help a wide range of organizations thrive. Accounting is extremely important to any company because financial information, as analyzed and interpreted by CPAs, allows executives to make informed business decisions that help companies become more successful. Through our program, our graduates develop specific expertise in the area of accounting by strengthening and enhancing the ability to interpret and communicate information about a company’s operations and finances. Academic experience, combined with a practical internship experience, propels our graduates to be proficient in the “language of business” that is accounting.

Typically, over 90% of MSBA Accounting students have a job in accounting and financial advisory fields at graduation; and the demand for CU Boulder-educated accountants continues to soar. Many graduates begin careers with public accounting firms in audit, tax, or advisory business services. Others prefer information management, tax, or compliance positions within corporations. Still other opportunities exist in financial management, not-for-profits, and government agencies.

An MSBA in Accounting primes graduates to become Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) both academically, in terms of preparing for the CPA exam, and by meeting the State of Colorado education requirements for CPAs (as well as those of most other states). For 2013, students from the University of Colorado Boulder passed the CPA exam at a rate of 71.4% for first-time test-takers, which was the #1 ranking for schools in Colorado and #32 nationwide.

MS in Accounting

Select from two programs: a five-year concurrent BSBA/MSBA program for current Leeds undergraduates that allows qualified students to be admitted to the master's program while still working on theirundergraduate requirements, or a stand-alone program for applicants who have completed their undergraduate degrees. Each program is designed to be completed in 9 to 21 months, depending on whether the student wants, and is offered, a busy season (spring semester) internship. Within our programs, choose a track that focuses on financial-related careers or on tax-related careers.


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Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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