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2011-2012 CU Denver Catalog 
2011-2012 CU Denver Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Accounting MS

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Program Director: Michael Roberts
Telephone: 303-315-8460
E-mail: Michael.Roberts@ucdenver.edu




Bruce Neumann, PhD, University of Illinois

Associate Professors:

Gary Colbert, PhD, University of Oregon
Carol Dee, PhD, Louisiana State University
L. Ann Martin, PhD, University of Minnesota
Michael Roberts, PhD, Georgia State University

Assistant Professors:

Mary Malina, PhD, University of Colorado Boulder
Craig A. Sisneros, PhD, Arizona State University
Willilam R. Strawser, PhD, Texas A&M University

Senior Instructors:

Elizabeth Connor, MS, Colorado State University
Robert Hockenbury, MS, University of Houston


Cindy Fischer, MA, University of Colorado Boulder
Emily Vera, MS, University of Colorado Denver


The master of science in accounting offers three specializations plus a flexible program which allows students to design individualized courses of study.


The program provides students the opportunity to acquire a thorough understanding of financial and managerial accounting, auditing and taxation in preparation for successful careers in public or private accounting, as well as government or nonprofit accounting.

Students completing the MS in accounting will complete:

  • 12 semester hours of required accounting core coursework
  • 6 semester hours of elective accounting coursework*
  • 6 semester hours of accounting capstones
  • 6 semester hours of free business electives

*The elective course work can be selected from graduate accounting courses or by selecting one of the three specializations offered within the program.  Students who select the accounting and information systems audit and control (AISAAC) specialization have completely different requirements which are listed under that specialization. 


A. Background Accounting Courses*

The MS in accounting also requires completion of the following accounting prerequisites. Prerequistes may be completed at the undergraduate or graduate level, with a grades of B- or higher and a cummulative GPA of 3.0. Students with grades below a B may be subject to probation.

Required Courses:

Total: 9-15 Hours

*Waived for students with appropriate background.

Accounting courses may be taken by nondegree or non-matriculated students.

B. Common Body of Knowledge (CBK)

Based on prior coursework, students may be required to take up to two background courses.  The following are suggested:

C. MS Accounting

Accounting Core

(12 semester hours)

Students should not repeat any course successfully completed at the undergraduate level with a grade of B- or higher. An advisor will evaluate prior coursework to determine substitutions.

Accounting Electives

 (6 semester hours)

ACCT courses numbered 6000 or higher excluding ACCT 6030 or ACCT 6070.

Or, courses contributing to one of the three following specializations may be used to meet this elective requirement. 

D. Accounting Specializations

Students may use a combination of accounting and free electives to complete one of the three following specialization options:

E. Accounting Capstone

(6 semester hours)

F. Free Elective

(6 semester hours)

Accounting is increasingly diverse and linked to many business decisions. Accountants may eventually work as systems designers, chief financial officers, cost analysts, budget officers or chief executive officers. Students will be better prepared for their careers if they develop competencies in a related field, which may be chosen from a single discipline such as finance, information systems, decision sciences, entrepreneurship, international business, marketing, or management. 

Free electives may consist of any course numbered 6800 or higher with BUSN prefix or any course numbered 6000 or higher with a prefix of ACCT, ENTP, FNCE, INTB, ISMG, MGMT, DSCI, or MKTG excluding ACCT 6030 and ACCT 6070

G. Total: 30 Hours

Accounting and Information Systems Audit and Control (AISAAC) Specialization

Recently, new regulatory environments have required companies to provide better documentation of their accounting and IT systems to improve the management and disclosure of their business processes for better financial and regulatory controls. Accounting and IT professionals have significant roles in audit and control activities, since they control the systems that monitor and report on finance, planning and operations. The courses within this specialization cover business-process management and financial controls; the emerging trends and practices in privacy and security; the strategies for integrating governance and compliance; and the IT organization’s financial and business intelligence services. These courses will focus on how to leverage the existing IT infrastructure to establish quality in financial and internal audit processes and address the regulatory issues associated with reporting, consolidation and document/content management more effectively and completely.

As you will notice the complete 30 semester hour requirements for this specialization are listed below.

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