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Colorado State University Global

Graduate Specialization in Accounting

Colorado State University's Graduate Specialization in Accounting offers students the opportunity to prepare for the CPA examination and gain advanced understanding of practical accounting theories, skills, and strategies to use in the global workplace. Read more about the Graduate Specialization in Accounting program here.

Official Program Name:

Graduate Specialization in Accounting

School Offering Program:

Colorado State University Global

Degree Level:

Graduate specialization

Program Prerequisites:

Students who enroll in the Graduate Specialization in Accounting program are provided the opportunity to gain advanced knowledge in practical and global accounting principles and solutions while also preparing for the CPA examination. Students who pursue this specialization must be enrolled in any master's degree program except for the M.S. in Teaching and Learning and Master of Professional Accounting. Students who choose this specialization may demonstrate an aptitude for numbers and should have a strong understanding of accounting including the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). All master's degree programs at Colorado State University Global require an undergraduate degree from an accredited university; some programs may have additional admissions requirements.

Program Description:

The Graduate Specialization in Accounting consists of 12 credits that are added to a master's degree, and it is often pursued alongside degrees in data analytics, finance, or management. This specialization is designed to provide preparation for the CPA examination and prepare students for leadership roles within the finance industry. Students are provided with the opportunity to learn accounting skills, theories, and industry standards that are applicable to real-life situations within a global work environment.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

12 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the form of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Colorado State University Global's financial aid office for more information.

Tuition, Financial Aid & Start Dates

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Required Courses for the Graduate Specialization in Accounting:

Students pursuing the Graduate Specialization in Accounting take four courses after completing most of their degree program's major requirements. Course requirements are subject to change. Contact Colorado State University Global to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Graduate Specialization in Accounting Courses (12 credits)

  • Advanced Accounting II
  • Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination
  • Advanced Income Taxation
  • Accounting Ethics

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Students who complete the Graduate Specialization in Accounting have the opportunity to gain the advanced skills and knowledge necessary for the Uniform CPA Examination and immediate productivity in the workplace. This specialization is designed to teach students how to use critical thinking and a global understanding of accounting to be successful in careers such as:

  • Auditor
  • Budget analyst
  • Staff accountant
  • Forensic accountant