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Master of Professional Accounting

Colorado State University Global's Master of Professional Accounting program is designed to prepare students to become Certified Public Accountants and includes coursework in various areas of emphasis. Read on to find out more about this online master's degree program.

Official Program Name:

Master of Professional Accounting

School Offering Program:

Colorado State University Global

Degree Level:

Master's

Program Prerequisites:

To enroll in Colorado State University Global's Master of Professional Accounting program, students will need to have taken at least 21 credit hours of upper-division accounting coursework through a major or concentration in accounting. Applicants with accounting experience and no fewer than 15 hours of upper-division accounting coursework or an MBA and 12 hours of accounting credits can also be admitted. All applicants to Colorado State University Global master's degree programs should have an undergraduate degree; some programs may have additional admissions requirements.

Program Description:

Colorado State University Global's Master of Professional Accounting program is designed to prepare students to be Certified Public Accountants. The program is intended to provide deeper knowledge in accounting strategies, qualitative and quantitative analysis, ethical and legal decision making, and adaptability in accounting practices. In addition to core classes that focus on preparing students for the CPA exam, students are required to enroll in courses in a chosen area of emphasis. The courses within each emphasis are designed to provide students with skills unique to one of the following areas of expertise: data analytics, fraud investigations and forensic accounting, auditing and assurance, taxation, and professional accounting. The Master of Professional Accounting program can prepare students to enter the workforce as public accountants or in other roles within financial institutions, government agencies, and non-profit organizations.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length:

30 credits.

Financial Aid:

Federal financial aid in the forms of student loans and grants is available to those who qualify. Colorado State University Global students may also be eligible for military and veteran benefits, payment plans, employer reimbursement, and scholarships. Contact Colorado State University Global's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the Master of Professional Accounting:

Students enrolled in the Master of Professional Accounting program must complete ten courses. Eight of the ten courses are the core classes listed below. The two remaining courses must be within an emphasis chosen by the student. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Colorado State University Global to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Master of Professional Accounting Core Courses (24 credits)

  • Advanced Accounting II
  • Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination
  • International Accounting
  • Accounting Ethics
  • Advanced Cost Accounting
  • Advanced Auditing and Assurance Services
  • Advanced Governmental Accounting and Nonprofit Accounting
  • Capstone - Accounting

Elective Courses (6 credits)

  • Students choose two courses in an area of emphasis.

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

The Master of Professional Accounting program at Colorado State University Global is designed to prepare students to be CPAs while also providing them with knowledge in accounting strategies, qualitative and quantitative analysis for decision-making, management of ethical and legal conflicts, and ways to best meet the needs of employees and leaders in organizations.

Some jobs that graduates may pursue are:

  • Tax examiners and revenue agent
  • Forensic accountant
  • Actuary
  • Accountant

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