Colorado State University Global

Master of Professional Accounting

The Master of Professional Accounting program at Colorado State University-Global Campus is designed to prepare students for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam. 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 Campus

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Program Prerequisites:

Applicants are eligible for admission into a CSU-Global master's degree program if they have earned a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. Those applying to the Master of Professional Accounting program must have an undergraduate degree with a major or concentration in accounting that includes at least 21 credit hours of upper division accounting coursework. Those that do not meet this requirement can work with a program coordinator to receive admission as long as they have at least 15 hours of upper-division accounting coursework and previous experience in accounting or an MBA with 12 hours of accounting coursework and previous experience in accounting.

Program Description:

CSU-Global's Master of Professional Accounting (MPAcc) program is intended to provide students with the knowledge to become a licensed accountant and work as leaders in the accounting and finance fields. The MPAcc was designed to meet the educational standards of the CPA exam and includes coursework in accounting strategies, international accounting and accounting practices for government and non-profit organizations. Students will have the chance to examine methods for using qualitative and quantitative analyses in decision making and ways to analyze and apply financial and economic concepts in various business situations. Additional courses cover cost accounting, audit reporting and forensic accounting. The program concludes with a capstone course.

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Program Length:

Colorado State University-Global Campus master's degrees require that students successfully complete at least 36 semester hours of credits. A maximum of nine (9) semester hours of credits from a regionally accredited institution may be transferred and applied to a CSU-Global master's degree, provided that each transferred course has a grade equivalent to B- or higher and that the credits have not been applied to the student's previous degree(s).

Financial Aid:

Federal financial aid is available to those who qualify in the forms of student loans and grants. CSU-Global students may also be eligible for military and veteran benefits, payment plans, employer reimbursement and scholarships.

Tuition, Financial Aid & Start Dates

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Required Courses for a Master in Professional Accounting:

Professional Accounting - 10 Courses (30 Credit Hours)

  • Fundamentals of Research and Writing
  • Advanced: Accounting II
  • Forensic Accounting and Fraud Examination
  • International Accounting
  • Accounting Ethics
  • Advanced Cost Accounting
  • Advanced Auditing and Assurance Services
  • Governmental Accounting
  • MPAcc Electives
  • Capstone - Accounting

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Graduates of the Master of Professional Accounting program at CSU-Global may be prepared to take CPA exam and, upon passing, seek a position as a Certified Public Accountant. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (, employment of accountants and auditors in general is expected to grow by 11% from 2014-2024. The BLS also states that those with a master's degree and/or professional certification, such as the CPA, could have the best prospects.