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The Master of Professional Accountancy (MPAcc) program at Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) develops an in-depth competency in accounting skills and practices within each student’s chosen concentration: accounting, fraud examination and forensic accounting, internal audit, or taxation.

In addition to providing a sound understanding of legal and regulatory environments, MSU Denver’s 30 credit hour, non-thesis master’s degree in professional accountancy emphasizes experiential learning, ethics, technology and information systems applications, written and oral communication skills, leadership and teamwork, and research and critical reasoning.

By providing a quality graduate-level curriculum, we prepare you for the intense, demanding requirements and expectations of the accounting profession.

Program Options

The 3+2 program is for current matriculating MSU Denver undergraduate students who wish to earn a bachelor’s and a master’s degree concurrently.

The 4+1 program is for students who already hold a bachelor’s degree, either from MSU Denver or another regionally accredited university or college.

Benefits of Earning Your Degree at MSU Denver

MSU Denver delivers all the academic content you expect from a graduate-level program. At the same time, we bring to the table everything that’s unique about MSU Denver’s people and the Denver business community. Here’s what’s distinctive about our MPAcc program:

  • Requires only 10 classes (30 credit hours) to graduate and no thesis
  • One of the most affordable MPAcc programs in Colorado and beyond
  • Small class sizes, which means more one-on-one teacher interaction
  • Many evening class options for the convenience of working adults
  • Experienced instructors with backgrounds in all types of accounting
  • A vibrant and diverse downtown campus near the business district
  • Hands-on advising from faculty who are dedicated to your success
  • Real-world preparation through internships and experiential learning 

Career Opportunities for Our Graduates

The MPAcc program will position you for a variety of leadership positions, including internal auditor, fraud examiner, financial planner, or forensic, cost, tax, or public accountant. Opportunities can be found in industry, government agencies, community service organizations, and in local, regional or international certified public accounting (CPA) firms. Every type of entity needs accounting, and holding an MPAcc degree is becoming the new standard for a successful career in the accounting field.

If your goal is to pursue CPA or other professional licensure, the MPAcc program can be tailored to help you meet eligibility requirements.

Hear from our students:

“I found the professors approachable and feel that they care about delivering a quality education to their students. Metro has focused on developing a curriculum with specialties difficult to find elsewhere, including such topics as fraud, sales tax and internal audit.”

—Matt Lausten CPA, CFE (MPAcc 2013) partner, Betzer Call Lausten & Schwartz, LLP

Alumni at Work

A few of the local companies or state agencies that have hired graduates from the MSU Denver MPAcc program include:

  • CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP
  • Office of the State Auditor
  • Colorado State Judicial Branch
  • EKS&H
  • Kundinger, Corder & Engle, P.C.
  • Richey May & Co.

Sample Classes

With more than 20 elective courses to choose from, you can create either a broad academic experience or focus on a specific area of interest. Popular electives include:

  • Contemporary Auditing Issues
  • Legal Elements of Fraud
  • Tax Practice and Procedures
  • Small Business Consulting and Accounting
  • Strategic Cost Management


Our Internal Audit Projects class was runner-up for the Southwestern Business Deans’ Association Bobby G. Bizzell Innovative Achievement Award, which is given for addressing university business needs through service learning. 

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