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4+1 Program

The 4+1 Master of Professional Accountancy Program is designed for students who hold a bachelor's degree or beyond, regardless of subject-matter or professional background. We invite you explore!

Admissions Requirements and Application Packet Details

  1. Prerequisites
    1. At a minimum, 12 credits of accounting coursework must be completed before you can start the program. Highly recommended are:
      1. ACC 2010 Principles of Accounting I
      2. ACC 2020 Principles of Accounting II
      3. ACC 3510 Intermediate Accounting I
      4. ACC 3520 Intermediate Accounting II
      5. ACC 3090 Income Tax I
    2. Although not necessary, depending on your concentration in theMPAcc program and professional goals, other prerequisite courses may be necessary. The most common being:
      1. ACC 3300 Accounting Information Systems
      2. ACC 3400 Cost Accounting
      3. ACC 4200 Auditing
    3. If you come from a non-business background, you should have experience with computer spreadsheet applications and database management, e.g. Excel and Access.  You should also have a working knowledge of the basic tools of business calculus.

  2. Application Packet
    1. One of the following
      1. GMAT score sent directly from GMAT.
      2. Official proof of approved professional exam/licensure (for example, CPA; contact department for submission process)
      3. Official proof of earned graduate business degree from a regionally accredited college or university (see section C.2. for submission details)
    2. Transcripts
      1. Transcripts from all universities or colleges, regardless of outcome, must be submitted.
      2. Transcripts must be sent directly from the issuing institutions  
        1. Mailed to MSU Denver College of Business Graduate Programs
        2. Or, emailed to
      3. MSU Denver official transcripts do not need to be requested.
      4. International transcripts must have an official English translation done by a certified translator and a professional course-by-course evaluation showing equivalency to a U.S. bachelor's degree. World Education Services ( or Education Credential Evaluators ( are recommended professional transcript evaluation service providers.
    3. Essay
      1. The essay is a critical part of your admission application and will be the basis for evaluation of your writing skills, capacity for self-awareness, and personal growth. The maximum length of the essay should be no more than five pages and should be in 12-point font and double spaced; title page does not count towards page limit.
      2. While some personal information is required in the essay (e.g., your strengths), you should be judicious in the use of self-disclosure. You are not expected to disclose intimate details of your life; however, if you choose to do so, you should do so only briefly and make it clear how the issue has been resolved so that you may now succeed in the program and the profession. The Accounting Department will not provide feedback on your personal statement prior to submission.
      3. Your writing and critical thinking skills are being evaluated in terms of readiness for graduate-level work. Be sure to include all required elements in an academic essay.
      4. Your essay should address:
        1. the significant factors influencing your decision to pursue a Master of Professional Accountancy degree;
        2. your personal philosophy, values, and professional experiences;
        3. your career plans and focus in the field of accounting;
        4. your strengths, unique characteristics, and leadership experiences that are relevant to the accounting profession;
        5. a time you were given critical feedback and your reaction;
        6. why you believe MSU Denver’s MPAcc program is best suited for your educational and professional goals; and
        7. how you will manage the rigorous demands of graduate education.
    4. Resume
    5. References
      1. Do not submit reference letters. Provide names and contact information for individuals (supervisors and/or professors) who can offer evidence of your abilities to complete graduate level course work.
    6. Graduate Admissions Application and $50 non-refundable fee
      1. Additional documentation is required for international students. Please visit the International Student Admissions webpage.

Getting Admitted

  1. If applying with GMAT
    1. Admissions under this category is based on your GMAT score and GPA.
      1. We calculate an index score using this formula:  [(GPAx200) + GMAT]
        1. If your index is 1200 or above, you will be automatically admitted to the program.
        2. If your index is 1000-1199, your application packet will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.
        3. If your index is below 1000, you do not qualify to apply.
  2. If applying with exam or certification
    1. All applicants applying in this category will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.
  3. If applying with master’s degree or beyond
    1. All applicants applying in this category will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.
Domestic and International Students
Semester Packet Due GMAT Submission Deadline
Spring First Monday in January September 15
Summer First Monday in March February 15
Fall First Monday in June May 15
Register for the GMAT here