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The MPAcc Program

(Formerly the 4+1 MPAcc Program)

The MSU Denver MPAcc program remains Denver's premier degree for anyone who wants to earn their CPA certification, become a tax specialist, fight crime with forensics and fraud, or all of the above! Our thirty-credit program is AACSB-accredited, affordable, and designed for working adults with evening classes once per week.


Applicants to the Combined Degree Program must meet the following criteria prior to admission:

  • A complete bachelor's degree
  • Successful completion of Principles of Accounting I and II, Intermediate Accounting I, and Income Tax I
    • Courses at other colleges and universities may serve as equivalents
    • MPAcc students who lack an Intermediate Accounting II course will be required to complete ACC 3520 in the first year of the MPAcc program

MPAcc Program Prequisites

  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 the MPAcc 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. How to Enroll
    1. Submit a Non-Degree Seeking application online
      • The initial application will ask you to choose Bachelor's or Master's. Although you are not pursuing a bachelor's degree, please choose Bachelor's degree.
      • The application will ask What is your intended plan of study?- Select Take Prerequisites for MSU Denver Graduate Program
      • The application will then ask Academic Program of Interest. Choose Prep Master Accounting- Master of Professional Accountancy
    2. Submit official transcripts from all previous colleges and universities to

Official proof of a complete bachelor's degree will complete your application. Applicants will then receive an acceptance letter detailing their next steps, and required prerequisites.

Once any Prerequisite MPAcc applicant enrolls in their final semester of prerequisites, they can apply to the MPAcc program. Applications are most competitive when the applicant has all prerequisites complete, but the MPAcc Admission Review Committee will review an application for anyone who is in their final semester of MPAcc prerequisites.

GMAT Waiver Eligibility for Prerequisites Applicants

The MPAcc Admission Committee will waive the GMAT requirement for any Prerequisite MPAcc applicants who earn an A in two of the three 3000-level prerequisite courses (ACC 3510, ACC 3520, and/or ACC 3090), and give automatic acceptance once the additional application requirements (online MPAcc application, transcripts, essay, resume and references) are submitted.

 How to Apply to the MPAcc Program

1. Submit the master's online application form indicating the Combined Degree Program

  • A $50 nonfundable application fee must be submitted in order for your application to be considered complete

2. Send official transcripts from all previous colleges and universities to

3. Attach a resume to the online application

  • Include three points of contact that can act as references for your graduate school-readiness

4. Attach a personal essay to the online application

The essay should address:

  • the significant factors influencing your decision to pursue a Master of Professional Accountancy degree;
  • your personal philosophy, values, and professional experiences;
  • your career plans and focus in the field of accounting;
  • your strengths, unique characteristics, and leadership experiences that are relevant to the accounting profession;
  • a time you were given critical feedback and your reaction;
  • why you believe MSU Denver’s MPAcc program is best suited for your educational and professional goals; and
  • how you will manage the rigorous demands of graduate education.

5. Submit an official GMAT score OR meet GMAT Waiver Critera

Admission Criteria for GMAT Applicants

We calculate an index score using this formula: [(GPAx200) + GMAT]

  • If your index is 1200 or above, you will be automatically admitted to the program.
  • If your index is 1000-1199, your application packet will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.
  • If your index is below 1000, you do not qualify to apply.

A MSU Denver admission counselor will confirm via email once your GMAT scores are received by the MPAcc program.

GMAT Waiver Criteria

Combined Degree Applicants are required to complete the GMAT unless they meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Earned a complete accounting bachelor's degree with a 3.25 GPA or better
  2. Earned a 3.5 GPA throughout all undergraduate accounting coursework


Have previously earned a master's/doctoral degree, or an accounting/business certification or licensure


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!

Domestic and International Students
Semester Packet Due GMAT Submission Deadline
Spring First Monday in October September 15
Summer First Monday in March February 15
Fall First Monday in June May 15
Register for the GMAT here 

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