A masters in accounting: calculated success with immeasurable opportunities.

Start this Fall. Full-tuition scholarships available.

The Master of Accountancy program at the Daniels School of Accountancy provides rigorous training in accounting fundamentals with specialties in business valuation, assurance, taxation or information analytics. Whether your background is in business or liberal arts, customized degree plans ensure graduates have the fundamental business knowledge, practical experience and accounting skills sought by top employers. The best indicator of the program’s strength is the success of our graduates: Nearly 100 percent of our domestic MAcc graduates accept positions within three months of graduation and many of those job offers stem from internships at top accounting firms, such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, KPMG and Grant Thornton.

The success of our students is reflected in our rankings: Daniels is the only business school in Colorado to receive high rankings from BusinessWeek, the Financial Times and U.S. News and World Report.

GMAT Waiver Policy

The GMAT will be waived if a student has met any of the following requirements:

  1. A graduate degree from a regionally accredited school.
  2. Passed four parts of the CPA exam.
  3. Obtained a bachelor degree in accounting (or business with a major in accounting) from an AACSB accredited university with a GPA of at least 3.25 overall and at least 3.0 in the undergraduate accounting coursework.
  4. Earned a minimum of 3.7 in the first eight hours (or first quarter of eight or more hours) taken towards the graduate business certificate in accountancy.

If you do not meet one or more of the above conditions, consider enrolling in the School of Accountancy’s GMAT Prep Course to fully prepare for the exam. The ten-session course is offered quarterly with discounted pricing available for prospective School of Accountancy students. For information on the next available course, find a GMAT Prep Course or contact Jodye Whitesell.

To have your GMAT or GRE scores reported to Daniels, please use the following codes: GMAT code is MZR-GT-82 and the GRE code is 4842. School of Accountancy awards do not require GMAT. 

Program At-A-Glance

Program CurriculumA 9–36-month, full or part-time, 40 quarter hour credit program with maximum flexibility. The required Accounting Core is four courses (16 credits), leaving you 24 credits to either build a broad foundation or develop a specialty in an area of interest like assurance, business valuation, IT or taxation. 
GMAT/GRERequirement varies. Not needed for those who majored in accounting at an AACSB school with a high GPA.
Program Start DatesSeptember and March.
Tuition$1,258 per credit hour plus program fees. Tuition Calculator»
Financial AidFull-tuition scholarships available from the Daniels College of Business in cooperation with the School of Accountancy
. Merit- and need-based scholarships awarded by Daniels College of Business. Additional funding available from the School of Accountancy. Government student loans, private loans and GI benefits available.
Application DeadlinesFour rounds of admission deadlines for fall entry and three rounds for spring entry.

 

Daniels provides a great environment in which to learn and grow. The small class sizes and hands-on learning holds you accountable to yourself and your peers, while ensuring that you’ll walk away with the hard and soft skills needed to succeed. Finally, the support of the Daniels community is second to none. Alumni, faculty and staff come together to celebrate your success and collectively work toward improving the student experience.- Rachelle Barrett, MACC 2008 | Manager, Assurance Services at Ernst & Young, LLP

Points of Pride for the Daniels School of Accountancy

  • Recruiters’ choice: We’re a preferred hiring school for all international, national and local accounting firms, given our commitment to rigorous academics, business ethics and hands-on experience.
  • Customized curriculum: Whether you come from a humanities or a business background, faculty advisors will design a degree plan just for you. If you have a non-business bachelor’s degree, you will start the MAcc with additional preparatory course work.
  • State-of-the-art technology: Our courses on sophisticated enterprise software and databases ensure you have the technological literacy demanded by today’s marketplace.
  • Engaged faculty: Our faculty and staff are readily available to provide academic advising and career counseling. With a faculty/student ratio of 1:18, professors become mentors who take a genuine interest in your success.
  • High CPA scores: Daniels MAcc students report the highest CPA scores on all sections of the exam in Colorado.
  • Long History: We were the third School of Accountancy established in the United States.
  • Accreditation: We are one of 181 accounting schools in the world that is AACSB accredited.

Courses & Electives

  • chart-acct-2015Acquire strong accounting research skills needed to pass the CPA exam and attract top recruiters.
  • Learn how to work effectively with cross-functional teams.
  • Master sophisticated enterprise software and database applications.
  • Gain elective expertise in either assurance, valuation, taxation or IT.
  • Develop an ethical framework to make complex decisions, address the needs of diverse stakeholders and lead in today’s interrelated business world.
 

Degree Plan

The degree plan includes courses in core accounting skills, business ethics and values-based leadership and 16 credits of electives allowing you to dig deeper into specific areas of practice.

View the MAcc Degree Plan

Course Descriptions

Accounting Core Courses | 16 Credit Hours

ACTG 4155 Accounting Information Technology Systems in the Business Environment | 4 Credit Hours

The course will give students a basic understanding of how to develop a beginning-to-intermediate AIS system. Process flowcharts and entity-relationship diagrams will be used to document the system in Microsoft Visio. The course will explore the database structure used in various accounting IT systems. Students will be Microsoft Access certified by the end of the course. The course will also cover the IT topics contained in the BEC portion of the CPA exam. PREREQ: Instructor Permission. (Autumn, Winter, Spring).

ACTG 4155 Accounting Information Technology Systems and the Business Environment | 4 Credit Hours»

ACTG 4575 AIS Risk, Control and Audit | 4 Credit Hours

The purpose of this course is to engage students in topics covering the risk, audit and control of Accounting Information Systems. It is no longer possible to “audit around” an IT system. Today’s accounting professionals must possess a strong understanding of accounting information system risks and controls. This course will cover both 1) auditing of the IT controls that support an accounting information system and 2) using auditing and data mining tools to assist in financial statement audit techniques. Prerequisite: ACTG 4610. (Autumn, Winter, Spring)

ACTG 4575 AIS Risk, Control and Audit | 4 Credit Hours»

ACTG 4240 Topics & Cases in Financial Accounting | 4 Credit Hours

This course develops a greater awareness of contemporary accounting issues, focusing on financial reporting. The course is designed to enhance each student’s ability to identify, discuss, and resolve open-ended problems (i.e., those having no single “correct” answer) faced by accounting professionals. Each student must commit to being an active participant in the class discussions. Through the use of numerous cases involving all aspects of financial reporting, students identify issues, conduct authoritative research, then present and defend their conclusions using both oral and written presentation formats. Students also write an original research paper on a topic of their choice. Prerequisite: ACTG 4282. (Autumn, Winter, Spring).

ACTG 4240 Topics & Cases in Financial Accounting | 4 Credit Hours»

ACTG 4340 Topics and Cases in Managerial Accounting | 4 Credit Hours

This course focuses upon innovative forensic, management control, productivity and business valuation approaches used by forensic and managerial accountants. Such strategies and techniques are evaluated through classroom discussion of cases and related articles. PREREQ: ACTG 4660. (Winter, Spring, Summer).

ACTG 4340 Topics and Cases in Managerial Accounting | 4 Credit Hours»

Accounting Electives | 8 Credit Hours

Select 8 credit hours from the following courses:

TAX 4____ Advisor-approved Graduate Tax Courses

ACTG 4620 Accounting Ethics | 4 Credit Hours» 

ACTG 4176 Accounting Data Analytics | 4 Credit Hours

In this course, students explore overarching trends in big data and the impact to accounting and auditing fields while also gaining hands on experience working with business data sets. In today’s information world, accountants must be well equipped to understand and utilize the vast and varying data systems that feed a company’s decision making process. This course allows students to develop big data skills by learning the SQL language to query data from mock clients. Students execute Computer Assisted Auditing Techniques (CAATs) using both the SQL language as well was the audit data mining tool, IDEA. Students simulate the process to request client data files, load complex data sets, design and execute query procedures and summarize results for management. PREREQ: ACTG 4575 or Instructor Permission. (Spring).

ACTG 4176 Accounting Data Analytics | 4 Credit Hours»

ACTG 4284 Consolidated Financial Statements | 2 Credit Hours

This course introduces the student to the preparation of financial statements in compliance with GAAP when the reporting entity has investments in other entities that are other than passive investments. This module explores the financial reporting issues relating to partial or full ownership of one business entity by another. It includes use of the equity method as well as issues involved in reporting the financial results of consolidated entities, both at and subsequent to acquisition or formation. PREREQ or COREQ: ACTG 4282 or ACTG 3068. (Autumn, Spring).

ACTG 4284 Consolidated Financial Statements | 2 Credit Hours»

ACTG 4285 Accounting for Foreign Operations | 2 Credit Hours

Topics covered in this course include the financial statement impact of doing business in a foreign currency, having foreign subsidiaries or operations, and certain hedging activities. PREREQ or COREQ: ACTG 4282 or ACTG 3068. (Autumn, Spring).

ACTG 4285 Accounting for Foreign Operations | 2 Credit Hours»

ACTG 4400 Taxation for Business & Investment Planning | 4 Credit Hours

This is an introductory tax course that emphasizes a conceptual approach to learning the income tax framework applicable to common business and investment transactions. It is designed to sensitize students to the tax implications of business decisions and to cultivate the student’s ability to ask good tax questions. This course will illustrate that effective business planning depends on an accurate assessment of relevant tax factors. PREREQ: ACTG 4610. Not open to students who have completed ACTG 4410. (Autumn)

ACTG 4400 Taxation for Business & Investment Planning | 4 Credit Hours»

ACTG 4410 Federal Income Taxation | 4 Credit Hours

The course is designed for graduate accounting students that wish to study federal income taxation. This is the first course in taxation, which introduces the federal taxation system, the importance of tax authorities, the concepts of gross income and tax deductions and the tax implications of common property transactions. The course generally focuses on property transactions, but the taxation of individuals is emphasized with an objective of students being able to properly prepare complex individual tax returns. PREREQ: 4610. Not open to students who have completed ACTG 4400. (Winter, Spring)

ACTG 4410 Federal Income Taxation | 4 Credit Hours»

ACTG 4462 Corporation and Partnership Tax | 4 Credit Hours

The course is designed for graduate accounting, finance or other business students in their study of advanced topics in federal income taxation. This is the second course in taxation which concentrates on taxation of corporations, limited liability corporations, S corporations and partnerships. PREREQ: ACTG 4400 or ACTG 4410. (Autumn, Winter, Spring, Summer)

ACTG 4462 Corporation and Partnership Tax | 4 Credit Hours»

ACTG 4520 Forensic Accounting and Auditing | 4 Credit Hours

Students will have an opportunity to learn, study, and discuss practical aspects of accounting as it is used to detect and prosecute fraud. Students will be exposed to improprieties, common fraud schemes, illegalities, and harassments. PREREQ or COREQ: ACTG 3551 or ACTG 4551 or Instructor Permission. (Summer)

ACTG 4520 Forensic Accounting and Auditing | 4 Credit Hours»

ACTG 4551 Auditing | 4 Credit Hours

This course is designed to provide you with a thorough understanding of auditing and related attest services. This includes gaining requisite knowledge about AICPA (U.S. GAAS) and PCAOB auditing standards and how they are applied in conducting a financial statement audit. Application of these standards applies to planning an audit, the risk assessment process including gaining an understanding of internal control, gathering and evaluating evidence, sampling, and issuing an audit report. PREREQ or COREQ: ACTG 4282. (Winter, Summer)

ACTG 4551 Auditing | 4 Credit Hours»

ACTG 4552 Advanced Auditing | 4 Credit Hours

This course is designed to build on the foundation of auditing knowledge developed in ACTG 4551 and apply that knowledge to specific accounts and assertions in a financial statement audit. Students also examine selected SEC enforcement actions and discuss what audit procedures may have been beneficial to prevent the misstatement. PREREQ: ACTG 4551 or ACTG 3551. (Autumn, Spring)

ACTG 4552 Advanced Auditing | 4 Credit Hours»

ACTG 4607 Not-for-Profit & Government Accounting | 4 Credit Hours

The course will focus on Not-for-profit (NFP) and Governmental (Govt) financial accounting standards and practices employed by governmental and nonprofit organizations. Upon successful completion of the course, students will master the fundamentals of financial reporting of various kinds of governmental accounting and nonprofit organizations. Social, environmental, and ethical issues are addressed in this course. The content of Governmental and Nonprofit Accounting will be linked to sustainability, leadership and governance. PREREQ: ACTG 4281. (Autumn, Winter, Spring)

ACTG 4607 Not-for-Profit & Government Accounting | 4 Credit Hours»

ACTG 4700 Special Topics (topics vary by quarter) | 4 Credit Hours»

ACTG 4710 Managing the Family Business | 4 Credit Hours

Family enterprises have a tremendous impact on our local, national and global economies. Today, the definition of the family enterprise extends beyond just the business entity. It includes family offices, family “banks,” family councils, trusts, and family foundations, just to name a few. Further, what happens in, and how decisions are made by, family enterprise affects not only the active family members but other key stakeholders such as inactive family members, in-laws, non-family managers and employees, professional advisors, customers, suppliers and competitors. This course gives students insight into the universe of possibilities that families, enterprises and their advisors face when engaged in systemic transition planning. This highly interdisciplinary course is appropriate for anyone who intends to work in or with family enterprises. This includes family members, accountants, attorneys, estate planners, financial or wealth managers, family office professionals, insurance consultants, business advisors, management consultants, organizational and leadership development experts, international business professionals, psychologists, social workers, and family therapists. (Winter)

ACTG 4710 Managing the Family Business | 4 Credit Hours»

ACTG 4720 Corporate Advisory | 4 Credit Hours

Corporate Advisory is a project-based practicum experience (field study) whereby student teams will gain an in-depth perspective of managerial and strategic processes within an actual company (hereafter, corporate partner). Teams will spend the quarter working on a specific consulting project in close collaboration with executives of the corporate partner. The project will have important accounting and financial implications and will culminate with a formal presentation of the conclusions reached by the team. The work of the team and the consulting relationship with the corporate partner is supervised by the faculty instructor(s) of the course. PREREQ: Instructor Approval. (Autumn, Spring)

ACTG 4720 Corporate Advisory | 4 Credit Hours»

ACTG 4740 Valuation and Modeling | 4 Credit Hours

The ultimate purpose of the course is to improve professional decision-making skills. Professional decisions are made using a combination of judgment and analysis. Even skilled professionals (in any field) will make incorrect decisions when working with incorrect or insufficient information. Thus, one key to improving decision-making is improving analytical insights and skills. This course will emphasize the definition, construction, uses and limitations of popular financial models and instruments. Further, the class will focus on how the instruments are used, why they are used and how decisions to use such instruments and tools/techniques to value them are made. (Autumn, Spring)

ACTG 4740 Valuation and Modeling | 4 Credit Hours»

ACTG 4620 Accounting Ethics | 4 Credit Hours

This course focuses on the idea of “community” and the ethical and social relationships of accounting leaders and business organizations in their communities. The focus will be on the role of the accounting professional and the unique and special responsibilities associated with that role. This will be examined by analyzing a variety of issues that students will face during their careers. The goal is to provide students with generalized understanding and skills that can be employed in dealing with other issues that may emerge in their accounting and business careers. Many of these issues that emerge directly relate to the state Code of Professional Conduct applicable to CPAs, the Code provisions will be discussed and analyzed. (Winter, Summer).

ACTG 4750 Valuing a Business Valuation | 4 Credit Hours

This course explores all major aspects of business valuation, focusing on the valuation of closely held businesses. Students study the three methods of valuation, their strengths and weaknesses, and when to apply each. Topics include: 1) standards of value, 2) levels of value, including valuation discounts and premiums, 3) valuation methodologies, 4) evaluation and analysis of data, 5) critical assumptions, and 6) professional report writing. Students not only study valuation theory, they appraise an actual business and draft a valuation report in compliance with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ Statement on Standards for Valuation Services (SSVS) and the Reporting Standards of the National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts (NACVA). PREREQ: ACTG 4740. (Autumn, Spring)

ACTG 4750 Valuing a Business Valuation | 4 Credit Hours»

ACTG 4760 CEO’s & Corporate Governance | 4 Credit Hours

The course examines the current and pressing issue of corporate governance, in its ethical, legal, and social dimensions. Students read the latest views of scholars and experts and gain the perspectives of corporate CEOs and other organization leaders. Topics explored include the history of various governance models, public policy on corporate governance, corporate board functions and responsibilities, the dynamics between CEOs and boards, ethical leadership and corporate culture, ethics and compliance programs, executive liability, nonprofit corporate governance, board and audit committee responsibilities, restructuring and governance, executive compensation problems and solutions, shareholder activism, and corporate governance reforms. (Spring)

ACTG 4760 CEO’s & Corporate Governance | 4 Credit Hours»

ACTG 4____ Other advisor-approved

Business or Accounting Electives | 16 Credit Hours

Select 8 credit hours from any number of advisor-approved courses within the Daniels College of Business.

LGST 4550 Business Law for Accountants | 4 Credit Hours

This course will provide students with a detailed review of the legal considerations in forming, operating, and dissolving the most common forms of business entities: partnerships, limited liability companies, and corporations. The rights, duties and liabilities of the managers, owners and accountants (internal and external) of these entities will be extensively examined. The course will also provide an overview of federal securities laws impacting these organizations. (Autumn, Spring)

LGST 4550 Business Law for Accountants | 4 Credit Hours»


Accounting Prerequisites

ACTG 4610 Financial Accounting | 4 Credit Hours

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the financial statements issued by companies to external parties, such as shareholders and creditors. The course covers the fundamentals of accounting, from recording economic events in the accounting records to the preparation of the company’s financial statements. In addition, the course examines major transaction categories, accounting policy choices of business firms and their financial statement implications, as well as the content of publicly-traded companies’ Form 10-K annual reports. (Autumn, Winter, Spring, Summer)

ACTG 4610 Financial Accounting | 4 Credit Hours»

ACTG 4281 Intermediate Accounting | 4 Credit Hours

The focus of this course is the foundation and content of published financial statements. Specifically it covers the following broad topics: (1) Conceptual Framework of Financial Reporting; (2) Financial Statements and Related Disclosures; (3) Assets: Recognition and Measurement; and (4) Liabilities: Recognition and Measurement. Common to each of the topics is an emphasis on reading GAAP and applying GAAP guidance to fact patterns. At the conclusion of the course, students should be aware of the proper accounting treatment for many common situations; moreover, students should be fully comfortable interpreting GAAP literature to address scenarios involving assets, liabilities, and income that were not specifically covered in the class. PREREQ: ACTG 4610. (Autumn, Winter).

ACTG 4281 Intermediate Accounting | 4 Credit Hours»

ACTG 4282 Intermediate Accounting II | 4 Credit Hours

This course is a continuation of Intermediate Financial Accounting. The focus of this course is the application of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles to complex business transactions. In this final course of the sequence, we finish our examination of the balance sheet by exploring the issues involved with stockholders’ equity, followed by in-depth study of some of the most complex accounting issues, including revenue recognition, accounting for income taxes, pensions and postemployment benefits, leases, and accounting changes and errors. PREREQ: ACTG 4281. (Winter, Spring).

ACTG 4282 Intermediate Accounting II | 4 Credit Hours»

BUS 4310 Business Communication for Accountants | 4 Credit Hours

This course emphasizes critical communications skills for future accounting, tax, auditing and consulting professionals. The course develops written communication skills including but not limited to technical writing, reporting the results of research and explaining complex issues. Oral communication assignments include formal presentations, development of debate skills and boardroom presence. Assignments incorporate business etiquette and teambuilding. (Autumn, Spring)

BUS 4310 Business Communication for Accountants | 4 Credit Hours»

Prerequisites

Students entering the MAcc program must demonstrate competency in introductory and intermediate financial accounting, introductory managerial accounting, business statistics and managerial finance. Students with an undergraduate degree in accounting may demonstrate competency by having earned a B- or better in these topics at an AACSB-accredited school or by passing an on-campus exam. Students with non-accounting undergraduate degrees must demonstrate competency by passing an on-campus exam. Entering students must have also earned a B- or better in a business, accounting or technical communications course. Many students are admitted to the program before these requirements are met and take the additional courses as they complete the MAcc program. 

Prerequisite CourseHow Prerequisite is Satisfied
Introductory Financial Accounting (ACTG 4610)Deemed satisfied for incoming MAcc students with undergraduate Accounting degree from an AACSB-accredited program. For those with different degrees, the prerequisite is satisfied by passing a competency waiver examination that is administered during orientation week or by enrolling in ACTG 4610.
Introductory Managerial Accounting (ACTG 4660)Deemed satisfied for incoming MAcc students with undergraduate Accounting degree from an AACSB-accredited program. For those with different degrees, the prerequisite is satisfied by passing a competency waiver examination that is administered during week 7 of quarter 1 or by enrolling in ACTG 4660.
Intermediate Accounting I (ACTG 4281)Incoming MAcc students with undergraduate Accounting degree from an AACSB-accredited program satisfy the prerequisite by one of the following: (i) completion of an Intermediate Accounting I class with a grade of at least B- (ii) passing a competency waiver examination that is administered during orientation week, or (iii) completion of an intermediate accounting sequence with an average grade of B- or better. For those with different degrees, the prerequisite is satisfied by passing a competency waiver examination that is administered during orientation week or by enrolling in ACTG 4281.
Intermediate Accounting II (ACTG 4282)Incoming MAcc students with undergraduate Accounting degree from an AACSB-accredited program satisfy this prerequisite by either (i) completion of an Intermediate Accounting II with a grade of at least B-, or (ii) passing a competency waiver examination that is administered during orientation week. For those with different degrees, the prerequisite is satisfied by passing a competency waiver examination that is administered during orientation week or by enrolling in ACTG 4282.
Business Statistics (STAT 4610) or Quantitative Methods in Finance (FIN 4170)Incoming MAcc students with undergraduate Accounting or Statistics degree from an AACSB-accredited program satisfy this prerequisite by either (i) completion of a statistics class with a grade of at least B-, or (ii) passing a competency waiver examination that is administered during orientation week. For those with different degrees, the prerequisite is satisfied by passing a competency waiver examination that is administered during orientation week or by enrolling in STAT 4610 or FIN 4170.
Managerial Finance (Finance 4630)Incoming MAcc students with undergraduate Accounting or Finance degree from an AACSB-accredited program satisfy this prerequisite by either (i) completion of an undergraduate finance class with a grade of at least B-, or (ii) passing a competency waiver examination that is administered during week 7 of quarter 1. For those with different degrees, the prerequisite is satisfied by passing a competency waiver examination that is administered during week 7 of quarter 1 or by enrolling in FIN 4630. Passage of the waiver exam is required for enrollment in other graduate level Finance courses.
Business, Accounting or Technical Communications (BUS 4310)May be satisfied by completion of an undergraduate Business, Accounting, or Technical Communications class taught in English with a grade of at least B- or by enrolling in BUS 4310.

Specialty Tracks

Set yourself apart from the crowd. Identify a clear path of electives. Develop specialized knowledge for a variety of careers. Specialty tracks help advisors and students develop a degree plan specifically targeted to an area of interest. Tracks are not lockstep, but assist in course selection and general program direction.

Assurance

Develop the skills and knowledge necessary to start your career in business assurance and audit. Obtain a thorough understanding of audit procedures and data utilization in preparation for a number of highly–demanded positions.

Required Course

Advanced Auditing (ACTG 4552)

+ 2 ADDITIONAL COURSES

Forensic Accounting (ACTG 4520)

Data Mining and Visualization (INFO 4340) Data Warehousing (INFO 4240)

Project Management (INFO 4280)

Complex Data Analytics (INFO 4360)

Data Analytics

Prepare for a future role in advisory– based AIS services by coupling accounting and information technology courses. Students will gain a deeper understanding of IT audits, database systems and business analytics.

Required Courses

DB Systems Dvlpt, Audit and Ctrl (ACTG 4176)

+ 2 ADDITIONAL COURSES

Business Intelligence (INFO 4100)

Complex Data Analytics (INFO 4360)

Data Mining and Visualization (INFO 4340)

Health Informatics (INFO 4520)

Predictive Analytics (INFO 4300)

Data Warehousing (INFO 4240)

Project Management (INFO 4280)

Valuation

Blend accounting and finance disciplines by pursuing coursework in financial models and instruments, appraising actual businesses in compliance with AICPA’s SSVS and gaining critical thinking skills to effectively report and audit management estimates.

Required Courses

Valuation and Modeling (ACTG 4740)*

Valuing a Business (ACTG 4750) 

+ 1 ADDITIONAL COURSE

Derivatives (FIN 4860)

Strategic Finance (FIN 4870)

External Financing (FIN 4885)

Security Analysis and Valuation (FIN 4320)

Fixed Income Analysis (FIN 4890)

* May be waived with sufficient knowledge.

Tax

Delve deeper into tax through an integrated Tax curriculum that incorporates both the accounting and legal aspects. Gain specialized knowledge by tapping into tax coursework in the Graduate Tax Program at the Sturm College of Law.

Required Courses

Choose three courses from the Graduate Tax Program. Depending on your background, we recommend Corporate Taxation I, II and III (TAX 4200, 4300, and 4330, respectively), Property Transactions (TAX 4110), and Partnership Taxation (TAX 4320) .Talk to your academic advisor for additional recommendations.

A full list of courses is available at:
www.du.edu/tax/academics/course-descriptions.

Concentrations, Dual Degrees & Certificates

The School of Accountancy offers unique opportunities for MAcc students to simultaneously earn two master-level degrees or to pursue an MBA with an accounting concentration.

For more information about any of these options, please contact a graduate admissions manager.

Concentrations

Consider an MBA with an accounting concentration to expand your studied beyond a master of accountancy.

Graduate Business Certificate: Accountancy

In recent years, corporate America has been rocked by accounting scandals requiring today’s accountants to follow new and more complex regulatory and ethical rules. The Daniels School of Accountancy offers graduate-level certificate programs to keep abreast of these changes and to update your skills.

Each certificate programs consists of four required graduate level courses (16 credit hours). You’ll take the same graduate level concentration courses as MBA or master’s degree students at Daniels, but in a time frame that works best for you.

Certificate Programs Offered»

Course Descriptions»

Experiential Learning

Learning at Daniels gets you out of the classroom and into the field interacting with business leaders, solving real business problems and using your business skills when the stakes are real. You'll emerge from Daniels business sharp, field tested and ready to lead—adaptable to new situations and well-versed in both big-picture strategic thinking and cross-functional intricacies.

Gain Real-world Experience

At Daniels, our deep connections around the world create ample opportunities for you to meet and learn from the top professionals in your industry of interest. 

  • Global Opportunities (GO) Program: Students travel abroad to tackle a real-world project for a partner organization. Many projects focus on sustainable development issues; how to balance profit and growth with social, cultural and environmental implications. Fulfills the Enterprise Solutions requirement.
  • Voices of Experience: Dynamic discussions with business leaders on the challenges and opportunities in today’s business world.
  • Executive and Alumni Mentoring: Gain insight from an executive and/or alumni mentor in your field of interest.

Compete Against the Best

Case competitions provide you with a chance to showcase your critical-thinking, problem-solving and presentation skills—experiencing firsthand the challenges of the business world.

  • Race & Case: Daniels’ signature event that combines an ethics case competition with a ski race.
  • Inclusive Excellence Business Case Competition: Daniels is proud to host one of the country’s few business case competitions focused on diversity. Students tackle a current issue around inclusive excellence, which is a strategic imperative for a participating company.
  • Cable Apprentice Challenge: This unique combination of education and networking with the best and the brightest in the business is a challenge to develop research and analysis tactics to help Comcast Colorado.
  • Association for Corporate Growth Case Competition: A regional business school case competition. The ACG Cup is a case-study competition designed to give students from leading MBA programs invaluable insights into mergers and acquisitions, investment banking, financial advisory and private equity.
  • Aspen Institute's Business & Society International MBA Case Competition: More than 1,000 students from 25 business schools tackle a new case study, authored by the Yale School of Management, requiring innovative thinking at the intersection of corporate profitability and positive social and environmental impacts. You will step into a real-life, time-sensitive scenario demanding integrative decision making—not unlike the challenges that you and your teammates will face as the next generation of business leadership.

International Student Resources

At Daniels we are dedicated to creating an environment of inclusive excellence for all of our students.

  • Our Master of Accountancy program has the second highest number of international alumni working at KPMG in China out of all U.S. schools.
  • Our International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) department works closely with our graduate students to help make the most of their OPT and CPT time.
  • We offer flexibility in our Master of Accountancy program that can enable you to maximize your stay in the U.S.
  • This program has quarterly networking events with international alumni and current international students to discuss important topics such as the process of assimilation and learning about American culture in the workplace.

Faculty

At Daniels, our faculty members are passionate about teaching. As scholars who are deeply engaged in the business world, they excel at bridging the gap between theory and real-world application. The result is an academically rigorous and highly relevant learning experience that prepares you for business realities.

Daniels faculty delivers a high level of instruction with a personal touch. Here, you'll find teachers who know your name and care about your goals. They'll become inspiring mentors who challenge your assumptions, encourage your best effort and connect you with business leaders in Denver and beyond.

Learn more about the Accountancy faculty»


Contact Us

Graduate Admissions Manager

Samantha Nesper
Direct: +1 303.871.4212 
General: +1 303.871.3416

Learn more about the School of Accountancy

GMAT Waiver Policy

The GMAT will be waived if a student has met any of the following requirements:

  1. A graduate degree from a regionally accredited school.
  2. Passed four parts of the CPA exam.
  3. Obtained a bachelor degree in accounting (or business with a major in accounting) from an AACSB accredited university with a GPA of at least 3.25 overall and at least 3.0 in the undergraduate accounting coursework.
  4. Earned a minimum of 3.7 in the first eight hours (or first quarter of eight or more hours) taken towards the graduate business certificate in accountancy.

If you do not meet one or more of the above conditions, consider enrolling in the School of Accountancy’s GMAT Prep Course to fully prepare for the exam. The ten-session course is offered quarterly with discounted pricing available for prospective School of Accountancy students. For information on the next available course, find a GMAT Prep Course or contact Jodye Whitesell.

To have your GMAT or GRE scores reported to Daniels, please use the following codes: GMAT code is MZR-GT-82 and the GRE code is 4842. School of Accountancy awards do not require GMAT.