Studying Masters in Accounting at Regis

The non-traditional M.S. in Accounting (MSA) program at Regis University in Denver, Colorado has a strong foundation in ethics, which is in high demand. Courses are offered online and in classrooms on our campus. The 8-week program is designed to be flexible, allowing you to focus on classes that will support your career goals.
The accelerated Master of Science in Accounting degree is designed for students interested in broadening and deepening their skills in accounting.
Classroom Online Accelerated


Degree Overview

The non-traditional M.S. in Accounting (MSA) program has a strong foundation in ethics, which is in high demand by corporations and accounting licensing bodies. The accounting degree focuses on the expanded knowledge base required in today's business world and provides the necessary course work to meet the "150 credit hour" requirements to sit for the CPA exam and/or the requirements for the CMA designation. Both on-campus (one weeknight per week) and online (asynchronous) courses are offered.

The 8-week MSA degree is a ten-course, 30 credit-hour graduate program (with an additional six foundation courses in undergraduate business and accounting if needed)*. It is designed to be flexible, allowing you to focus on classes that will support your career goals. Building upon the foundation you already have in accounting techniques, ethics and industry technologies, your academic advisor will work with you to customize your accounting degree plan to fit your goals and special interests.

As a graduate of the non-traditional MSA program, you will have a well-rounded education that affords you access to a number of available career paths including opportunities as an accountant, auditor, cost accountant or financial analyst.

Program Prerequisites (Foundation Courses)*

Students who do not have previous experience in finance and accounting may be required to take 18 credit hours of prerequisite courses. Transcript evaluation and approval by your Academic Advisor will determine whether or not you meet the requirements. The following courses may be required depending on your previous experience and appropriate demonstrated academic proficiency:

  • Business Finance (FIN 400 or BA 430)
  • Auditing Principles & Procedures (AC 480)
  • Principles of Accounting I (AC 320A)
  • Principles of Accounting II  (AC 320B)
  • Intermediate Accounting I (AC 410A)
  • Intermediate Accounting II (AC 410B)

A Path to the CPA Examination

Beyond your preparation within our accounting classes, eligible accelerated graduates who intend to sit for their CPA are offered privileged access to Becker™ CPA Exam Review courses through a $400 partner discount. Contact your Academic Advisor or Accounting faculty.

Program Start Dates

January, March, May, June, August, October (non-traditional courses taught in 8-week terms, starting every 8 weeks)

Printable Fact Sheet: To download a printable fact sheet with details about required classes, admissions requirements and start dates, please visit our fact sheet library. Prospective students, the best source for the most current information is an Admissions Counselor. (Current students should contact an Academic Advisor in the College of Business and Economics.)

Program Requirements

Foundation Requirements (18 credit hours)
(may be waived depending on prior experience/education)
AC 3200 Principles of Accounting I
AC 3210 Principles of Accounting II
AC 4100 Intermediate Accounting I
AC 4110 Intermediate Accounting II
AC 4800 Auditing Principles & Procedures
BA 4100 Business Finance 
MT 270/MT 270C – Introduction to Statistics  
Requirements (9 credit hours) 
AC 6020 Interpreting Accounting Information
AC 6040 Financial Communication
AC 6230 Issues in Accounting Ethics or AC 4910 – Accounting Ethics
AC 6290 Business Planning and Strategy
Accounting Electives (18 credit hours)
AC 6030 Financial Reporting Policy & Practice
AC 6050 Advanced Auditing
AC 6070 Accounting for Non-Profit & Government Organizations
AC 6080 International Accounting
AC 6090 Case Studies in Management Accounting
AC 6100 Controllership
AC 6110 Tax Influence on Business Decision Making
AC 6140 IT Auditing
AC 6150 Income Tax Research
AC 6170 Accounting Information Systems
AC 6190 Forensic & Fraud Audit
AC 6210 Financial Applications for XBRL & Interactive Data
AC 6980 Internship
AC 6220 Advanced Accounting  
CBE 6030 Business Intelligence and Analytics  


Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list above and you should contact an admissions counselor at 800.944.7667 for recent changes and updates. (Current students, contact an Academic Advisor in the College of Business and Economics).

To download a printable fact sheet with program details, click here.

How to Apply

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Admission Criteria

Regis University’s College of Business and Economics is dedicated to delivering a world-class business education founded on individualized, values-based, experiential learning.  We seek to attract aspiring business leaders who demonstrate a passion for addressing today’s complex economic, environmental, and social challenges with an ethical and innovative approach that addresses urgent civil needs.

We base our admissions evaluation on the totality of information available in the admissions application. No single factor (GPA performance, essay, letters of recommendation, work experience or test scores) is the deciding factor for admission. We consider each application holistically, and take into account factors such as experience, fit with Regis University’s mission, aspirations, values, and accomplishments.

Applicants must possess a baccalaureate degree either from a U.S. regionally accredited institution or equivalent if bachelor’s is from outside the U.S.

Materials Needed for Application and Admission*

  • Complete the online graduate application
  • Application fee: $50.00 non-refundable application fee (waived for Regis University graduates)
  • 3.0 GPA or higher in most recent 30 hours of accredited academic coursework required. All credits used to calculate GPA must be from a regionally accredited institution.  Official degree-bearing transcripts must be sent directly from your previously attended school to the Regis University Admissions Office (see below for address).
  • Current resume
  • Admission essay (instructions to upload your completed essay are included in the online application)
  • Our Admissions Committee encourages all applicants to take the GMAT or GRE. Other factors may be considered in lieu of the GMAT/GRE and are listed below. Official GMAT or GRE scores from tests completed within the past 5 years are necessary when submitting test scores.
GMAT/GRE Waiver Options
  • If applicant possesses a graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution, the GMAT/GRE is waived. 
  • If applicant has demonstrated two or more years or more of full-time professional work or military experience, including three years or more of project management/supervisory responsibility, an applicant may request an exception to the above requirements. 
  • If applicant has other relevant professional certification(s)*, strong career progression, or professional leadership experience, a GMAT/GRE waiver may be considered. 
  • If applicant possess an undergraduate degree from Regis University, the GMAT/GRE may be waived with two letters of recommendation from Regis University faculty.
*Examples of professional certifications that may be considered for GMAT/GRE test score waiver include, but are not limited to, SHRM-CP, Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Chartered Financial Accountant (CFA), Six Sigma Black Belt or Green Belt, or Project Management Professional (PMP). Additional admission requirements apply to international students who are non-U.S. citizens or received their undergraduate degrees outside the U.S.  More information can be found here

NOTE: Applications that are incomplete and/or missing information will NOT be processed. An applicant not meeting the above requirements may submit a request for special consideration by the Admissions Committee.

Send Transcripts to:

Regis University
Office of Admissions
Mail Code: A-12
3333 Regis Boulevard
Denver, CO 80221-1099

Electronic transcripts may be sent to

Applications are due one month prior to start date. Visit the academic calendar to view start dates.

*Your application file including all requirements, documents and fees, must be completed by the application deadline.


Visit our Cost of Attendance page to see the tuition and fee schedule for the Graduate- Finance and Accounting tab.