Post-Baccalaureate Studies in Accounting

The Master of Science in Accounting prepares traditional students for the 150 hours of college credit required to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), which is required in Colorado since 2015, as well as other states. The hands-on learning experience focuses on advanced accounting skills and career preparation.

Accounting (Traditional)

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The traditional Master of Science in Accounting fulfills important requirements for becoming a Certified Public Accountant in Colorado and many other states. These include 150 hours of college credit and courses in accounting ethics and advanced auditing. In addition to fulfilling these requirements, the degree offers a hands-on, classroom based learning experience that focuses on advanced accounting skills and career preparation.

The traditional curriculum will follow a semester model and includes 30‐hours of required courses culminating in a final graduate project. In addition to advanced accounting courses, courses address accounting ethics, business communications, career success and working with service-focused organizations. These courses will emphasize the importance of understanding the impact of one’s actions on others. Case studies and experiential exercises will also prepare the students for situations that will challenge them during their career.

In addition to in‐class activities, traditional students will be required to complete an internship or support a small business or community organization that needs accounting and business guidance. The capstone class uses a simulation that requires students to use their training to manage a corporation’s strategy. In addition to class work and the internship, the final project will involve evaluating the social responsibility efforts of a corporation, government agency, or non‐profit from an accounting perspective. The focus will be on analyzing, evaluating and supporitng an organization's ability to operate sustainably in terms of profit, environment, and social impact.

Current traditional undergraduate Accounting students can enroll in the masters program, extending their studies by two additional semesters:

  • 9 hours of graduate level courses during their senior year
  • 9 hours of graduate level courses during the summer after undergraduate graduation
  • 12 hours of gradauate level courses during the fall semester

New traditional students will complete 12 hours in the fall, 12 in the spring, and six hours in the summer semesters.

IS REGIS’ Accounting (Traditional) ACCREDITED?

Regis University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), one of six regional higher education institutional accreditors in the United States.

Program Requirements

Listed below are the required courses for completion of the traditional Master of Science in Accounting Degree. Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list below and you should contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126 for recent changes and updates.

Required Courses (30 credit hours)
MSAA 602 Interpreting Accounting Information
AC 405 (MSAA 605*) Advanced Auditing
MSAA 607 Accounting for Nonprofit & Government Organizations
MSAA 615 Income Tax Research
MSAA 617 Accounting Information Systems
MSAA 698E-W MSA Internship
MSAC 695 Business Planning and Strategy
AC 420 (MSAC 620*) Advanced Accounting
AC 491 (MSAA 691*) Accounting Ethics
MSAA 606 Financial Communications
Final MSA Project

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.

*These courses will be taught at both a 400‐level and a 600‐level so that students who are not enrolled in the masters program can still take the course as required under the new law effective July 1, 2015. Existing traditional undergraduate students can take the 600‐level version of this course in their senior year to count toward both their 128 hours of undergraduate work and 30 hours of graduate work.

How to Apply

Take the next step in receiving a values-based education at Regis by visiting the admissions page to learn more about application deadlines, checklists and requirements.

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A $50 fee is due with application, which is waived for current Regis University students. A $350 deposit is due once a student is accepted. Current traditional juniors accepted into the program will not be required to pay the deposit until their senior year.

The tuition for this program is $810 per semester hour, with a total cost of $24,300 for all 30 semester hours. This program qualifies for financial aid.

Accepted traditional seniors have the opportunity to take nine semester hours during their final year as an undergraduate at the undergraduate tuition rate. The final 21 semester hours will be completed as a graduate student, with a total tuition cost of $17,010.


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