Going for a 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 M.S. in Accounting degree is designed for students interested in broadening and deepening their skills in accounting. The program provided important college credit requirements to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). In addition to class work, the hands-on learning experience focuses on advanced accounting skills and career preparation.
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The M.S. in Accounting (MSA) program has a strong foundation in ethics, which is in high demand by corporations and accounting licensing bodies. The MSA 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 and online (asynchronous) courses are offered.

The MSA degree is a 10-course, 30 credit-hour graduate program offered in both traditional 16-week and accelerated 8-week formats. (An additional six foundation courses in undergraduate business and accounting may be required, depending on your prior work experience and education. See courses listed in the Program Requirements tab.) It is designed to be flexible, allowing you to focus on classes that will support your career goals. Whether or not you have already built a foundation 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.

In addition to advanced accounting courses, the curriculum addresses accounting ethics, business communications, career success and working with service-focused organizations. These courses emphasize the importance of understanding the impact of one's actions on others. Case studies and experiential exercises will also prepare you for situations that will challenge you during your career.

As a graduate of the 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.

Current undergraduate Accounting students can enroll in the masters program, extending their studies by two additional semesters. (Check with your Academic Advisor):

  • 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 graduate-level courses during the fall semester
  • (New students can complete 12 hours in the fall, 12 in the spring, and 6 hours in the summer semesters)

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.

Is Regis’ M.S. in Accounting Accredited?

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

Program Start Dates

January, March, May, June, August, October.

Program Requirements

Foundation Requirements (0 - 18 credit hours)
Some or all foundation courses may be waived depending on prior work experience and 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 and Procedures
BA 4100 Business Finance
Accounting Requirements (9 credit hours)
AC 6020 Interpreting Accounting Information
AC 6040 Financial Communication
AC 6230 (or AC 6910) Issues in Accounting Ethics (or Accounting Ethics)
Accounting Electives - 6 courses selected from the following (18 credit hours):
AC 6030 Financial Reporting Policy and Practice
AC 6050 Advanced Auditing
AC 6070 Accounting for Non-Profit and 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 6120 Sustainability and CSR for Accounting
AC 6140 IT Auditing
AC 6150 Income Tax Research
AC 6170 Accounting Information Systems
AC 6190 Forensic and Fraud Audit
AC 6210 Financial Applications XBRL and Interactive Data
AC 6220 Advanced Accounting
AC 6992 (or AC 6993) Accounting Internship I (or Accounting Internship II)
CBE 6030 Business Intelligence and Analytics - or any 6000-level course in the College of Business and Economics
Optional Specialization (0 - 12 credit hours)
Financial Accounting Specialization
AC 6030 Financial Reporting Policy and Practice
AC 6050 Advanced Auditing
AC 6070 Accounting for Nonprofit and Government Organizations
AC 6080 International Accounting
AC 6100 Controllership
AC 6110 Tax Influence in Business Decision-Making
AC 6170 Accounting Information Systems
AC 6220 Advanced Accounting
Fraud/Forensic Auditing Specialization
AC 6050 Advanced Auditing
AC 6140 IT Auditing
AC 6190 Forensic and Fraud Audit
CBE 6030 Business Intelligence and Analytics
Managerial Specialization
AC 6030 Financial Reporting Policy and Practice
AC 6090 Case Studies in Management Accounting
AC 6100 Controllership
AC 6170 Accounting Information Systems
IT Accounting Specialization
AC 6140 IT Auditing
AC 6170 Accounting Information Systems
AC 6210 Financial Applications XBRL and Interactive Data
CBE 6030 Business Intelligence and Analytics
Capstone Requirement (3 credit hours)
AC 6290 Business Planning and Strategy
TOTAL DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 30 CREDIT HOURS

Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list above, and prospective students should contact an admissions counselor at 800.944.7667 for recent changes and updates. Current business students, contact your Academic Advisor.

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

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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)
  • 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
  • Completion of business foundation courses (listed in the Program Requirements tab) or demonstration of mastery at equivalent undergraduate level. (If not complete, student may be provisionally accepted)

Once all documentation has been received, an Admissions Committee reviews the application and the committee makes an admission recommendation. (GMAT/GRE may be required at the discretion of the committee.)

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.

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

Electronic transcripts may be sent to sendtranscripttoRU@regis.edu

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.

Tuition

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