Master of Science in Accounting

Effective July 3, 2018, this program is no longer available for future enrollments.

The Master of Science in Accounting (MSACCT) is a 48-credit-hour program offered online and at the Colorado campuses. The Master of Science in Accounting is a degree for students with a bachelor’s degree in accounting or other closely related fields.

This program is designed to help graduates prepare to pursue careers in public accounting, industry, government, or nonprofit organizations by providing the opportunity to develop strong theoretical foundations and professional skills in the main functional areas of accounting including financial reporting and assurance; management control; auditing, taxation, and forensic accounting. This program is not designed to prepare students for the CPA or CMA examination or any other certification exam, yet covers the knowledge areas of the uniform CPA and CMA certification.


This program does not lead to additional licensure or certification.  As such, CTU has made no determination regarding prerequisites for licensure or certification in any state or jurisdiction.

Mission Statement

Colorado Technical University's mission is to provide industry relevant higher education to a diverse student population through innovative technology and experienced faculty, enabling the pursuit of personal and professional goals.

Program Accreditation and Alignments

Accounting courses at CTU align with the educational standards of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). The student who meets the unique content and hours requirements of the State Board of Accounting in their state’s Application for CPA Licensure is qualified to sit for the CPA exam. This program curriculum also integrates the competencies and body of knowledge in the Certified Managerial Accounting (CMA) exam.


Master of Science in Accounting Program Outcomes

  • Address the changing financial laws and regulations, and increased scrutiny of company finances
  • Assume the role of a personal financial advisor to the business
  • Offer financial management and consulting services while taking on a greater advisory role
  • Perform an audit review and prepare the appropriate documentation
  • Describe how accounting information is used in implementing management policy
  • Utilize accounting information to evaluate how to organize the business for managerial control
  • Discuss the ethical implications of taxation and business decisions
  • Develop a practical understanding and application of specific actions, processes, and techniques needed to move into the “next generation” of organizations
  • Develop financial reports to meet business expansion needs
  • Apply product costing techniques in the development of a master budget from a strategic perspective

Degree Requirements

Courses: Core

ACCT614Applied Managerial Accounting


ACCT618Taxation and Business Decisions


ACCT628Financial Reporting


ACCT644Management Control and Auditing



ECON616Applied Managerial Economics




FINC615Applied Managerial Finance


MGMT600Applied Managerial Decision-Making


Total Credit Hours: 48

Area of Study

  • Business & Management

Degree Level

  • Master