Master's in Accounting or Taxation

    A full-time, on-campus program starting in May each year

    An MS degree in accounting or taxation from the Leeds School prepares students to provide essential financial services for a wide range of organizations. Accounting and taxation are extremely important to any company because financial information, as analyzed and interpreted by certified public accountants (CPAs), allows executives to make informed business decisions that help companies become more successful. Through our program, students gain core academic skills combined with a practical internship experience, enabling them to be proficient in the “language of business” that is accounting or taxation.

    With an impressive 97%+ graduation rate, the Leeds MS Program in Accounting or Taxation primes graduates to become CPAs both academically, in terms of preparing for the CPA exam, and by meeting the state of Colorado education requirements for CPAs (as well as those of most other states). For 2015, students from the University of Colorado Boulder, Leeds School of Business passed the CPA exam at a rate of 79% for first-time test-takers, which was the #1 ranking for schools in Colorado and #14 nationwide.

    Typically, over 90% of our MS accounting students have a job offer in accounting or financial advisory fields at graduation; and the demand for CU Boulder-educated accountants continues to soar. Many graduates begin careers with public accounting firms in audit, tax, or advisory business services. Others prefer information management, tax, or compliance positions within corporations. Still other opportunities exist in financial management, not-for-profits, and government agencies.

    Our graduates also join an active and engaged alumni network, over 41,000 strong and growing!

    Program Options

    Select from two programs: a five-year concurrent BS/MS program for current Leeds undergraduates that allows qualified students to be admitted to the master's program while still working on their undergraduate requirements; or a stand-alone program for applicants who have completed their undergraduate degrees. Each program is designed to be completed in 9 to 21 months, depending on whether the student wants, and is offered, a busy season (spring semester) internship. Within our programs, choose a track that focuses on financial-related careers or on tax-related careers. For more information, visit