The MS Accounting and MS Taxation Programs welcome highly motivated applicants from a variety of backgrounds.

Like many other graduate business programs we will review all parts of your application before making a decision. Unfortunately we are not able to evaluate your profile before a complete application is submitted.

MS Accounting Admissions Criteria:

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.  Applicants are required to satisfy the equivalent of each of the following prerequisite courses prior to starting the program. If all courses are not complete at the time of application, applications may remain pending until grades in these courses are reported.
Prerequisite Courses: 

•    ACCT 3220 Corporate Financial Reporting I
•    ACCT 3230 Corporate Financial Reporting II
•    ACCT 3320 Cost Management/Accounting
•    ACCT 3440 Income Taxation of Individuals

The following items are required for a complete application for admission to the MS Accounting and Taxation Program at the University of Colorado:

  1. Complete the online application .
  2. For review and decision purposes you are required to upload an unofficial copy of your transcript(s) in the online application. We require one copy of the scanned transcript from each undergraduate and graduate institution that you attended. This includes community colleges, summer sessions, and extension programs. While credits from one institution may appear on the transcript of a second institution, unofficial transcripts must be submitted from each institution, regardless of the length of attendance, and whether or not courses were completed.  Failure to list and submit transcripts from all institutions previously attended is considered to be a violation of academic ethics and may result in the cancellation of your admission or dismissal from the university.  ONLY after you are recommended for admission will you need to provide official transcripts. Instructions on how to upload transcripts are available here.
  3. Two letters of recommendation from faculty or employers who can address your capacity for graduate coursework. When you complete the online admission application, you will be asked to provide the names and addresses of your recommenders. Secured links are mailed directly to recommenders upon submission of your application.
  4. GMAT Scores – All Applicants must submit official Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) scores. GMAT scores must be less than five years old as of application deadline. Official scores must be sent directly to CU by the testing agency. The school code is 4841. The minimum score required is 550. Contact GMAT (www.mba.com) for information about the exam.
    1. We are currently accepting petitions for GMAT score waivers based on the following:
      1. Academic/Professional background and experience
      2. COVID-19 related circumstances
    2. If you would like to petition for a waiver, please submit a document outlining the nature of your petition. This document should be uploaded in place of the GMAT score in the application portal. Waivers are not guaranteed and must be approved by the admissions committee.
    3. Please note: if you feel that your application materials would materially benefit from a GMAT score, you should still consider taking the test. You do have the option of taking the test and learning your score prior to sending it to schools of your choice.
  5. TOEFL Scores – All students are required to be proficient in English. TOEFL scores are required if your native language is not English. You are not required to submit TOEFL scores if 1) your native language is English; or 2) at the time of application, and within two years of admission term, you have completed at least one year of full-time study at a U.S. institution, or at an institution in a country where English is the native language. A minimum TOEFL score of 100 (internet Based Test) or 600 (Paper Based Test)is required by the department. IELTS is not acceptable.
  6. Current Resume 
  7. Personal Statement – Applicants should discuss their academic interests as well as their career objectives. This is also an opportunity to present your unique qualifications for applying to the MS Accounting or MS Taxation Program.
  8. Application Fee - The application fee for domestic applicants is $70 and for international applicants is $70 USD. When you apply online you may pay with a credit card.

Application Deadlines:

Domestic Applicants * International Applicants
Fall Semester: March 31 Fall Semester: March 1
Spring Semester: October 31 Spring Semester: October 1

These are dates by which the application including all supporting documents must be submitted.

*Domestic Applicants:  The MS Accounting and Taxation application committee continues to accept applications on a rolling basis until program capacity has been reached or until approximately one month before the start of the semester.
International Applicants: International deadlines are strictly followed due to the processing time for U.S. visas.

Tuition Costs

 Tuition rate sheets are posted at the CU Bursar’s website.  Please find tuition rates under the Professional Graduate Tuition and Fee Rates section, then "In-State Tuition and Fees." Look in the column under Professional MS in Business. 

Questions about the program may be directed to leedsmsa@colorado.edu.