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.

Prerequisite Courses: 

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

If you have not completed your prerequisite courses, please contact:

Alysson Biermaier (she/her/hers)
MS Degrees Program Manager

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 unofficial copies 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, including 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. 
  3. One letter 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. Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) scores are optional for MS Accounting and MS Taxation applicants.
    • If you feel that your application materials would materially benefit from a GMAT score, you should still consider taking the test. You have the option of taking the test and learning your score prior to sending it to schools of your choice.
    • We recommend applicants with GPAs below 3.0 submit the GMAT.
    • If you choose to submit scores, they must be less than five years old as of the application deadline.
    • Please have official scores sent directly to CU by the testing agency. The school code is 4841. The minimum recommended score is 550. Contact GMAT ( for information about the exam.
  5. TOEFL Scores – All students are required to be proficient in English. If English is not your native language, please take the TOEFL exam. We do not accept IELTS. 
    A minimum score of 100 (internet Based Test) or 600 (Paper Based Test) is required by the department.  You are not required to submit TOEFL scores if: 
    • Your native language is English; or
    • 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 (i.e. Australia, U.K. etc.) within two years of when you will begin your studies. ​
  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 and international applicants is $70 USD. You may pay with a credit card when you apply online. 

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