Master of Science in Accounting

The Master of Science in Accounting is a degree for students with a bachelor’s degree in accounting or another closely related field. This program aims to provide strong theoretical foundations and professional skills in the main functional areas of accounting, including financial reporting and assurance, management control and auditing, taxation, and forensic accounting. In addition, this program is designed to help graduates prepare for careers in public accounting, industry, government or not-for-profit organizations. Accountants and auditors help to ensure that organizations are run more efficiently, public records are kept more accurately, and taxes are paid properly and on time.

Relevant Institutional/Programmatic Accreditation
CTU is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
This business degree program at CTU is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

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  • Checkmark icon Total Credits  48

This program is available at the following campuses and/or online: Online, Colorado Springs & Denver

Program Details

Program Outline
Career Paths
Alumni Experience
Employer Experience
  • Program Outline

    The core courses for the Master of Science in Accounting degree are focused on providing a holistic overview of industry-relevant skills to those who aspire to work in accounting. Core courses include:

    • Applied Managerial Accounting
    • Taxation and Business Decisions
    • Advanced Cost Accounting
    • Financial Reporting
    • Accounting Information Systems
    • Advanced Auditing
    • Management Control and Auditing
    • Forensic Accounting
    • International Financial Reporting Standards
    • Applied Managerial Economics
    • Applied Managerial Finance
    • Applied Managerial Decision-Making

    View this degree in the catalog for a full course listing.

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  • Career Paths

    If you want to achieve more in your career, you have to own every opportunity— starting with the right master’s degree. Potential career paths for those who earn a Master of Science in Accounting degree include:1

    • Accountant
    • Senior Accountant
    • Accounting Manager
    • Tax Manager
    • Staff Accountant
    • Credit Analyst
    • Audit Manager
    • Senior Tax Associate
    • Internal Auditor
    • Senior Tax Manager
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  • Alumni Experience

    Starting in 2012, CTU began a longitudinal study of the impact of higher education on its graduates’ career progression. Each year the study surveys alumni who graduated from CTU one, three, five, and ten years prior. The results are specific to each degree. Below are areas the alumni were asked about.2

    Satisfaction with Colorado Technical University Rating (%)*
    Satisfaction with experience at CTU
    Likely to recommend CTU to a friend or colleague
    Instructors appeared knowledgeable in their subject matter
    CTU’s program prepared me to pursue a career in my field
    My education has helped me advance my career
    Satisfaction with Colorado Technical University Rating (%)*
    Engage in creative problem solving
    Understand all sides of an issue or challenge
    Team up with co-workers to solve issues and challenges
    Communicate effectively with co-workers
    Communicate effectively with my manager

    *Percentage of respondents who agreed that CTU equipped them for skill or competency

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  • Employer Experience

    Since 2010, CTU has measured the experience of employers with recent CTU graduates on their staff to better understand how to deliver a curriculum to students that provide the broadest opportunities for career growth. The results are specific to each degree. Below are areas employees were asked about in regards to their CTU Alumni employees.3,4

    Employer Experience Rating (%)*
    Likelihood that an employer of a CTU grad would hire another
    CTU graduates performed as well or better than other employees
    CTU graduates prepared as well or better than other employees to work at their job5
    Employers' Ranking of CTU Graduates' Skills & Competencies Rating (%)*
    Analyze data effectively
    Demonstrate appropriate problem-solving skills on the job
    Can be trusted to communicate appropriately with senior leadership at organization5
    Can be trusted to write a report (or other communication) without managerial editorial input
    Demonstrate understanding of communications written to them
    Are able to negotiate compromises
    Take direction well
    Work effectively in a team environment
    Coordinate team projects effectively
    Manage conflicts effectively
    Provide input on planning for business
    Take initiative to lead projects5
    Think about how their projects will impact the business5

    *Percentage of respondents who agreed or strongly agreed

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1; The career titles are provided by Burning Glass. These results are based upon an analysis of over 7 million current job listings compiled from over 17,000 sources – the world’s most comprehensive repository of job openings. Students who earn this degree should not view this list as exhaustive and are not limited to only these options post-graduation. Some career titles listed above may not be entry-level and may require further education or job experience.

2Alumni Survey - 2012 CTU Alumni Career Progression Research: Survey of CTU alumni who graduated in designated years between 2002 and 2011.

3Employer Survey - 2012 CTU Employer Experience Research: Survey of CTU alumni who graduated in designated years between 2002 and 2011.

4Employer Survey - 2011 CTU Employer Experience Research: Survey of 2010 CTU graduates.

5Employer Survey - 2012 CTU Employer Experience Research: Survey of 2011 CTU graduates.

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