Academic Catalog 2019-2020 
    Feb 04, 2023  
Academic Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Master of Science in Accounting

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The M.S. in Accounting is intended for those students who plan to pursue their Certified Public Accounting (CPA) credential. The program is designed to equip future business and nonprofit leaders and managers with a Christian worldview, leadership skills and technology-base that includes: accounting ethics, accounting research, advanced auditing (accounting information systems within a forensic framework), and advanced tax accounting. This program is reserved for students who have an undergraduate degree in accounting and is in compliance with the Colorado State Board of Accountancy education requirements.  You may find more information about attaining your CPA at: and

Admission to the Master of Science in Accounting

Admission to the Master of Science (M.S.) in Accounting program is selective. Applicants are evaluated on the basis of previous academic performance and a strong desire to complete graduate-level work in a Christ-centered, biblically based community is important. All M.S. Accounting admissions decisions are made by and only by Colorado Christian University.

Admission Requirements:

  • Completed online application form (including essay, transcripts, and fees) at
  • Valid state-issued driver’s license or state-issued ID card or passport.
  • Earned Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from a regionally accredited institution.
  • A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants with an undergraduate grade point average between 2.0 and 2.49 will be admitted on a conditional admit (CAD) basis for the first semester.  CAD students must maintain a 3.0 GPA or better in their first nine (9) credits to remain in the program.

Time Limitation

The Master of Science in Accounting program is a 30 credit-hour degree designed to be completed within 18-24 months of intensive accelerated adult graduate study by persons who work or are otherwise occupied by the equivalent of a full time job. 

All work applied toward a master’s degree must be completed within a four-year period from the date of enrollment. After the four-year period, an M.S. Accounting student who has not completed the requirements to graduate will be withdrawn from the program. Students who go beyond the four-year period and wish to complete their Master of Science in Accounting degree will be required to apply for reconsideration by completing a Petition for Exception to Academic Policy. Readmitted students will be required to adhere to the degree plans and academic policies in place at the time they are readmitted. 

Graduation Requirements for the Master of Science in Accounting

The faculty recommends students in the Master of Science in Accounting degree to the Board of Trustees as candidates for graduation when they have completed the following requirements.

  1. Completion of 30 credit hours.
  2. A letter grade of C- or better and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher on the University’s 4.0 grade scale in all CCU course work.
  3. Formal and timely application for graduation by the date specified by the University Registrar.
  4. No outstanding financial obligations to the University.

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