Concurrent BSBA/MSBA Accounting

Overview

The concurrent BSBA Accounting and MSBA Accounting degree program responds to the educational requirements for Certified Public Accountants (CPAs). Although Colorado currently requires only 120 credit hours to take the CPA exam, recent changes in legislation will require 150 credit hours, beginning July 1, 2015. Most other jurisdictions require 150 credit hours to sit for the CPA exam.

The concurrent BSBA/MSBA degree program is a five year, 150 credit program. Students earn a BSBA in Business Administration (120 credits) with an emphasis in Accounting or Finance, and a MSBA in Business Administration in Accounting, in either the Financial (30 credits) or Taxation (31 credits) tracks.

Admissions Criteria

The minimum admission criteria include an overall cumulative GPA of 3.0, a cumulative business GPA of 3.00, completion of prerequisite accounting courses (Corp I, Corp II, and Cost Management), and completion of any MAPS deficiencies. The average GMAT score of accepted applicants is 610. We will consider the highest of two attempts at the GMAT. Some discretion will be applied in evaluating the accomplishments of applicants, though admissions are competitive.

Applicants must have completed ACCT 3220, ACCT 3230, and ACCT 3320 prior to enrolling in 5000 level courses.

Students may apply at the end of their third year. The annual application deadline is July 15, 2013

Application

There is no application fee or deposit. We do not require letters of recommendation.

The annual application deadline is July 15.

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We do require an up-to-date Academic Progress Report from Undergraduate Advising, and a current unofficial transcript.

Curriculum

Not all courses are offered each semester. Prerequisite course may be designated for particular courses. Please check the University of Colorado catalog for course descriptions.

Course Requirements

Value

Up to 12 credit hours may be used as overlap courses to satisfy both the undergraduate and graduate degree requirements.

Students have the opportunity to gain work experience and earn up to three credits through a paid internship, freeing up students to select additional courses to enhance their professional readiness.

Graduates are qualified to sit for the CPA exam in Colorado upon graduating. For qualification status in other states, please confer with Jay Ballantine, ballantj@colorado.edu

Finance Track

  • ACCT 5440: Income Taxation
  • BSLW 5120: Advanced Business Law
  • ACCT 5620: Auditing and Assurance Services
  • ACCT 5700: International Financial Reporting Standards
  • ACCT 6620: Business Risk & Decision Analysis in Auditing
  • ACCT 6350: Current Issues in Professional Accounting (Capstone Course)

Finance Track Electives

  • ACCT 5240: Advanced Financial Accounting
  • ACCT 5250: Financial Statement Analysis
  • ACCT 5330: Advanced Cost Management
  • ACCT 5540 Accounting Information Systems
  • ACCT 5820: Topics in Business – currently Oil & Gas Accounting
  • ACCT 5825: Taxation of Business Entities (Tax II)
  • ACCT 5827: Social Responsibility Reporting
  • ACCT 6900: Independent Research Project/Internship

Taxation Track

  • ACCT 5440: Income Taxation
  • BSLW 5120: Advanced Business Law
  • ACCT 5620: Auditing and Assurance Services
  • ACCT 5700: International Financial Reporting Standards
  • ACCT 6620: Business Risk and Decision Analysis in Auditing
  • ACCT 6420: Research and Writing in Income Taxation
  • ACCT 6430: Taxation of Partnerships (Taken at Law School)
  • ACCT 6700: Income Taxation (Taken at Law School)
  • ACCT 6450: Taxation of Corporations (Taken at Law School)
  • ACCT 6350: Current Issues in Professional Accounting (Capstone Course)

Taxation Track Electives

  • ACCT 5825: Taxation of Business Entities (Tax II)
  • ACCT 6900: Independent Research Project/Internship

Faculty

David Frederick
Associate Professor
303.492.8372
Koelbel S450E
Joshua Neil
Instructor
Jonathan Rogers
Associate Professor
Michael Jared Willis
Senior Instructor
303.492.7541
Curriculum Vitae

Contacts

  • Renee Hall, Ph.D.
    MSBA Accounting Program Director
    renee.hall@colorado.edu
    303.492.2379
  • Geri Lameman
    MSBA Accounting Program Assistant
    lameman@colorado.edu
    303.735.5161
  • Jay Ballantine
    Senior Instructor
    ballantj@colorado.edu
    303.492.4931

MSBA Accounting Information Sessions

  • Monday, February 3, 2014,
    Koelbel 230, 5:00-5:50pm
  • Monday, March 3, 2014,
    Koelbel 230, 5:00-5:50pm
  • Monday, April 7, 2014,
    Koelbel 230, 5:00-5:50pm

Accounting Workshops

CPA Exam Information Session

  • Learn all about the CPA exam, including format, requirements, application process, etc.
  • Contact: Jay Ballantine
    jay.ballantine@colorado.edu