The accounting program prepares students for entry into careers in public accounting, industry, tax and the government sector, as well as graduate education and lifelong learning. The field of accounting is moving rapidly toward a greater emphasis in the areas of information systems, management consulting and organizational change. Accountants can obtain a variety of professional certifications, including Certified Public Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Information Systems Auditor and Certified Management Accountant. Each professional certification program includes rigorous education, examination, experience and ethics requirements.
Successful accounting students possess these skills and attributes:
Ability to organize, analyze, and interpret numerical data;strategic and critical thinking skills; proficiency in oral and written communications with ability to explain complex financial data to others; ability to apply current technology; knowledge of financial and economic history, practices, and trends; ability to work collaboratively as well as independently; understanding of the methods for creating, leading, and managing change in organizations.
Approximately 900 students currently major in accounting at MSU Denver, making it the largest undergraduate accounting program in Colorado. MSUD accounting graduates have consistently exceeded national averages for CPA exam performance and are well represented throughout the metropolitan Denver accounting community.