Accreditation & State Authorization

Accreditation & State Authorization

AACSB Accreditation

AACSB International Seal of Accreditation
Top 5% of the World's Business Schools

The College of Business is accredited by AACSB International - the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. This represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide. Only 5% of business schools globally and 30% of business schools nationally have earned this distinction.


The AACSB seal is your assurance of a high quality education. The AACSB periodically reviews accredited schools to assess faculty qualifications, currency of faculty research, program objectives, process of assessing student learning, and the strategic direction of the college. AACSB-accredited schools report they have higher student retention and graduation rates, faculty that have higher levels of performance, and graduates with overall better GPAs. 


AACSB-accredited schools are committed to delivering the best business education and preparing their graduates to excel from day one of their careers. AACSB accreditation means students will receive relevant knowledge, useful skills, access to employers, challenging courses, and a wealth of resources to help them succeed. While our program is rigorous, our small class sizes allow faculty members to get to know students and provide the kind of interaction that helps students succeed. 


Preparing for a career in business requires attending a business school with engaged faculty, impactful research, relevant and challenging curricula, and the highest standards of quality. AACSB accreditation ultimately improves the quality of our business programs and provides a platform for managing the school, tracking progress, and identifying areas for continuous improvement. Our faculty have high academic credentials and constantly monitor the state of the industry through research, consulting and collaboration. 

National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA)

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Professional Licensure Disclosures (NC-SARA)

Students in the Master in Accounting program will be a part of a diverse community of financial professionals who are ready to advance their careers in accounting. Many of your peers are motivated by the goal of passing the CPA exam. The Uniform CPA Exam is required by all fifty states as well as five U.S. territories for anyone wishing to become a U.S. Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

Effective July 1, 2020, new USDOE regulations, 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v) and 34 CFR 668.43 (c)  require disclosures by institutions regarding educational requirements for programs leading to professional licensure or certification, regardless of modality. 34 CFR 668.43(a)(5)(v) requires an institution to disclose whether programs leading to professional licensure or certification meet each state's educational requirements. See the lists below to get a general idea of how well training at UCCS fits with the educational requirements of each state.

Colorado is currently considered a Substantially Equivalent jurisdiction. The concept of Substantial Equivalency was developed to allow licensed CPAs to practice across jurisdictions more readily, meaning a CPA with a CPA license in good standing from a jurisdiction with CPA licensing requirements may be granted a privilege to practice in another jurisdiction that is not the CPA’s principal place of business.  Due to the changing nature of the education requirements, it is recommended that students review these requirements regularly. Students should understand the requirements for sitting for the CPA examination and for CPA licensure.  More information about these state requirements is available at the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy website:, as well as each state board website listed below. 

For students planning to pursue professional licensure and certification requirements outside the state of Colorado, it is highly recommended that you contact the appropriate state licensing entity to ensure the ease of transferring your license and/or licensure requirements. Students are also encouraged to contact their applicable state licensing board(s) to determine whether the program continues to meet requirements for licensure in that state both before enrolling and during the learning experience. Currently, the University is unable to determine if the education provided in this program meet the educational requirements for licensure in the following states/territories:


Licensing Board


Alabama State Board of Accountancy


Board of Public Accountancy

American Samoa

American Samoa Bar Association 


Arizona State Board of Accountancy


Arkansas State Board of Public Accountancy


California Board of Accountancy


Colorado Board of Accountancy


Certified Public Accountants


Board of Accountancy

District of Columbia

Board of Accountancy


Division of Certified Public Accounting


Georgia State Board of Accountancy


Guam Board of Accountancy


Board of Public Accountancy


Idaho State Board of Accountancy


Illinois Board of Examiners


Indiana Board of Accountancy


Iowa Professional Licensing Bureau


Kansas Board of Accountancy


Kentucky Board of Accountancy


State Board of Certified Public Accountants of Louisiana


Board of Accountancy


Maryland Board of Public Accountancy


Board of Public Accountancy


Licensing and Regulatory Affairs


Minnesota Board of Accountancy


Mississippi State Board of Public Accountancy


Board of Accountancy


Board of Public Accountants


Nebraska Board of Public Accountancy


Nevada State Board of Accountancy

New Hampshire

Board of Accountancy

New Jersey

New Jersey State Board of Accountancy

New Mexico

Accountancy Board

New York

Office of the Professions

North Carolina

State Board of Certified Public Accountant Examiners

North Dakota

Board of Accountancy

Northern Mariana Islands

Northern Mariana Islands Board Website


Accountancy Board of Ohio


Oklahoma Accountancy Board


Board of Accountancy


State Board of Accountancy

Puerto Rico

Board of Examiners of Certified Public Accountants

Rhode Island

Board of Accountancy

South Carolina

South Carolina Board of Accountancy

South Dakota

South Dakota Board of Accountancy


Tennessee State Board of Accountancy


Texas State Board of Public Accountancy

U.S. Virgin Islands

Virgin Islands Board of Public Accountancy


Utah Board of Accountancy


Board of Public Accountancy


Virginia Board of Accountancy


Board of Accountancy

West Virginia

West Virginia Board of Accountancy


Accounting Examining Board


Board of Certified Public Accountants