Masters Degree FAQs
Master's Degree FAQs
The UCCS MSA program requires a minimum of 30 credit hours of graduate coursework contingent upon the completion of an undergraduate accounting degree or a business degree with an emphasis in accounting. Students who do not have a background in accounting may pursue the MBA with an Accounting emphasis or the graduate certificate in Accounting.
The Goal Statement is your chance to address the Admissions Committee. You should explain why you want to pursue a Master's degree and what you bring to the program. This is also a good place to address any weaknesses in your application (i.e., low test score, lack of work experience, inconsistent undergraduate grades, etc.). You may also cover any professional licenses that may contribute to your application in your statement. The Goal Statement does not have any length requirements but is generally one to two (1-2) pages.
The Admissions Committee looks at the applicant's entire application package and evaluates a student based on the big picture. Although letters of recommendation are optional, they are encouraged for applicants whose test score or GPA is below our published average.
Although the Admissions Committee looks at all scores, the total score submitted from the GMAT is an important factor in our application process. The range for the GMAT total score is 200 to 800. The average GMAT score of admitted applicants to the UCCS Graduate School of Business Administration programs is 560.
On the GRE, there are three scored sections. The two sections with strong significance in the application process are the Verbal and Quantitative sections, both with a score range of 130 to 170. Applicants with a score of 152 or better on each section are strong candidates for our program.
Take one of these exams at least one month prior to the application deadline for the semester for which you are applying. Although you will get an unofficial score report as soon as you finish testing, the official score report takes 2-3 weeks to reach us. Applicants are advised to fax unofficial score reports to our office to expedite the admissions process. The Graduate Office fax line is: (719) 255-3100.
The two primary factors are prior academic performance in your completed undergraduate degree as reflected in your official transcripts, and scores on a standardized graduate school entrance exam. The GMAT or the GRE are the two standardized tests we accept.
The MSA program requires the completion of a four-year undergraduate degree in accounting or business with an emphasis in accounting from a regionally accredited institution.
Please review the admissions requirements:
Yes. To apply, you will need a 4-year bachelor's degree, or its equivalent, from a regionally accredited institution. Your undergraduate degree does not have to be in business, although many of your classmates will have an undergraduate business degree. For students without a business background up to three business foundation courses will serve as critical leveling coursework, preparing you for the core and elective classes.
Yes. The Graduate School of Business Administration is accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Only 5% of all business schools worldwide hold this prestigious accreditation. AACSB accreditation is an assurance that students will be part of a high-quality program.
The average completion time is 2 to 3 years. However, students may complete the general business MBA in as little as 18 months or the MSA program in 12 months. Completion time depends upon factors such as average coursework attempted per semester, prerequisites completed, etc. Please contact our office with specific questions.
Yes. Students can petition to bring in up to 6 credit hours of transfer work from another AACSB accredited graduate business program. Individual courses will be evaluated by our faculty and must meet certain age and grade requirements to be approved for transfer. Contact the Graduate Office for more information. (Coursework used to satisfy foundation requirements is not considered transfer work and may be completed at any regionally-accredited college or university).
The total investment in the UCCS MBA or MSA degree will vary depending on a student's residency status, the number of required foundation courses, the course load per semester and whether the courses are taken through campus or distance mode of delivery. The current tuition table is here.
Yes we do. The College of Business Career Development Center helps students and alumni find internships and employment. The office is located in Dwire Hall, room 301. More information can be found here.
Graduate students are expected to write clearly and concisely with correct punctuation and grammar. You'll also be expected to have a strong knowledge of Microsoft Office including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. If a student is deficient in any of these skills, it is their responsibility to mitigate the deficiency before enrolling in the program.