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Degree Overview Open Accordion

Earn your bachelor's in accounting from Colorado State University.

This unique program is designed for individuals with an Associate of Arts degree in Business and offers a hybrid learning model. Study at the Sturm Collaboration Campus in Castle Rock while earning your bachelor’s degree.

Featuring a blend of in-person and online courses, this AACSB-accredited program gives you the opportunity to graduate from CSU’s renowned College of Business and earn the same degree as students on the CSU – Fort Collins campus.

Develop in-demand business and accounting skills

Start building the knowledge to take on a position of trust and authority within the organization you serve. Nearly all modern businesses rely on detailed accounting information to communicate value to stakeholders, attract investment, manage financial resources, and make tactical decisions in the fast-moving business world. Learn to facilitate compliance with tax and regulatory requirements that are inherent in many of today’s business environments.

Who should enroll in this program?

Successful accounting students frequently share common skills and abilities. These often include an aptitude for critical thinking, creative problem solving, strong quantitative abilities, active listening, effective communication skills, attention to detail, and efficient time management.

Explore Careers Open Accordion

Note: If you plan to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), completing this program will make you eligible to sit for the Uniform CPA Exam.

Some potential careers in accounting and auditing include:

  • Financial analyst
  • Finance manager
  • Accounting consultant
  • Tax accountant
  • Controller (government)
  • Internal auditor
  • External auditor
  • Forensic accountant
  • Government accountant
  • Procurement manager
  • Risk assessment specialist

Salary and Career Growth Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 2020 median pay for accountants and auditors with a bachelor’s degree was $73,560 per year or $35.37 per hour. Job opportunities in accounting and auditing are projected to grow by 7% between 2020 and 2030.

Requirements and Curriculum Open Accordion

Requirements to Graduate

A minimum of 120 credits are required to complete this degree. This includes:

  • 42 upper-division (300-400 level) credits
  • 30 upper-division credits completed through Colorado State University

The number of courses needed for completion of the program depends on:


The curriculum listed below is intended to inform prospective students about the overall theme of the program and should not be used as an example program of study. Students need to consult their advisor to develop a degree completion plan based on the credits transferred into this program. You have the option to use the Transferology™ website to conduct a self-review of your potential transfer courses. This tool will assist you in seeing how your previous college coursework may transfer to CSU's College of Business.

Required Accounting Courses

  • ACT 211 – Accounting Professional Skills (1 cr.)
  • ACT 311 – Intermediate Accounting I (4 cr.)
  • ACT 312 – Intermediate Accounting II (3 cr.)
  • ACT 321 – Cost Management (3 cr.)
  • ACT 330 – Introduction to Taxation (3 cr.)
  • ACT 350 – Accounting Information Systems (3 cr.)
  • ACT 411 – Advanced Accounting (3 cr.)
  • ACT 441 – Auditing Practices (3 cr.)

Required Business Courses

  • BUS 201 – Foundations of Sustainable Enterprise (1 cr.)
  • BUS 220 – Ethics in Contemporary Organizations (3 cr.)
  • BUS 479 – Strategic Management (3 cr.)
  • CIS 200 – Business Information Systems (3 cr.)
  • FIN 300 – Principles of Finance (3 cr.)
  • MGT 301 – Supply Chain Management (3 cr.)
  • MGT 320 – Contemporary Management Principles (3 cr.)
  • MKT 300 – Marketing (3 cr.)

15 credits of Electives (of which 6 must be upper-division)

Electives are courses/internships that are not already required within the AUCC, the Business Core, or the Accounting curriculum. Electives can come from any department and can be any prefix. Upper-division electives must be 300-500 level coursework. Elective courses can be taken at an approved university or college. Lower-division electives can also be taken at approved community or junior Colleges, although a maximum of 64 credits may transfer from all community/junior colleges attended. Some courses from some universities, such as CSU Global, will be accepted upon transfer while other courses at the same institution will not transfer. A student should always consult the Transferology™ website and/or their academic advisor before taking courses at another institution to verify that the courses will transfer back to CSU and will count toward graduation requirements.

How to Apply Open Accordion

Application Deadlines

Fall semester August 1
Spring semester January 1
Summer semester May 1

Start your application online and upload materials directly into the online system. You can save your progress and return any time.

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Planning to transfer credits from another college or university? Please review our FAQ page, then complete a Tentative Transfer Evaluation Form to see how your prior credits may transfer.

1 Review Admission Requirements

  • Associate of Arts, Business Transfer Major, from a Colorado Community College
  • Grades of B- or higher in:
    • One semester of calculus (equivalent to MATH 141)
    • One semester of microeconomics (equivalent to ECON 202 or AREC 202)
    • ACT 210 and ACT 220 (equivalent to ACC 121 and ACC 122)
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a minimum of 15 graded, college-level credits
  • High school graduation or equivalent

* A 2.0 cumulative GPA for all college work attempted is the threshold for consideration. Applicants who have a cumulative GPA below 2.5 should be prepared to demonstrate academic success in the form of an upward GPA trend and no D/F grades in their most recent terms.

Additional information may be required for international applicants. Please connect with a coach to learn more.

2 Talk with a Student Success Coach

Call or email our student success team to find out if the program is a good fit for your goals. Our coaches are available Monday-Friday to help you find the right program and navigate the application process.

Student Success Coach: Morgan Parsley
Phone: (970) 682-7251
Email: Morgan Parsley

Schedule Time to Talk

3 Complete Online Application

Complete Colorado State University's online undergraduate application and pay the $50 nonrefundable application processing fee (payable online) or waiver (if eligible).

  • Select "Business Administration / Accounting – Sturm Collaboration Campus" when choosing major.

Online applications must be submitted before 5 p.m. (Mountain Time) on the deadline date. If you miss the application deadline, you may still register for courses to begin your program of study as a non-degree student. Students seeking Federal financial aid must be admitted prior to enrolling.

4 Submit Supporting Documentation

Visit for more information about applying as a transfer student.

5 Apply for Financial Aid (Optional)

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Use FAFSA code 001350. Additional financial aid information is also available.

6 Check Your Application Status

View your application status at any time to ensure your application checklist is complete or to check on updates.

Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis and may take up to six weeks during high volume application periods.

Questions? Call (970) 682-7251 or email Morgan Parsley.


We love learning about your goals and answering any questions to help you on your journey.

Morgan Parsley
Business Administration – Accounting
Student Success Coach
Schedule Time to Talk

Program Details

Online with in-person components at Sturm Collaboration Campus in Castle Rock
$381 per credit
Degree Awarded
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Accounting Concentration
Time Frame
Can be completed in two years with full-time course load and fall semester start

Application Deadlines

Fall semester
August 1
Spring semester
January 1
Summer semester
May 1

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