Accounting Degrees in Colorado

Aims Community College

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5401 W. 20th St.
(970) 330-8008

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Arapahoe Community College

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5900 S. Santa Fe Dr.
(303) 797-4222

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Applied Science

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

College America-Colorado Springs

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3645 Citadel Drive South
(719) 622-3600 x1200

Institution Type:

4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Applied Science in Business Management and Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges

College America-Denver

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1385 S Colorado Blvd.
(303) 300-8740

Institution Type:

4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Applied Science in Business Management and Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges

College America-Fort Collins

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4601 South Mason St
(970) 225-4860

Institution Type:

4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Applied Science in Business Management and Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges

Colorado Christian University

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8787 West Alameda Avenue
(303) 963-3000

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's in Accounting, Certificate in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Colorado Mesa University

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1100 North Avenue
(970) 248-1020

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's of Science in Public Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Colorado Mountain College

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831 Grand Ave.
(800) 621-8559

Institution Type:

4-year, primarily associate's, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Applied Science in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Colorado Northwestern Community College

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500 Kennedy Drive
(970) 675-2261

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Applied Science in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Colorado State University-Pueblo

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2200 Bonforte Blvd
(719) 549-2100

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration with a Major in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Associate to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

Colorado Technical University-Colorado Springs

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4435 N Chestnut Street
(719) 598-0200

Institution Type:

4-year, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Science in Accounting, Bachelor's of Science in Accounting, Master's of Business Administration with a Concentration in Accounting, Master's of Science in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Colorado Technical University-Greenwood Village

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3151 S Vaughn Way
(303) 632-2300

Institution Type:

4-year, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Science in Accounting, Bachelor's of Science in Accounting, Master's of Business Administration with a Concentration in Accounting, Master's of Science in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Colorado Technical University-Online

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4435 N Chestnut
(866) 813-1836

Institution Type:

4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Science in Accounting, Bachelor's of Science in Accounting, Master's of Business Administration with a Concentration in Accounting, Master's of Science in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Community College of Aurora

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16000 E CentreTech Pky
(303) 360-4700

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Applied Science in Accounting, Certificate in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Community College of Denver

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1111 W. Colfax Ave.
(303) 556-2600

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Applied Science in Accounting, Technical Certificate in Computerized Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

DeVry University-Colorado

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1870 West 122nd Avenue
(303) 280-7400

Institution Type:

4-year, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's of Science in Accounting, Associate of Applied Science in Accounting, Bachelor's of Business Administration in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

DeVry University’s Keller Graduate School of Management-Colorado

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1870 West 122nd Ave.
(303) 280-7400

Institution Type:

4-year, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Master's of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting (MBA), Master's of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting (MBA) inlucding preparation for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Exam, Master's of Accounting and Finance (MFAM) including preparation for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Exam, Graduate Certificate in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Emily Griffith Technical College

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1250 Welton Street
(720) 423-4700

Institution Type:

< 2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Certificate in Accounting Technician

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Everest College-Aurora

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14280 East Jewell Ave
(303) 745-6244

Institution Type:

2-year, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Science in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)

Everest College-Colorado Springs

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1815 Jet Wing Drive
(719) 638-6580

Institution Type:

2-year, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Science in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)

Everest College-Thornton

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9065 Grant St
(303) 457-2757

Institution Type:

2-year, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Science in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)

Fort Lewis College

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1000 Rim Drive
(970) 247-7010

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's of Business Administration in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Association to Advance Collgiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

Front Range Community College

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3645 W 112th Ave
(303) 404-5000

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Applied Science in Accounting, Certificate in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Institute of Business and Medical Careers

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3842 South Mason Street
(970) 223-2669

Institution Type:

2-year, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate in Business Administration and Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)

Lamar Community College

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2401 S Main St
(719) 336-2248

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Certificate in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

N/A

Metropolitan State College of Denver

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Speer Blvd and Colfax Ave
(303) 556-3058

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's Degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

National American University-Centennial

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8242 South University Blvd
(303) 542-7000

Institution Type:

4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's of Science in Accounting, Associate of Applied Science in Accounting, Bachelor's of Business Administration in Accounting, Master's of Business Administration with a Concentration in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

National American University-Colorado Springs

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1915 Jamboree Drive ste 185
(719) 590-8300

Institution Type:

4-year, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's of Science in Accounting, Associate of Applied Science in Accounting, Bachelor's of Business Administration in Accounting, Master's of Business Administration with a Concentration in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

National American University-Colorado Springs South

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1079 Space Center Drive
(719) 208-3800

Institution Type:

4-year, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's of Science in Accounting, Associate of Applied Science in Accounting, Bachelor's of Business Administration in Accounting, Master's of Business Administration with a Concentration in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

National American University-Denver

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1325 S. Colorado Boulevard
(303) 876-7100

Institution Type:

4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's of Science in Accounting, Associate of Applied Science in Accounting, Bachelor's of Business Administration in Accounting, Master's of Business Administration with a Concentration in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Pikes Peak Community College

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5675 S Academy Blvd
(719) 502-2000

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Applied Science in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Pueblo Community College

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900 West Orman Avenue
(719) 549-3200

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Applied Science in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Red Rocks Community College

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13300 W Sixth Ave
(303) 914-6600

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Certificate in Accounting, Associate Degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Regis University

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3333 Regis Blvd
(800) 388-2366 x2111

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's of Science in Accounting, Master's of Science in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

University of Colorado Denver

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1380 Lawrence Street
(303) 556-5600

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Master's of Science in Accounting, Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration with a Concentration in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

University of Denver

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2199 S. University Blvd
(303) 871-2000

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Master's in Accountancy, Bachelor's of Science in Accountancy

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

University of Phoenix-Colorado Campus

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10004 Park Meadows Dr
(303) 755-9090

Institution Type:

4-year, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Arts with Concentration in Accounting, Associate of Arts with a Concentration in Accounting Foundations, Bachelor's of Science in Business with a Concentration in Accounting, Bachelor's of Science in Accounting, Master's of Business Administration with a Concentration in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Accreditation Council for Business Schoools and Programs (ACBSP)

University of Phoenix-Southern Colorado Campus

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5725 Mark Dabling Blvd.
(800) 834-4646

Institution Type:

4-year, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate of Arts with Concentration in Accounting, Associate of Arts with a Concentration in Accounting Foundations, Bachelor's of Science in Business with a Concentration in Accounting, Bachelor's of Science in Accounting, Master's of Business Administration with a Concentration in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Accreditation Council for Business Schoools and Programs (ACBSP)

Western State College of Colorado

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600 N Adams
(970) 943-0120

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's Degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and School

Educational Requirements

The educational requirements for becoming a licensed CPA in Colorado are defined by the Colorado State Board of Accountancy. Currently, applicants need a minimum of a bachelor’s degree with a concentration in accounting to sit for the Uniform CPA Exam in Colorado. However, those seeking licensure will also need 27 hours of accounting in either intermediate or advanced courses, as well as 21 hours in business courses. As of July 1, 2015, candidates will need to complete the 150-hour requirement and take more specific accounting classes to be granted a certificate in Colorado.

Salary

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 29,760 accountants working in Colorado in 2011. Colorado also has one of the highest concentrations of jobs and location quotients for accountants in the U.S. In the same year, Colorado accountants made an average annual salary of $72,300. The Denver-Aurora-Broomfield metropolitan area employs the most accountants and has the highest concentration of accounting jobs in the state.

CPA Licensing in Colorado

Colorado accountants seeking their CPA licensure need to have a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university and meet the following education and work experience requirements:

  • Complete 27 hours of accounting courses, of which 21 must be in specialized accounting courses like taxation, accounting theory, cost accounting, and intermediate accounting. Three of the total hours must be in auditing and address U.S. generally accepted auditing standards (GAAS). Candidates also need at least 21 hours in other business administration courses, but no more than six hours in any one business discipline can be applied toward the 21-hour requirement.
  • Complete one year of experience in public accounting, working under the direct supervision of an actively licensed CPA, or equivalent experience that has been approved by the Board and was completed five years before or after passing the CPA exam.
  • Pass the Uniform CPA Exam.
  • Pass the AICPA Ethics exam for initial licensure.

Continuing Education Requirements

Colorado CPAs must complete 80 hours of continuing professional education during the two-year reporting period which falls on January 1 of even-numbered years and December 31 on odd-numbered years.

Accounting Jobs in Colorado

Colorado’s diverse economy and thriving businesses have opened the door for accountants to work in many different industries, performing a wide variety of duties. Accountants can find work at one of the many well-known accounting firms located throughout the state, including PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG, Deloitte, and Ernst & Young. The federal government agencies located in Colorado also have a growing need for experienced accountants.