Frequently Asked Questions
1. Are the online courses different from the on-campus program?
The online courses are the same for distance learning students in regard to rigor, standards, and student accountability. Online students receive the same instruction and academic credit as their on-campus peers.
2. Is Auburn University accredited?
Auburn University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Both the Raymond J. Harbert College of Business and the School of Accountancy are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
3. How long does it usually take to complete the program?
Auburn University operates on a semester system. Depending on the course load taken, the Master of Accounting program can be completed in as short as five semesters. The maximum number of classes taken for students working full-time is two courses per semester.
4. What is the average credit load per semester?
On average, students take three to six credit hours (two courses) per semester.
5. Do I have to come to campus?
Both on-campus and distance learning students are required to participate in a three day on-campus residency during the final spring semester of the program beginning on the last Thursday of April and concluding on the following Saturday evening. During the residency, students will participate in the Auburn MAcc Leadership Summit which is comprised of social events, business seminars, and leadership workshops.
6. What entrance examinations are required?
The GMAT exam is required unless you have an AACSB accredited accounting degree with competitive overall and upper-level accounting GPAs (3.50 and above).
7. Is it possible to transfer credits?
Up to six semester hours of graduate credit taken in residence at another accredited graduate school may transfer to Auburn University. The credit must be acceptable to the Admissions Committee and the student's advisor and be pertinent to the student's plan of study. Transfer credit will be approved only with an official transcript. Courses with a grade lower than B will not be transferred.
8. Can I audit a class?
Auditing of online courses is not available at this time.
9. Will I have an academic advisor?
Amy Murphy, Director of Graduate and Online Accounting Programs, serves as the Academic Advisor for all graduate online accounting students. She will work with you on your plan of study, course registration and educational goals.
10. Can I withdraw or drop a course?
Should circumstances in your life change and you need to withdraw from a course, simply contact Amy Murphy at 334-844-6118 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Notifying the instructor or ceasing to accept class materials does not constitute official withdrawal. The Auburn University Academic Calendar contains important drop deadlines that must be carefully followed.
11. How do I take tests?
Each semester, you will identify your exam proctor on your "Online Course Registration Form". Becky Young in the Auburn University Outreach Programs Office will submit your proctor information to Amy Murphy, Director of Graduate Programs, for approval. Your exam proctor must be someone within your employer who is at superior level or someone within your company's human resources, personnel, or training and development departments. If a test proctor cannot be secured from within the student’s company, a local librarian, or a university/college testing services department may be contacted.
12. How do I contact my advisor, professor or peers?
Online students have immediate access to professors and classmates via e-mail once you are registered.
13. How do I get my books?
Textbooks required for your course(s) may be ordered each semester by visiting www.aubookstore.com.
14. Will I have access to University resources?
Accessibility to all on-campus activities, libraries, etc., is available to you as an off-campus student upon verification of student ID. As an Auburn student, you are also eligible for athletic tickets (football, basketball, baseball, swimming, etc.) at student prices. Information is available through AU Access at www.auaccess.auburn.edu.
15. What are the technical requirements?
Access to a computer with a reliable Internet connection is required. Canvas runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android or any other device with a modern web browser. It is recommended that you use the newest version of your browser and the most up-to-date Flash plug-in.