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Take your career to the next level with the Graduate Certificate in Accountancy (GCA). Gain credentials to teach at the collegiate level, complete the academic requirements for the CPA Exam, or enhance your accounting knowledge. Either way, the GCA is the right program for you.
You can begin a top-ranked graduate program without taking the GMAT. Also, with only four additional courses, you can continue to the Master of Accountancy program.
Choose a quality academic experience with the Harbert College of Business.
You must have completed the business foundation courses to be eligible to apply.
If you are lacking the accounting foundation prerequisites, you have three online options for pursuing the prerequisites:
Admission to the online GCA program is limited to candidates who meet the following criteria:
How to Apply
Start your application on the Graduate School Online Application. The following materials should be uploaded with your application:
All application materials must be received by the deadline listed below. Applications that remain incomplete will be deferred to the following semester. Completed applications will be considered on a competitive basis.
Semester to Enroll
Applications for the online GCA program are considered on a competitive basis. Minimum GPA requirements are not advertised, because the Admissions Committee uses a holistic approach when reviewing a candidate's application package. The Committee considers the quality of the candidate's academic background, grade point averages, campus involvement, and work experience.
The School of Accountancy has full authority over the admissions and matriculation processes for all applicants to the program.
The program requires the completion of six courses (18 hours). Students can choose six courses from the list below.
Please Note: You must take ACCT 6130, 6310, 6420, 6610, and 6700 at either the undergraduate or
graduate level to be academically prepared for the CPA Exam. Additionally, you cannot
receive graduate credit for an equivalent course you have taken at the undergraduate
For course descriptions, please refer to the AU Bulletin.
Tuition for online students is $900 per credit hour regardless of residency. The certificate is a 12 credit hour program.
Due to federal guidelines and regulations, Graduate Certificate programs do not qualify for financial aid.
Are the online courses different from the campus program?
Our campus lectures are recorded and streamed so online students receive the same instruction and academic credit as their campus peers. Online students can expect the same rigor, standards, and student accountability as campus students.
Is Auburn University accredited?
Auburn University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Both the Harbert College of Business and the School of Accountancy are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
How long does it usually take to complete the program?
Auburn University operates on a semester system. Depending on the course load taken, the Graduate Certificate program can be completed in as short as two semesters. The maximum number of classes taken for students working full-time is two courses per semester.
What is the average credit load per semester?
On average, students take three to six credit hours (two courses) per semester.
Do I have to come to campus?
No, there is no required residency for the Graduate Certificate in Accounting program.
What entrance examinations are required?
There are no entrance examinations required for the Graduate Certificate in Accounting program.
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 the Auburn University Master of Accountancy. Transfer credit is not allowed towards the Graduate Certificate in Accountancy. 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.
Can I audit a class?
Auditing of online courses is not available at this time.
Will I have an academic advisor?
Andee Hodo, 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.
Can I withdraw or drop a course?
Should circumstances in your life change and you need to withdraw from a course, simply contact Andee Hodo at (334) 844-6207 or email@example.com. 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.
How do I take tests?
Exams are taking online using a virtual proctoring service. Students can take the exam within the window provided by the faculty member. Students pay all proctoring fees directly to the proctoring service.
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.
How do I get my books?
Textbooks required for your course(s) may be ordered each semester by visiting www.aubookstore.com.
Will I have access to University resources?
Access 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 Auburn Access at https://auaccess.auburn.edu.
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.
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Director, Graduate and Online Programs