The Foundation of Accountancy certificate of graduate study in accountancy is designed to provide working professionals and non-accountancy graduate students with a set of courses focused on the foundational areas in the accountancy discipline. The Foundation of Accountancy certificate will enhance a student’s understanding of the role of accounting in business and other organizations. The courses partially fulfill the educational requirements to sit for the CPA examination and count towards completion of the M.A.S. Phase One accountancy courses for the Master of Accounting Science (see Master of Accounting Science admission requirements) and Master of Accountancy (see Master of Accountancy admission requirements) programs.
• An undergraduate degree with a cumulative GPA of 2.75.
• A grade of C or better in a financial accounting concepts course taken within the last five years or pass the related exemption exam, or department consent.
• A grade of C or better in a managerial accounting concepts course taken within the last five years or pass the related exemption exam, or department consent.
Students interested in a certificate should apply no later than the Graduate School admission deadline. Students are also required to complete an application with the certificate coordinator. The department application for admission and other pertinent information are available on the Department of Accountancy website: www.cob.niu.edu/accy/.
To successfully complete any certificate program, a student must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 in the certificate courses. All courses must be completed at NIU within six calendar years of starting.