The Certificate of Advanced Study in Accountancy is ideally suited for students pursuing short-term study focused on selected technical areas related to accountancy. The certificate is designed for graduate-level students interested in the advancement of their skills beyond the bachelor’s degree or in preparation for certification examinations in accountancy. Credit earned with a C or better in courses numbered 600 or above will fulfill requirements toward the Master of Accounting Science (see Master of Accounting Science admission requirements).
The total semester hours accepted for this certificate is 15 semester hours. Enrollment in this certificate beyond 15 hours is only possible with the permission of the Director of Graduate Studies.
An undergraduate degree from an accredited institution with at least 15 semester hours in accounting or department approval (prior work experience will be given consideration). If applicants do not have an undergraduate business degree from an AACSB-accredited institution, they must have a minimum GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.00 scale) in the last 60 semester hours of the baccalaureate program or a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 (on a 4.00 scale) at the baccalaureate institution.
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.