Whereas the individual states regulate educational and experiential requirements for licensure of public accountants, the American Institute of Public Accountants (AICPA) prepares the mandatory, comprehensive, four-part Uniform CPA Examination. In Georgia, students may first take the CPA Exam after having completed the 120 hours of education required for the BBA in Accounting degree. However, most students defer taking the CPA exam until they are completing their Master of Accounting (MAcc) degree, which includes the additional accounting hours required for CPA licensure.
The CMA designation, granted by the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), is meant for accountants and financial professionals in business. Requirements to become a CMA include: being a member if the IMA; passing all four parts of the CMA Examination; having a four-year degree from an accredited college or university; and having a minimum of two years of professional experience. Students may take the CMA Exam during their undergraduate education in accounting or another field.
The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) administers the CFE Examination and grants the CFE credential. Students who complete the Fraud Examination track are prepared to obtain the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) credential. Students may, therefore, sit for the CFE exam prior to completing their undergraduate degree.
The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) established the Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) credential exclusively for CPAs who demonstrate expertise in forensic accounting through their knowledge, skills, and experience. Students who complete the Forensic Accounting track in our Master of Accounting program are prepared to obtain the CFF credential.
The Ethical Leadership Certification Program uses an online tool to teach students how to identify ethical issues, learn how to respond to ethical dilemmas, and enhance their ethical decision-making abilities. The program requires that students complete 6 modules and score at least 80 percent on each test administered at the end of the modules.
The Certificate in Fraud Examination consists of four courses beyond the accounting survey or accounting principles prerequisite. The four courses are designed to prepare future entry-level fraud investigators. The curriculum encompasses fraud examination, fraud schemes, white-collar crime, and forensic interviewing and interrogation. Graduates pursue careers as federal, state and local law enforcement officers (e.g., FBI postal inspectors, CIA, IRS Criminal Investigation Division, etc.), internal auditors, loss prevention specialists, corporate security specialists, private investigators and fraud control specialists. Students completing the Fraud Examination program receive an undergraduate Certificate in Fraud Examination.
The Graduate Certificate in Forensic Accounting is designed for individuals who are preparing to become forensic accountants. With an extensive background in accounting and financial reporting, forensic accountants conduct asset theft and financial statement fraud investigations and serve as expert witnesses in legal proceedings. Graduates pursue careers with public accounting firms, law firms, forensic accounting firms, government and law enforcement agencies, and professional litigation support consulting firms.
The Graduate Certificate in Taxation trains tax specialists and interested individuals to serve the needs of the accounting and business communities. Tax students will increase their level of tax expertise, preparing for careers that demand a high degree of specialized tax knowledge in public accounting, private industry, and government.
The Graduate Certificate in Applied Economics (GCAE) will allow students to meet the SACSCOC faculty credentials requirement of 18 graduate hours in the economics field of study, without completing the 30 hours required for the Online Master of Science in Applied Economics (MSAE). The GCAE program objective is to provide graduates with analytical capabilities in theoretical and applied economics. After completing the 9 credit core, students have a choice of courses that provide skills in market analysis, quantitative analysis, regulatory industry analysis, financial economics and economic development. These capabilities represent a unique combination of skills that are needed within society.
The Graduate Enterprise Resources Planning (ERP) Certificate program at Georgia Southern University focuses on the knowledge and skills students need for careers in organizations that rely on ERP systems to support key business processes. Students in the program will receive a solid, applied enterprise systems educational experience and will exit the program with a realistic overview of ERP systems and hands-on experience using SAP.
Last updated: 8/5/2020