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Professional Certifications

The School of Accountancy prepares accounting graduates to apply and sit for the qualifying examinations of four of the most highly recognized professional accounting certifications: the CPA (Certified Public Accountant), the CMA (Certified Management Accountant), the CFE (Certified Fraud Examiner), and the CFF (Certified in Financial Forensics credential).

Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

Although individual states regulate educational and experiential requirements for licensing public accountants, the AICPA (American Institute of Public Accountants) 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 Accountancy degree, which includes the additional accounting hours required for CPA license.

Although students entering any area of professional accounting may choose to hold the CPA designation, only those accounting professionals who express an opinion on an entity’s audited financial statements are required to be licensed as CPAs.

Certified Management Accountant (CMA)

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 CMA credential is valuable in accounting and finance careers.

Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)

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 sit for the CFE Exam prior to completing their undergraduate degree. Professionals who are involved with any aspect of detecting, investigating, and preventing fraud and white-collar crime within organizations find this credential to be invaluable.

Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF)

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 Accountancy program are prepared to obtain the CFF credential. Students who desire careers with public accounting firms, law firms, forensic accounting firms, and litigation support consulting firms often pursue this credential.

Certified in Ethical Leadership

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.

Last updated: 7/24/2017

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