Graduate Curriculum Committee
Graduate Program Chair
Dr. Beverley Hollingsworth, PhD
Dr. Yang Liu, PhD
Denise Simion, PhD
John Lohmann, JD
John Crawley, JD
Beverley Hollinsworth, PhD
Kwahung Kim, PhD
Patrick Malone, JD
Renee Scapparone, DBA, Chair
The Graduate Certificate in Accounting is made up of the three-course Accounting Concentration in the Fitchburg State University MBA program. Students enrolled in this program will gain an understanding of a number of advanced accounting concepts. Students who successfully complete the graduate certificate in accounting and then become admitted to the MBA program at the University may apply those credits to the Accounting Concentration in the MBA at Fitchburg State, and with just seven additional courses, satisfy the requirements for the MBA.
The certificate cannot be taken concurrently with the MBA program.
The Graduate Certificate in Accounting is available online only.
Admissions Standards and Criteria
Admission into the Graduate Certificate in Accounting will be the same as admission into the MBA program.
We are accredited by The International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE). To enroll in the Master of Business Administration Program, a student must submit documents as outlined in the graduate admissions section as well as:
- An undergraduate GPA not less than 2.8 (students below a 2.8 must also submit a letter of recommendation to be considered for admission)
- TOEFL scores for natives of non-English speaking countries
Applicants to the Online/Accelerated MBA program who hold a bachelor degree in business are usually ready to begin the graduate-level coursework immediately, assuming that they have a suitable academic background. Professional experience is also a suitable foundation for graduate work. Students who do not hold a bachelor degree in business, or do not have the equivalent in professional experience, may wish to take courses at the undergraduate level to build a stronger foundation for graduate level work. Determination is made by the Graduate Program Chair.
Note - Students admitted to the MBA program or already enrolled in the MBA are not eligible for the certificate stand alone option.