Oct 05, 2022
Description of Program
In order to earn a Post-Master’s Certificate, students must complete six courses (18 credit hours) within the chosen Post-Master’s Certificate program. With the exception of the General Business program, each Post-Master’s Certificate program is prescribed, meaning students can only take what is listed for the particular Post-Master’s Certificate program (students may not substitute alternative courses with the exception of the School of Business doctoral level elective course). Students must complete all six NCU courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better in order to receive the certificate.
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Basis for Admissions
Admission to the Post-Master’s Certificate program requires a completed master’s level or higher degree from a regionally or nationally accredited institution or university.
6 NCU Courses (18 Credit hours) must be completed from the coursework outlined within the corresponding Post-Master’s Certificate specialization. Courses taken as part of a NCU master’s program cannot be applied towards a Post-Master’s Certificate program.
The University may accept a maximum of 6 semester credit hours from a graduate-level program to NCU’s Post-Master’s certificate program. Coursework must have been completed at an accredited college or university within the last seven years with a grade of “B” or better. See the
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The Post-Master’s Certificate has the following graduation requirements:
- Cumulative Grade Point Average of 3.0 (letter grade of “B”) or higher
- Official documents on file for basis of admission: a conferred master’s level or higher degree from an accredited academic institution
- Official transcripts on file for all transfer credit hours accepted by the University
- All financial obligations must be met before the student will be issued their complimentary diploma and/or degree posted transcript
Time to Completion
NCU allows 2 years to complete all certificate programs.
The median time to completion for this program is 14 months.
Time to completion varies depending upon the pace in which a student completes courses and the number of transfer credits accepted. As most NCU students are working adults, balancing educational, professional, and personal commitments, our academic and finance advisors will work with you to develop a program schedule that works best for your needs.
Students following the preferred schedule designed by the Dean for this program, and applying no transfer credits, can expect to finish in as little as 10 months.
Post-Master’s Certificate Transfer into a Doctoral Sequence
Specialization coursework completed as part of a doctoral degree, where a degree was conferred, cannot be applied towards a Post-Master’s Certificate program.
- Coursework completed within a Post-Master’s Certificate program may be applied towards the specialization sequence within a doctoral program.
- Applying Post-Master’s Certificate coursework towards a doctoral degree is contingent upon coursework and degree relevance under the most current doctoral degree program version.
Post-Master’s Certificate - Advanced Accounting
This Post-Master’s Certificate prepares students for careers in auditing, corporate accounting, and accounting positions in business, government, and nonprofit organizations. Students will develop knowledge to pursue advanced positions in management, such as chief financial officer or controller, going beyond preparation of financial statements to calculate and analyze strategic business decisions.
Required Courses - 18 credit hours
Doctoral Level Elective
The Post-Master’s Certificate allows students to select one course from a broad range of electives to fit their personal and professional goals. Students must complete a minimum of 3 credit hours at the doctoral level (7000 or 8000) offered from the School of Business.