Frequently Asked Questions

What are the eligibility requirements?

Candidates for the program should hold a bachelor's degree, preferably in business or accounting. Admission to the program is competitive and candidates must meet the graduate admissions requirements of Rutgers Business School. Candidates who do not hold a business or accounting degree may take the prerequisite course "Accounting for Managers" in the summer to qualify for admission to the program.


Can the program be completed entirely online?

Yes, the Master's in Governmental Accounting program can be completed without ever setting foot in a classroom. You can learn online anytime, anywhere from our distinguished faculty in a highly interactive setting. Online courses are offered through eCollege. Students complete assignments and tests electronically and interact with classmates through threaded discussions. In-state students also may take elective courses, with the approval of the program director, on the New Brunswick and Newark campuses.


Do you offer a certificate option?

Rutgers Business School offers an online 12-credit Certificate in Government Financial Management. Students in the certificate program complete four online courses—Governmental Accounting and Auditing, Public Sector Auditing, Governmental Budgeting Systems, and Design and Development of Information Systems—to receive a Graduate Certificate in Financial Management. The courses prepare students to sit for the Certified Government Financial Manager exam sponsored by the Association of Government Accountants and can later be applied toward the master’s degree. For an application, contact  Marcie Kachur or call (848) 445-3447.


What is the benefit of earning a certificate?

If you are not yet ready to enroll in a master’s program, a certificate helps to demonstrate your knowledge of government financial management and can open up new career opportunities. The certificate also prepares you to sit for the Certified Government Financial Manager exam (CGFM), a highly respected credential within the world of governmental accounting.


Who should consider earning their Master's in Governmental Accounting?

A variety of professionals benefit from this program, including:

  • Prospective CPAs who need to satisfy an additional 30 credits beyond the undergraduate degree in order to sit for the CPA examination in New Jersey
  • Practicing CPAs, as well as other accountants and auditors working in governmental and not-for-profit organizations
  • MPA and accounting students who plan to take the nationally recognized Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM) exam, administered and sponsored by the Association of Government Accountants
  • MBA and MPA program students who wish to specialize in government financial management


What sort of real-world experience will I gain through the program?

The Master's in Governmental Accounting curriculum has been developed with the input of leaders in the field of government financial management. Many of the courses have been designed and are taught by leading experts in the field, and case studies and real-world examples are essential components of the program. In addition, students participate in virtual team projects and often are presented with the opportunity to assist with standard-setting research.


Do you accept transfer credits?

Up to six graduate credits may be transferred into the program from another AACSB-accredited university with prior approval from the program director.


Candidates working within government, regardless of state residency, are eligible for in-state tuition