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Master of Accountancy in Governmental Accounting (Online)

Earn your Master's in Governmental Accounting anytime, anywhere with online convenience
Credit Hours
Year (avg)
Program Type
100% Online
Upcoming Event:
Online Information Session
Admissions Deadline:

Fall 2024

No GMAT/GRE scores are required.

Ranked #4 in the nation according to the 2022 Value Colleges ranking for "Best Online Masters in Accounting Degrees," the Rutgers Business School Master's in Governmental Accounting is the first and only program of its kind available entirely online, exclusively at Rutgers.

If you’re looking for a flexible, online accounting master’s program that fits into your busy life and will help you advance a career in the public or nonprofit sector, then the Rutgers Business School Master’s in Governmental Accounting is for you.

Taught by industry leaders, our program is designed to prepare you in the rapidly expanding field of government financial management, accounting, and auditing.

At just 30 credits, you can complete this program part-time as you work, and even in as little as a year, while fulfilling the additional credits required to sit for the New Jersey CPA exam.

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Program Highlights

  • 100% online convenience
  • No GMAT required – get started right away
  • Great value for government employees – in-state tuition for New Jersey residents is now extended to all out-of-state residents enrolled in the program.
  • 4-course online graduate certificate program available – credits can be applied toward master's degree

Career Management

Career Management at Rutgers Business School is designed to prepare you to navigate the job market and meet your professional goals. You have access to a dedicated career team, with an experienced career counselor who is committed to helping you with the many stages of career prep.

Top business schools incorporate a career management course into their curriculum and RBS is no different. The Career Management Program (CMP) is a zero-credit course that is included in your tuition and fees for full-time graduate students. The CMP incorporates workshops, individual counseling, skill-building, networking, and more to develop students into ready candidates for the recruiting cycle.

You also have access to resources and tools to help you find job opportunities, sharpen your resume, and advance your skillset:

  • Career Counselor- Career counselors are available to help you with everything from your interview skills, resume & cover letter reviews, and personalized career advice
  • Workshops and Events- Events and workshops are held virtually and in-person to provide you with the knowledge you need to grow and to put you in front of the right people
  • BusinessKnight – Career Management system specifically for RBS students with career development tools, video interviewing practice, recorded webinars, links to external resources & job postings
  • Rutgers Handshake- Newark & Rutgers Handshake- New Brunswick – Internal job portals for each campus for recruiters looking for Rutgers students.
  • VMock – Online AI-based resume development, grading, and enhancing tool
  • Beyond B-School – Subscription-based online career portal for graduate-level students (free to students)

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Who can benefit from our online Master's in Governmental Accounting?

  • Prospective CPAs requiring an additional 30 credits beyond an undergraduate degree to sit for the New Jersey CPA exam
  • 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

Become a globally recognized Chartered Public Finance Accountant

Students who complete the Master’s in Governmental Accounting program will have the opportunity to gain the Chartered Public Finance Accountant (CPFA) credential that will allow them to work in public finance positions around the world.

Certificate in Government Financial Management

Not ready to pursue a full graduate course of study yet?

Find out more about how you can earn a Graduate Certificate in Government Financial Management from Rutgers Business School with just four online classes.

Dual Degree with Master of Public Administration

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) / Master of Accountancy in Governmental Accounting (MACC) is a dual degree program is designed for pre-career and in-career students to enable them to acquire professional competencies in public administration and governmental accounting within the context of public administration and public financial management.

Student & Alumni Voices

The program's online format allowed me to complete my courses at a pace that meshed well with my job and home responsibilities. The curriculum and interactions were extremely relevant to situations I encounter as a government auditor.
Dale Hernandez
Internal Auditor, Texas State Preservation Board
This program was an exceptional learning experience that aided me in my advancement at a firm that specializes in governmental audits. I highly recommend this program to colleagues or anyone interested in a career in government finance.
Michael Campo, CPA
Director, Plodzik & Sanderson, PA
I am a better accountant and an even better person with this degree. My core ethical framework was challenged and changed for the better, and I think critically more now than I ever did!
Barbara Newman
CFO, Durham Housing Authority, North Carolina

Rutgers Annual Governmental Accounting & Auditing Update Conference

Our annual Rutgers Governmental Accounting and Auditing Update Conference brings leaders in public financial management together to address the most pressing issues and provide an update on current regulations, accounting pronouncements, auditing issues and other subjects of interest.

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