The Rutgers Business School is partnering with a national association of state auditors, comptrollers and treasurers to offer reduced tuition for two online graduate-level programs.
As part of the new partnership, interested members of the National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers (NASACT) will receive 25% reduced tuition on courses offered through the Online Master of Accountancy in Governmental Accounting Program and the Online Certificate in Government Financial Management Program.
The scholarships are part of a three-year pilot program created by a memorandum of understanding between Rutgers and NASACT.
“The agreement between Rutgers Business School and NASACT reflects the potential of a joint effort and strategic partnership between a large public business school and government,” Rutgers Business School Dean Lei Lei said in a statement. “With more ability to enroll in the Master of Governmental Accounting program, NASACT’s members will gain the knowledge and skills to be even more impactful in their state government roles.”
According to Rutgers, the specialty master’s program and certificate program can help NASACT address its challenge to provide advanced-level and affordable training to its members. NASACT has 186 member organizations that employ more than 21,000 staff. Its mission is to help improve the transparency, accountability and financial management of state governments.
“We believe this relationship will not only assist in our immediate need for high-quality training but could eventually lead to other joint efforts such as collaborating on applied research in governmental accounting and auditing in state governments,” said Kinney Poynter, executive director of NASACT.
Irfan Bora, professor and director of the Master of Accountancy in Governmental Accounting Program, added, “We are very excited to partner with NASACT and its members in the 50 states to further our mutual goal of providing academic training to financial leaders in the public sector through our Governmental Accounting Program.”
The Master of Accountancy in Governmental Accounting Program is the only one of its kind in the U.S. available entirely online, according to Rutgers. The 30 required credits can be completed part time around a full-time job.
The Certificate in Government Financial Management Program, also available online, requires the completion of four online courses, which prepare students to sit for the Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM) exam sponsored by the Association of Government Accountants.
Those interested in learning more about the master’s program may register to attend an online information session, set for noon June 1 (ET). Click here to learn more.
Interested NASACT members may also contact Bora at [email protected].