Clarification: This story has been updated to reflect the eligibility requirement for the Becker CPA Readiness Program available through Jackson State University.
Jackson State University recently announced two online professional accountancy programs that will begin in the fall semester.
"Professionally the program will be the same as our university in-person programs as far as the curriculum," said Dr. Fidelis Ikem, dean of College and Business at Jackson State in a press release. "The eight-week course will allow students to learn financial and accounting skills to prepare them for the accounting and business industry.
"The deadline to register for the accountancy classes is the same as our university registration deadline ...which is Sept. 1 for traditional students and Aug. 20 for online students. The two new online programs align with JSU’s strategic student success and academic performance."
The MPA program will offer a Becker CPA Readiness Program sponsored by Deloitte. The review course normally costs around $3,000 but will be free for students who enroll in the classes, according to the release.
"The Master of Professional Accountancy and Bachelor of Business Administration will be available for in-person learning also," the press release states.
"We have accepted several students thus far... that we believe will be a great addition to the program," Ikem said. "The curriculum will deliver performances through business administration and accounting, finance and entrepreneurship.
"JSU Students will have the opportunity to earn a master’s degree in accountancy through CPA exam preparatory classes. Students must complete 150 hours to qualify for the CPA exam according to the university guidelines."
"JSU College of Business is named among the 6% of business schools worldwide accredited by the Association for Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business," school officials said. "This differentiates business and accounting programs from other institutions in terms of quality, rigor and relevance."
Ikem said the accountancy program classes will expand the university's reach in the state and beyond.
“This gives us another tool in our portfolio to address the needs of those in situations that do not allow them to come to campus in person," Ikem said. "It expands our reach in the state and beyond. Many people want a Jackson State University degree, so we’re giving them that capability online regardless of where they reside.”
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