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State Board Report

June 2014

Western Governors University (WGU), one of the first universities to implement competency-based learning, has inaugurated a master’s degree program in accounting that will allow students to embark on their studies beginning on July 1, 2014. This new on-line degree program uses technology that allows individual learners to study, complete tasks and then take assessments on their schedule at their own pace. This allows students to advance through the program as soon as they are able to demonstrate mastery of the material.

“Because WGU measures learning rather than time spent in class, professionals with knowledge and skills from work and previous college experience can often move through their programs more quickly, saving both time and money,” WGU claims.

The new master’s degree program is aimed at those who need additional preparation to sit for the Uniform CPA Examination or other professional examinations. However, the school cautions applicants: “Students may need to meet additional state-specific requirements to sit for the CPA exam.”

Among the key topics the new master’s program will include are: advanced financial accounting; advanced managerial accounting; fraud and forensic accounting; governmental and nonprofit accounting; accounting research; management communication; advanced auditing; financial management; and advanced tax concepts.

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