Rutgers to make 2 online graduate-level programs more accessible to select government financial pros interested in academic training

An annual conference hosted by Rutgers Business School offers students in the Master of Governmental Accounting Program an opportunity to network with classmates and leaders in public financial management.

Rutgers Business School and the National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers recently announced they are partnering to make two online graduate-level academic programs more accessible to NASACT members interested in academic training and professional development.

Rutgers will provide a 25% reduction tuition to NASACT members on courses offered through the Online Master of Accountancy in Governmental Accounting Program and the Online Certificate in Government Financial Management Program.

The incentives will be offered in the form of scholarships as 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. “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.”

“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,” Kinney Poynter, executive director of NASACT, said.

The Master of Accountancy in Governmental Accounting is the only program of its kind in the U.S. available entirely online. The program was recently ranked the No. 5 best online master’s in business program for accounting in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. Courses are taught by industry leaders and the 30 required credits can be completed part-time around a full-time job.

“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,” professor Irfan Bora, the director of the Master of Accountancy in Governmental Accounting Program, said. “Rutgers Business School’s commitment is reflected by our providing scholarship funds for members of the NASACT enrolled in both our certificate and master’s degree program.”