Why an ACCA partnership with graduate accounting programs is important

The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) is a global professional accounting body that offers the Chartered Certified Accounting designation. There are only nine universities in the U.S. whose Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) or Master of Accounting/Accountancy (MACC) programs partner with the ACCA. Florida International University is one.

What does the ACCA do?

ACCA is a thriving global community of 233,000 members and 536,000 future members based in 178 countries and regions who work across a wide range of sectors and industries. ACCA upholds the highest professional and ethical values.

ACCA offers the opportunity to experience a rewarding career in accountancy, finance, and management. ACCA’s qualifications and learning opportunities develop strategic business leaders and forward-thinking professionals with the financial, business, and digital expertise essential for the creation of sustainable organizations and flourishing societies.

Being a force for public good has been embedded in ACCA’s purpose since 1904. ACCA believes that accountancy is a cornerstone profession of society and is vital in helping economies, organizations, and individuals grow and prosper. ACCA fosters this growth and prosperity by creating robust trusted financial and business management professionals, by combating corruption to ensure organizations are managed ethically, by driving sustainability, and by providing rewarding career opportunities.

Why is it beneficial for students to attend a graduate accounting program that has a partnership with ACCA?

Like the CPA exam, which features generally accepted accounting standards, the ACCA focuses on international financial reporting standards. 

When a university decides to partner with ACCA, its curriculum assessed and aligned to ensure that the curriculum taught includes what is needed to meet the ACCA qualifications.

Upon graduation from a university partnered with ACCA for exemption accreditation, you will be able to gain exemptions from some or all of ACCA’s nine Applied Knowledge and Applied Skills exams depending on your degree program, saving yourself time and money on your journey to be an ACCA member.

ACCA qualification is recognized worldwide and provides excellent opportunities to international students or U.S. students interested in an international career. This means you can start accelerating your career as soon as you graduate and stand out to the best employers in every industry.

An ACCA membership will give you access to what is known as the profession's most comprehensive range of career and professional development resources. It also offers the opportunity to influence and shape the accountancy profession, and entry into a global network that will support you throughout your career.

Are you interested in attending an ACCA-partnered university?

FIU’s Master of Accounting (MACC) is an ACCA-partnered university. To learn more about our program and the benefits of earning your master’s degree, attend an information session.

About the Author:

Emily Rodriguez is a content strategist and creator. Passionate about higher education, she has worked with institutions like Hult International Business School, Nova Southeastern University, and her alma mater Florida International University.

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