While our program formats deliver the same degree, and share the same curriculum and same faculty, they do so under different schedules. Classes for the on-campus format start once a year, in June; online students can start in either December or June*. (Note: Students starting in December will attend a required, one-credit Leadership Immersion in early December, then begin classes in early January. Students starting in June will attend a required, one-credit leadership immersion in late June, then begin classes in early July.)
The on-campus format begins in late June with an Orientation and Leadership Immersion. Classes start in early July. You’ll take core courses, specialized tax or audit concentration courses, and elective courses across four quarters that span from July to the following September. In addition to the coursework, on-campus students participate in Interview Week in late-September and have opportunities to hold internships at firm offices from January to March.
>> View a sample on-campus curriculum calendar for a tax student (PDF)
>> View a sample on-campus curriculum calendar for an audit student (PDF)
The online format has a variable schedule that you set for yourself. You’ll need to take certain core and concentration-focused courses in a specific order, but most electives can be positioned as you see fit across the year.
Most students will be able to complete the curriculum in 15 to 24 months; however, you can extend your studies up to a 36-month maximum. It is important to note that most courses are not available in every quarter; you’ll need to be mindful of this as you plan your studies.
In addition to the online coursework, you will attend an Orientation and Leadership Immersion in either late June (if starting in June) or early December (if starting in December) in Chapel Hill prior to starting classes. If you're participating in the recruiting process, you'll also attend an Interview Week in late-September in Chapel Hill. Online students may also incorporate an internship at a firm’s office that runs from January to March.
>> View a sample calendar: 15-month duration, internship, focus in auditing (PDF)
>> View a sample calendar: 21-month duration, no internship, general accounting curriculum (PDF)
>> View a sample calendar: 27-month duration, no internship, focus in tax (PDF)
IMPORTANT: The calendars for the online format are merely samples. Many options are possible. If you would like help building your own calendar with specific courses, reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-962-3209.
>> Learn more about Global Immersions
>> Review our application requirements and deadlines
>> Questions? Ask them at an upcoming info session