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 May; online students can start in either January or July.
The on-campus format is taught in two parts:
(1) a May-July summer session focused on introductory requirements, followed by
(2) four seven-week modules running from August to the following April where students take core courses, specialized tax or audit concentration courses, and elective courses.
In addition to the coursework, on-campus students participate in two immersion events focused on employer recruiting: a Recruiting and Leadership Immersion in June and an Interview Immersion in late-September.
>> View the on-campus curriculum calendar (PDF)
The online format has a variable schedule that you set for yourself. You’ll need to take certain introductory, 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 one Leadership Immersion in late-June in Chapel Hill. If you're participating in the formal recruiting process, you'll also be required to attend an on-campus Interview Immersion in late-September during your final year in the program. Lastly, online students may be able to 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: 24-month duration, no internship, focus in tax (PDF)
>> Review our application requirements and deadlines
>> Questions? Ask them at an upcoming info session