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Program Overview

Our post-baccalaureate certificate programs will prepare you for leadership in any field. We provide advanced study for graduate school and professional licensure with a curriculum that can be customized to match your individual needs.

Led by Furman’s outstanding faculty and local business leaders, courses are designed for working adults who want to boost their professional credentials without interrupting their careers. Through our programs, you can receive:

  • a post-baccalaureate certificate in accounting or data analytics
  • or prepare for the CMA or CPA exam, or strengthen your academic transcript for graduate school admission

Our Programs

Schedule and Format

Our academic programs are structured for working adults who want to earn a post-baccalaureate certificate, or complete coursework required for CPA licensure or to meet MBA and MPAcc school pre-requisites. To better serve working professionals, we offer our courses after business hours.

Program Length

The length of our undergraduate program varies between individuals, depending on previous coursework. Our post-baccalaureate certificate programs can typically be completed in three to four semesters. Our other non-undergrad programs are customized to meet your individual needs. For example, if you need only one or two courses to sit for the CPA exam, you are not required to complete the full sequence of courses offered in our Accounting Certificate program.

Academic Schedule

We offer opportunities for enrollment in the fall, spring or summer semesters. The UES academic year consists of three semesters divided into five 8-week terms.

Semester Block Months
Fall A Aug-Oct
B Oct-Dec
Spring A Jan-March
B March-May
Summer June-Aug

Course Format

Classes are scheduled Monday – Thursday and, on occasion, Saturdays. We offer our courses in three formats:

  • Traditional: Classes meet one night per week from 6-8:45 pm for the entire semester (Aug. – Dec. for fall, Jan. – May for spring).
  • Hybrid: Classes meet once per week 6:00-8:45 pm for 8 weeks. Combines in-class meetings with online tools for completion of coursework, submission of assignments, etc.
  • Accelerated: Classes meet twice per week 6:00-8:00pm for 8 weeks. Utilizes less technology and more in-class participation than hybrid courses.

Classes are engaging and discussion-driven, relying on case studies and real-world examples to study today’s most important business, accounting, and info-tech concepts. Each course has its own set of requirements and learning objectives. Generally, students are expected to read prior to class, complete research papers, collaborate on group projects, participate in class discussions, and prepare for quizzes and exams. A syllabus for each course is typically available prior to registration so you can evaluate course expectations.