ACCA USA(the US branch of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) and American University today announced a partnership linking ACCA’s qualification program to graduate coursework at the Washington D.C.-based institution.

Starting this fall, students pursuing a Masters of Science in Accounting at American University’s Kogod School of Businesswill be able to complete coursework that will qualify them for six exemptions from ACCA’s 14 exams. A student who successfully graduates from American University’s rigorous program will receive exemptions for those specific exams and be able to use them towards the completion of the ACCA qualification.

“We are excited about our partnership with ACCA and looking forward to helping ACCA students become global leaders in the accounting profession,” stated Casey Evans, executive-in-residence and director of American University’s MS Accounting program.

“Across the globe, ACCA has forged partnerships with higher education institutions to educate and train some of the best and brightest accounting professionals,” said Warner Johnston, Head of ACCA USA, in a statement. “We are proud to partner with American University on this initiative as we continue to train people of application, ability and ambition around the world who seek a rewarding career in accountancy, finance and management.”

The program is expected to attract a significant number of international students interested in obtaining a degree while working towards their ACCA qualification. Accreditation enables ACCA to award a specific level of exemption to graduates of an educational program following a full assessment of the program’s regulations, syllabus and assessments. 

American University is the second higher education institution in the United States to partner with ACCA USA - earlier this year, ACCA announced its first U.S.-based partnership with Pace University’s Lubin School of Business in New York. Globally, ACCA works with more than 600 higher education institutions through Exemption Accreditation to accredit their programs, including Oxford Brookes University in England, University of Sri Jayewardenepura in Sri Lanka, Amity University in India, and Edinburgh Business School in Scotland.

Notably, more than 35,000 ACCA members are employed by the Big 4 across the globe, with significant numbers in the USA, China and the U.K.

For more on American University's Accounting program, head to the school's sitehere.