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MicroMasters® in Accounting suspended
The MicroMasters in Accounting will be suspended this year. If you are planning to complete the MicroMasters courses to enter the Kelley School of Business MS in Accounting program, you must complete the courses by summer 2022 to begin the master's degree program in the fall.
What Kelley degrees are offered through edX?
Master of Science in Accounting (suspension announced February 2022)
These degrees are completed online through the edX platform.
The MS in Accounting program is being suspended. What does that mean?
This could be your last opportunity to enroll in the three current MicroMasters courses.
The final offerings are likely:
- Managerial Accounting—February
- Taxes and Decision-Making—February
- Financial Reporting I—May
If you wish to take any of these courses, as they are a required part of our full MS in Accounting program, please enroll in them.
Completing these courses allows for matriculation this fall (August) into the full master's program if you successfully complete the MicroMasters courses and have applied for the master's program and been accepted. If you wish to take the master's degree journey, we encourage you to apply no later than June 15, 2022. The application to this master's program could close and no longer be an option as the program is currently constructed.
If this program is no longer an option, what similar accounting programs might be available?
We hope to be able to offer an online accounting program in the future, but are awaiting a program curriculum review. However, Indiana University offers several online graduate programs that you might find interesting. For more information on these offerings, visit Kelley Programs. IU also offers a residential Master of Science in Accounting with Data and Analytics.
What is the IUx MicroMasters credential in accounting?
The IU MicroMasters credential in accounting is designed to:
- Build a strong foundation in financial reporting concepts and methods, and develop your skills to prepare and analyze financial statements.
- Strengthen knowledge of accounting by focusing on the legal, conceptual, and integrative aspects of US federal income taxation.
To earn the IUx MicroMasters in accounting credential, you must successfully pass and receive a verified certificate in all three courses in the MicroMasters program (BUKD-A500, BUKD-A501, and BUKD-A502).
The MicroMasters courses are a required part of the 10-course online MS in Accounting program. Every student in the MS in Accounting program must take the MicroMasters path.
What is the IUx MicroMasters credential in information systems?
The IUx MicroMasters credential in information systems consists of three online courses and is designed to:
- Explore structured transactional data and known questions along with unknown, less organized questions enabled by raw/external data sets in the data lakes. Topics include data strategy and data governance, relational databases/SQL, data integration, master data management, and big data technologies.
- Look at digital technology and innovation from the perspective of a chief information officer (CIO). Investigate agile frameworks, cybersecurity and risk management, IT investments, and vendor management.
- Develop strong data analysis skills and the ability to accurately describe and interpret analytical findings.
To earn the IUx MicroMasters in information systems credential, you must successfully pass and receive a verified certificate in all three courses in the MicroMasters program (BUKD-X590, BUKD-X591, and BUKX-T588).
The MicroMasters information systems courses are a required part of the 10-course online MS in Information Technology Management (MSITM) program. Every student in the MSITM program must take the MicroMasters path.
Do I need to be a verified learner to earn the IUx MicroMasters credential?
Yes. If you are interested in the IUx MicroMasters credential, you must successfully pass and receive a verified certificate in all three courses in the MicroMasters program.
Is the MicroMasters a degree-granting program?
The MicroMasters program is NOT a degree-granting program nor is it a guarantee of admission to the Indiana University Kelley School of Business graduate program. It is a separate stand-alone professional certificate.
Do the MicroMasters credentials in accounting and information systems, respectively, count toward the MS in Accounting and MS in Information Technology Management programs?
The MicroMasters credential is a stand-alone professional certificate. Once a MicroMasters credential holder is admitted to the 30 credit hour MS in Information Technology Management or MS in Accounting program, 9 credits can be applied toward the master’s program and therefore only 21 credits will be needed to graduate.
Do any of the MicroMasters courses have prerequisites?
No prerequisite is required for any MicroMasters course.
In what order must the MicroMasters courses be taken?
The courses may be taken in any order.
Is there any way to reduce the time needed to take and pass each course?
No. The courses are instructor-paced and run 12 weeks.
What is the MicroMasters completion policy?
If you accept the offer of admission into the Master of Science program prior to your completion of the MicroMasters certificate, you will have one year from date of admission acceptance to successfully complete the MicroMasters courses and earn the MicroMasters certificate. Students who do not successfully complete the MicroMasters courses and earn the MicroMasters certificate within the one-year time period will not be allowed to matriculate into the full Master of Science program at Indiana University.
Am I considered an IU student if I am taking IUx accounting or information systems MicroMasters courses?
No. While the MicroMasters® courses are a required portion of our master’s programs, students do not matriculate into the Indiana University system until they are ready to begin the fourth course of study in the 10-course program. This is because the MicroMasters® courses are offered on a massive open online course (MOOC) system and a bachelor’s degree and application are not required.
If a learner applies to the IU online MS in Accounting or MS in Information Technology Management program and is accepted, as they enter the fourth course of study in the program, they will be assigned a University ID and email, and will be entitled to all the rights and privileges of IU students.
Coursework and student experience
What will my terms at IU be like if I come to the online MS in Accounting or MS in Information Technology Management program with the relevant MicroMasters credential?
A typical study load could be one to two courses per term depending on availability of faculty and demand for courses. Learners can expect more live session interaction opportunities, which are recorded for later viewing if the student is unable to attend. The learning platform (edX) will continue to be used for instruction. Refer to the academic calendar for a breakdown of the schedule.
Will I be prepared for the CPA exam by completing the online MS in Accounting program?
Students who wish to become licensed certified public accountants will need to take the uniform CPA examination. Although the CPA exam is a uniform, nationally administered examination within the United States, the academic requirements needed to sit for the exam vary from state to state. It is each student’s responsibility to research the requirements to sit for the CPA exam based upon state guidelines. While our program is designed to strengthen your CPA evaluation outcome, it is each student’s responsibility to prepare for and pass the CPA examination.
What is the Kelley via edX deferral policy?
You are expected to begin coursework in the term for which you applied and were admitted. You may request to defer your program start a maximum of one time by providing a written request to the admissions office. If your deferral request is approved, you will be required to meet the degree requirements and pay the tuition rate effective at the time you matriculate into the program. If you do not enroll in courses in the next available start term, you will be administratively withdrawn. You must then fully apply for admittance into any future term, and admission into future cohorts is not guaranteed.
Cost and funding options
What is the cost for the online MS in Accounting or MS in Information Technology Management?
The MS in Accounting and MS in Information Technology Management each comprise 10 courses at a total cost of $21,000. The first three courses, which make up the MicroMasters credential, are $499 per course, payable to edX online as you enroll as a verified learner on the edX platform. Once you are accepted to the MS program, the remaining seven courses cost approximately $2,785 per course, payable to Indiana University. Each term is 12 weeks long with four terms a year, so you can complete the course in as little as 21 months or as long as three years.
Is financial aid available for the MicroMasters courses?
While online master’s degree students may apply for federal loans or other opportunities, we do not offer scholarships or funding for the edX MicroMasters courses. One reason for this is that the MicroMasters courses are offered on a massive open online course (MOOC) system which is open to anyone and does not require an application. Most students who have been accepted into the IU Kelley School of Business master’s program, however, have successfully sought tuition reimbursement from their employers as part of a professional growth plan.
Is there a formal way to apply or enroll in the MicroMasters programs?
The MicroMasters programs do not require an application. To earn the MicroMasters credential in either accounting or information systems, you should enroll via the edX website in the verified track of three courses in the program and receive a passing grade in each course.
What is the path to earning an MS in Information Technology Management or MS in Accounting from IU?
You must apply and receive admission to the master’s program, which requires completion of seven courses in addition to the three MicroMasters courses.
I have a three-year degree. Will that count?
Our program requires that applicants have the equivalent of a four-year US bachelor’s degree. The Office of International Services (OIS) will conduct a bachelor’s degree equivalency review before your application is reviewed by the Kelley edX admissions committee. Please visit the OIS equivalent degrees page or more information. Students with a three-year degree will need to complete the first year of a postgraduate degree to be eligible for admission.
If you have questions about the process, please contact our Kelley program specialist for the edX partnership, Arpita Bala, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-856-3482.
Student Code of Conduct
From the IU Student Code of Conduct: The purposes of Indiana University include the advancement of knowledge, the pursuit of truth, the development of students, and the promotion of the general well-being of society. As a community, we share a dedication to maintaining an environment that supports trust, respect, honesty, civility, free inquiry, creativity, and an open exchange of ideas. Individual rights are best protected by a collective commitment to mutual respect. A student who accepts admission to Indiana University agrees to: 1. Be ethical in his or her participation in the academic community, 2. Take responsibility for what he or she says and does, 3. Behave in a manner that is respectful of the dignity of others, treating others with civility and understanding, 4. Use university resources and facilities in appropriate ways consistent with their purpose and in accordance with applicable polices. Every Indiana University student is responsible for reading and understanding this Statement, as well as other expectations identified by individual schools or organizations relevant to an academic major, professional field, or on-campus residence. This Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct is intended to identify the basic rights, responsibilities, and expectations of all students and student groups to serve as a guide for the overall student experience at Indiana University.
The following are the procedures executed when the professor believes an academic misconductincident (cheating, fabrication, and/or plagiarism) has occurred:
- The professor will hold a meeting with the student, explaining what is suspected and why. The student will be given a chance to explain and the faculty will dismiss the issue if it is cleared up at this point.
- If the issue remains unresolved, the professor will refer the problem to the Kelley via edX Program Conduct Review Committee, which will investigate the matter and recommend a course of action to the professor following the investigation.
- Taking the recommendation Conduct Review Committee into consideration, the instructor may impose an academic sanction to fit the offense. The student has the right to appeal the sanction with the professor. The student may also seek counsel from the Student Advocates Office
A student must not use, or attempt to use, unauthorized assistance, materials, information, or study aids in any academic exercise, including, but not limited to, the following:
- A student must not use external assistance on any "in-class" or "take-home" examination, unless the instructor specifically has authorized external assistance. This prohibition includes, but is not limited to, the use of tutors, books, notes, and calculators.
- Team based assignments: Students may not work with others outside of their team for the completion of team-based assignments unless the instructor specifically has authorized cross-team work.
- Individual assignments: A student may not work with other students in completing an individual assignment unless the instructor specifically has authorized joint work.
- It is at the instructor's discretion whether students may discuss concepts and methodologies when completing an individual assignment. All submitted work must be original work from the individual.
- A student may not use his or her computer to connect to the Internet or communicate with persons inside or outside of the classroom during exams not designated as open-book and open-computer.
- At the instructor's discretion,computers may be used for computations or for composing written essays during closed books exams. A student may only use a blank worksheet/document and may not use any other resource on his or her computer during the examination unless the instructor specifically has authorized use of other resources, and then only the resources authorized may be used.
- A student must not use another person as a substitute in the taking of a test or quiz.
- A student must not steal examinations or other course materials.
- A student must not allow others to conduct research or to prepare work for him or her without advance authorization from the instructor to whom the work is being submitted. Under this prohibition, a student must not make any unauthorized use of materials obtained from commercial term paper companies or from files of papers prepared by other persons.
- A student must not collaborate with other persons on a project and submit a copy of a written report that is represented explicitly or implicitly as the student’s individual work.
- For team projects, students may not work with others outside of their team for team-based assignments unless the instructor specifically has authorized cross-team work.
- A student must not use any unauthorized assistance in a laboratory, at a computer terminal, or on fieldwork.
- A student must not submit substantial portions of the same academic work for credit or honors more than once without permission of the instructor to whom the work is being submitted. (No "double dipping"—originality assumption).
- A student must not alter a grade or score in any way. Professors will make every effort to clarify what is "authorized" and "unauthorized" aid for each deliverable in the course. In the event that a professor does not make this designation clear, it is each student's responsibility to obtain clarification directly from the course professor. (Email is the preferred method for doing so to establish documentation of the agreement between the course professor and the student.) Fabrication A student must not falsify or invent any information or data in an academic exercise including, but not limited to, records or reports, laboratory results, and citations to the sources of information. Plagiarism A student must not adopt or reproduce ideas, words, or statements of another person or authoritative source without appropriate acknowledgment. A student must give credit to the originality of others and acknowledge indebtedness whenever he or she does any of the following:
- Quotes another person’s actual words, either oral or written;
- Paraphrases another person’s words, either oral or written;
- Uses another person’s idea, opinion, or theory; or
- Borrows facts, statistics, or other illustrative material, unless the information is common knowledge. When using text that contains the same wording as the original, that text must appear in quotation marks with the appropriate citation. When paraphrasing text, the appropriate citation must appear in the text or in a footnote or endnote. This same use of citations is required for communicating another person's ideas, opinions, or theories unless that information is common knowledge. In no case should a student leave the reader or listener with the impression that the work is original if it is not.
Until a final decision about the alleged misconduct is reached, sanctions must not be irreversible. For example, a student cannot be asked to “stop attending class” because it is not possible to recoup the class time lost should the sanction be overturned by a committee.
- Within fourteen (14) calendar days of receiving the student’s appeal, the instructor must report the incident to the Division of Student Affairs. The Dean of Students will send the report to the student, the dean of the school in which the student is enrolled, and Kelley’s Associate Dean of Faculty and Research.
- Once a sanction has been imposed and the report is received, the student has fourteen (14) calendar days to appeal the sanction (if desired) by submitting a written appeal to Kelley’s Associate Dean of Faculty and Research.
- At this point, the student will be directed to attempt resolution with the Kelley School department chair. If no resolution is reached, the matter is referred to the Academic Fairness Committee, which conducts a hearing and hands down a decision on the matter, which is final at the school level.
- If the student believes that a serious procedural error has prevented him or her from fairly presenting the case or that a possible additional sanction imposed by the Dean of Students is arbitrary or disproportionate, he or she may appeal one last time to the Vice Provost for Faculty of Academic Affairs who will convene a campus review board to review the matter. The decision of the Campus Review Board is final.
Procedure for Grade Appeals Kelley School of Business Approved by the Academic Fairness Committee and the Academic Council November 15, 1999.
- A student who wishes to appeal a final grade in a course should first discuss the matter with the instructor. If the student is unable to resolve the matter, the student may appeal to the department chair within two weeks after meeting with the instructor. The chair may mediate between the instructor and the student but does not have authority to change the grade without the consent of the instructor.
- If the matter is not resolved, the student may appeal to the School’s Academic Fairness Committee by filing a written appeal with the office of the Associate Dean of Faculty and Research, who shall then forward the matter to the AFC. The point of contact is . Kelley edX students have 60 days from the course end date to file an appeal.
- The AFC has the authority to hear grade appeals and make appropriate adjustments under resolution of the Faculty Council. However, the AFC will adjust a final grade only upon a finding that the student’s rights as expressed in Part I of the Indiana University Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct, have been violated. Under Resolution of the Faculty Council and the Academic Council of the Kelley School of Business, the decision of the committee is final.