Advance your accounting analytics skills.

There has been a massive transformation in the field of accounting with the availability and need to analyze big data. Businesses, governments and institutions across all sectors are collecting more data and information than ever before. These massive data caches are used by analytics professionals to inform decision making within organizations. Major advancements in accounting technologies have shifted the role of accountants to that of business advisor, and they are increasingly finding their job requires skills and competencies in data analytics. Today’s accounting analytics professionals must know how to manage, process, and analyze big data in order to provide insights, diagnose problems, predict trends and prescribe solutions. As companies continue to find more ways to collect and commercialize data, opportunities in this field are expected to grow well into the future.

What is it?

The Graduate Certificate in Accounting Data Analytics is a 12-credit-hour program that can be completed in as few as two semesters (taking 6 credit hours per semester) or up to four semesters (taking 3 credit hours per semester). The program is designed for students and working professionals seeking to develop expertise in data analytics applied to the accounting profession.

Students who recently completed their undergraduate studies can use this certificate program to prepare for the CPA examination and attach in-demand credentials to their resume ensuring they are competitively positioned for employment contributing to the audit, tax, and services group at CPA firms, or in the data analysis group in business, healthcare, government or academic institution. Working professionals seeking to upgrade their professional qualification will acquire these important, new, highly sought-after skills.

The program places an emphasis on application of accounting data analysis tools to solve business problems. Throughout the program, students will learn data management, modeling, cleaning and analysis skills while gaining hands-on experience developing solutions to real world problems using all relevant technologies including Excel, Power BI, Tableau, various audit data analytic technologies, R and Python.

Choose Any Four of the Following Courses:

ACCTNG 5435: Graduate Topics in Auditing

ACCTNG 5443/INFSYS 6833: Decision Support Systems for Business Intelligence

ACCTNG 6460: Advanced Data Integration

ACCTNG 5444/SCMA 6345: Business Analytics and Data Mining

ACCTNG 4450/SCMA 4350: Prescriptive Analytics and Optimization

Career Opportunities

External Auditor
Internal Auditor
CPA Firm Solutions Consultant
Corporate Controller
Financial Researcher
Operations Analyst
Data Scientist
Data Engineer
Quantitative Analyst
Data Analytics Consultant
Digital Marketing Manager/
Advertising Analytics
Project Manager

Serious Education. Serious Value.

The Graduate Certificate in Accounting Data Analytics at UMSL is earned through our internationally recognized College of Business Administration, ranked among the top 2 percent of business schools in the world thanks to dual AACSB accreditation in both business and accounting.

Our innovative certificate programs are designed to provide specialized knowledge, skills and training in a flexible format, and in a short amount of time. Completing a certificate program can help set you apart, sharpen your competitive edge, boost your earning power and advance in your profession. If you’re preparing to sit for the CPA Exam, pass rates for UMSL students are at levels far above national averages.

You’ll learn from highly qualified educators and researchers who hold terminal degrees from some of the world’s most prestigious accounting programs. They’re not only academics, but accounting professionals with vast experience at CPA firms and corporations, bridging the classroom with the real world.

The University of Missouri–St. Louis provides the knowledge, resources, tools, skills and support students will need to be successful in our programs. Designed to accommodate busy adults, the flexibility of this program enables students to boost their credentials while balancing work, family and school life. UMSL is committed to increasing access to higher education, and as such, is consistently ranked number one in affordability in the St. Louis region.


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