Assume leadership of an organization’s accounting.

A Corporate Controller is the chief accounting officer and head of an organization’s accounting department. The Controller is responsible for an organization’s financial statements, general ledger, cost accounting, payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable and budgeting. They may also be responsible for tax preparation and public financial filings. Corporate controllers oversee the financial health and stability of an organization, monitor financial risk, and develop strategic financial plans. Successful candidates will be uniquely qualified to excel with the accounting, finance, and treasury staffs of corporations and other organizations. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, financial manager jobs are projected to grow 16 percent between 2018 and 2028.

What is it?

The Graduate Certificate in Corporate Controllership 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). It’s designed for individuals seeking to develop expertise in managerial accounting and corporate financial leadership.

Working professionals seeking to upgrade their professional qualification will gain specialized skills applicable to leadership in corporate accounting. The certificate further signals a special interest in the practice of corporate accounting and financial leadership.

Throughout the program, students will receive additional advanced training in corporate financial accounting, reporting, systems and cost controllership while gaining knowledge required to be a transformative leader in the finance group of corporations and other organizations. The program emphasizes internal controls and offers advanced study in cost behaviors and control. The curriculum provides expertise necessary to lead both financial reporting and financial planning and analysis groups and is relevant for the CPA Exam.

One Required Course:

ACCTNG 5411: Cost Systems Analysis

Choose Three Elective Courses from the Following:

ACCTNG 5412: Graduate Topics in Management Accounting: Controllership

ACCTNG 4441: Advanced Federal Income Tax: Business Taxation

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

ACCTNG 5444/SCMA 6345: Business Analytics and Data Mining

Career Opportunities

Financial Manager
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Serious Education. Serious Value.

The Graduate Certificate in Corporate Controllership 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.

You’ll learn from highly qualified PhD faculty with significant practical experience. Many hold terminal degrees from some of the world’s most prestigious accounting programs. They’re not only academics, but business practitioners and active consultants who bridge 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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