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Assume leadership of an organization’s financial reporting.

Financial reporting is the process by which companies communicate their financial position and operational results. This vital information is necessary for efficiently and effectively participating in capital markets. Accounting professionals who work in financial reporting must accurately prepare and interpret financial statements and their accompanying disclosures in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). Extend your knowledge and understanding to make you better prepared to assume a leadership role in financial reporting, a growing career opportunity. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, financial manager jobs are projected to grow 16 percent between 2018 and 2028.

The Graduate Certificate in Corporate Financial Reporting

The Graduate Certificate in Corporate Financial Reporting 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 who work with accounting data, consultants, financial analysts and managers who must be able to read and comprehend financial statements. Working professionals seeking to upgrade their skills or prepare for promotion in either public company auditing roles or corporate financial reporting roles will gain specialized skills applicable to leadership in corporate accounting.

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 finance groups of corporations and other organizations. The curriculum provides expertise necessary to lead both financial reporting and financial planning and analysis groups and is relevant for the CPA Exam.

Three Required Courses:

ACCTNG 4401: Financial Accounting and Reporting III

ACCTNG 4402: Financial Accounting and Reporting IV

ACCTNG 5402: Professional Accounting Research OR ACCTNG 5406: Research and Professional Writing in Accounting

Choose One of the Following Courses:

ACCTNG 5403: Graduate Topics in Financial Accounting

ACCTNG 5412: Graduate Topics in Managerial Accounting

ACCTNG 5451:
Accounting and Auditing in Governmental and
Not-for-Profit Entities

Career Opportunities

Independent Auditor
Corporate Accounting Officer
Corporate Controller
Manager of Financial Reporting
Director of Investor Relations
Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Serious Education. Serious Value.

The Graduate Certificate in Corporate Financial Reporting 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 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.

College of Business Administration
Graduate Business Programs
104 Anheuser-Busch Hall
1 University Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63121
(314) 516-5885

Office of Graduate Admissions
121 Woods Hall
1 University Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63121
(314) 516-5458