The Graduate Certificate in Accounting Data Security 

Protect confidential accounting data. 

With the significant increase in the collection and use of big data comes the need for an exploding area of expertise in CPA firms and organizations of all kinds: protecting the massive data caches used by analytics professionals to inform decision making within organizations. Understanding the importance and impact of cybersecurity risks on your organization or client and developing a security mindset to be a trusted adviser and key contributor is vital. Today’s accounting professional must know how to manage threats and have effective processes and controls in place to prevent, detect, respond to, mitigate and recover from cybersecurity events.

What is it?

The Graduate Certificate in Accounting Data Security 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 cybersecurity with an emphasis on corporate accounting information systems.

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. Working professionals seeking to upgrade their professional qualification will acquire these important, new, highly sought-after skills.

Throughout the program, students will gain knowledge and skills required to be an immediate contributor with audit, tax and cyber control teams at CPA firms, or in the data analysis group in corporations and other organizations. Advanced training in cybersecurity skills obtained in the UMSL Cybersecurity lab will increase your hands-on experience.


Choose Any Four of the Following Courses:

ACCTNG 5408: Fraud Examination

ACCTNG 5435: Graduate Topics in Auditing

ACCTNG 5436: Systems Auditing

ACCTNG 5465: Principles of Information Security

ACCTNG 5466: Management of Accounting Networks and Security

ACCTNG 5467: Advanced Data Security Concepts

ACCTNG 5468: Accounting Software Assurance

ACCTNG 5469: Management of Accounting Data Security

Career Opportunities
External Auditor
Internal Auditor
CPA Firm Solutions Consultant
Corporate Controller
Data Scientist
Data Engineer
Project Manager

Serious Education. Serious Value.

The Graduate Certificate in Accounting Data Security 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 be taught by 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.


College of Business Administration
Graduate Business Programs
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St. Louis, MO 63121
314-516-5885
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Office of Graduate Admissions
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1 University Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63121
314-516-5458
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