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Gain advanced skills through a graduate accounting certificate online

Across the globe, the development of information processing technologies and the availability of data are rapidly changing how accountants approach their work. Equip yourself with the cutting-edge accounting and data analytics skills you need to succeed in the industry through a graduate accounting certificate online at Michigan State University.

At MSU, our graduate certificate in accounting and data analytics is designed to meet the ongoing development needs of accounting professionals like you. It also will provide an alternative pathway for you if you’re seeking to meet the 150-hour rule for Certified Public Accountant certification.

Fulfill 150-hour rule requirements on your terms

9 credits
Complete 3 courses in 12 months

Asynchronous with optional synchronous interactions

Designed for professionals like you seeking advanced skills in accounting and data analytics

Data visualization. Managerial accounting systems. Data mining. Gain advanced skills in each of these areas — and others — through a graduate accounting certificate for data analytics online at MSU.

As you earn your graduate accounting certificate at MSU, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of accounting implications of emerging data and analytical technologies while developing skills and strategies for managing projects, too.

Whether you’re an accountant looking to sharpen your skills while honing new ones, you’d like to advance to a senior or managerial role, or anything in between, a graduate-level online certificate in accounting analytics from MSU can help you do just that.

Curriculum for the Graduate Certificate in Accounting Analytics (9 credits)

Study emerging data and analytical technologies, how to manage information system projects, modeling business processes and more — all through the lens of accounting — as you earn a graduate accounting certificate online at MSU.

Courses may be taken in any order. Students are expected to maintain a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 in all courses in the certificate and a minimum 2.0 grade in each course for the course to count towards the certificate program.

1. All students must complete the following course:

2. Students must complete two of the following courses:


Admission Criteria

To be an eligible applicant for our graduate-level certificate in accounting and analytics, you must hold a cumulative undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0 and an undergraduate accounting or finance degree from a recognized institution.

Should you hold an undergraduate degree in another area of study, you may still qualify for admission into our online certificate in accounting program with certain course work and work experience.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted at any time but should be completed no later than two months prior to the desired starting semester.

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Tuition for the graduate accounting certificate online program is billed at $817.25 per credit-hour, whether you are an in-state or out-of-state student. Additional course-related expenses for reading materials or software licenses may be incurred.

Why earn a graduate accounting certificate online at MSU?

From faculty support to exciting and challenging course work, you’ll find it all at MSU when you pursue a graduate accounting certificate online.

At MSU, we understand that the fields of accounting and information systems are ever-growing, so we’ve designed our graduate accounting certificate to reflect these changes. We know that it’s crucial to provide students like you with the updated skills, resources and support you need to be a leader at the forefront of the industry. We’ll help you prepare for what’s to come — one course at a time.

Let’s get started

For additional details about the graduate accounting certificate online program at MSU, please complete our brief request form. We look forward to connecting with you.

Contact Information

  • Accounting Analytics Graduate Certificate
  • Lynne Zelenski
  • North Business Building
  • 632 Bogue St Rm N270
  • East Lansing, MI 48824
  • Phone: (517) 355-7486
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