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Gain Skills for Managerial Planning, Decision-Making and More at MSU

Sharpen your skills while gaining advanced credentials in managerial planning and analysis through Michigan State University’s accounting for management decision making graduate certificate program.

Whether you’re interested in transitioning into a corporate accounting or leadership role, or you simply want to enhance your existing skills for planning analysis and managerial finance, this graduate certificate program can help you meet your goals.

That’s because at MSU, our accounting for management decision making graduate certificate is designed to meet the needs of business and accounting professionals like you who’d like to tap into accounting data and other information to facilitate better decision-making.

Complete in 9–12 months

9 credits
3 seven-week courses

Asynchronous with optional synchronous interactions

Designed for Accounting Professionals Seeking Advanced Skills for Managerial Planning

Managerial planning and decision-making are no easy feats. Equip yourself with the advanced skills and credentials you need to assist your organization or firm in carrying out this work using data and accounting information.

This graduate certificate program focuses on the roles of managerial finance and accounting in decision-making, including the preparation, planning analysis and use of accounting information for strategy and control purposes.

Mastering skills and knowledge in these areas will equip you with the tools and experience you need to serve in a variety of managerial finance and business roles.

Curriculum for the Online Accounting for Management Decision Making Graduate Certificate (9 credits)

As an accounting for management decision making graduate certificate candidate at MSU, you’ll find a curriculum that taps into real-life scenarios and emphasizes the use of real-world big data to help you improve your critical thinking skills as they relate to managerial planning, decision-making and other important tasks.

You’ll also hone a variety of skills in data and planning analysis, analysis for financial management, data visualization and more.

You must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in all courses for the management decision making graduate certificate.

Students must complete the following courses:


Admissions criteria

Are you ready to study managerial planning and analysis for financial management at MSU? To be eligible for our graduate-level accounting for management decision making certificate, you must hold a bachelor’s degree in accounting or finance from an accredited institution with a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0.

If your bachelor’s degree is in a different field, you may still qualify for admission into our online managerial planning and decision-making program with certain coursework and work experience.

How to apply

While applications for our management decision making graduate certificate are accepted at any time, they should be completed no later than two months before your desired starting semester.

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As with our other graduate certificates in accounting and data analytics, tuition for our graduate accounting for management decision making program is billed at $817.25 per credit hour, whether you’re an in-state or out-of-state student. Additional course-related expenses for reading materials or software licenses may be incurred.

Why Study Managerial Analysis for Financial Management and Planning at MSU?

At MSU, we have a long history of educating accounting and information systems professionals like yourself. In fact, our Department of Accounting and Information Systems in the Broad College of Business is home to one of the top accounting programs in the country.

When you study managerial finance, analysis for financial management and similar subjects while earning your graduate certificate at MSU, you’ll gain keen insights you can immediately apply on the job. As you work with strategic management control systems and study the frameworks and methodologies for profitability and risk analyses, you’ll master several advanced skills that will benefit you now and in the future.

Let’s Get Started

To learn more about the accounting for management decision making graduate certificate program at MSU, complete our brief request form. We look forward to connecting with you.

Contact Information

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