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Program Overview

Information processing technologies and the availability of data are changing how accountants work and what they do. Michigan State University's Graduate Certificate in Accounting Analytics program not only focuses on understanding accounting implications of emerging data, analytical technologies and technical skill development but also managing projects. The certificate provides a foundation for understanding and adapting in this quickly changing arena.

The nine-credit, online Graduate Certificate in Accounting Analytics program is designed to meet the professional development needs of accounting professionals, and it also provides an alternative pathway for students seeking to meet the 150 Hour Rule for CPA certification.

Program Outcomes

Students in the graduate certificate can advance their competency in data analytics, critical thinking and project management skills while also learning advanced accounting and auditing topics.

Career Outlook

Data analytics and project management skills are in demand by many employers, including public accounting firms and corporations. Also, professionals already working in an accounting, audit, tax or consulting position can retool and increase their competencies in data analytics and increase their value and marketability with positions and salaries like these:

Accountant/Auditor: $70,500

Cost Estimator: $64,040

Budget Analyst: $76,220

Financial Analyst: $85,660

Financial Manager: $127,990



  • ACC 827Accounting Analytics3 Credits
  • MBA 500Ethics in Data Analytics 3 Credits


  • ACC 814Advanced Auditing 3 Credits
  • ACC 822Information Systems Project Management 3 Credits
  • ACC 843Value Chain Accounting and Analytics 3 Credits

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. A bachelor's degree

  2. 3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
  3. Completed coursework

    Major of accounting or finance and a cumulative undergraduate grade-point average of 3.0

  4. Previous work experience


  5. Official transcripts from all previous schools

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete a university graduate application (program code: 6097).
  2. Pay a one-time, nonrefundable $100 application and transcript fee.
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Key Dates

Rolling applications. Students can start the program in any semester. We recommend applications are submitted at least one month prior to the start of the semester to allow time for processing.

Tuition & Fees

In State Tuition

  • $8,550
  • Total

Out of State Tuition

  • $8,550
  • Total


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