Students choose 4 of the following 5 courses to earn the certificate:

ACCT 5532 Contemporary Issues in Financial Reporting and Analysis: This course focuses on major financial reporting issues in consideration of the current data-centric technological and analytical environment. Broad topics are derived from FASB’s conceptual framework, including income determination and asset valuation. Specific topics covered in this course include risk management, intangibles, business combinations, earnings management, and corporate governance issues. This course introduces tools that link non-financial metrics with financial reports, providing actionable insights for external decision makers.

ACCT 5554 Introduction to Data Analytics for Accountants: This course is an introduction to skills and technologies (Excel, SAS, Tableau) used to analyze data with an emphasis on preparing accountants to interact with data scientists and others. The role of data analysis in the accounting profession will be explored.

ACCT 5555 Advanced Accounting Data Analytics: This course introduces more advanced techniques such as combining multiple data sources and non-linear models. Additional techniques for preparing data and dealing with data anomalies are explored and practiced. This is a technical, hands-on course.

ACCT 5557 Advanced Accounting Information Systems: This course provides an overview of Accounting Information Systems with emphasis on business process analysis, data modeling, business analytics, and internal controls. The course highlights emerging trends in data analytics and its growing impact in accounting. Students work directly with various software tools to learn relational database design, data retrieval, and analysis. In addition, the course introduces principles of Big Data, data visualization and software for fraud detection and internal controls.

ACCT 5583 Financial Reporting and Auditing Implications Related to Income Taxes: This course focuses on the financial reporting and auditing provisions related to federal, foreign, and state income taxes. Students will learn how to: calculate income tax amounts reported on the income statement, balance sheet, and statement of cash flows; prepare the income tax footnote and related disclosures; audit income tax balances and disclosures; identify the important processes that allow firms to accurately report income tax-related amounts and disclosures; and evaluate management’s assessment of internal controls relating to income taxes.