Certificates of Graduate Study

Accountancy certificates of graduate study are the ideal supplement for someone with a bachelor's degree in accountancy who is seeking advanced study but not a master's degree. The accounting analytics certificate is also a way to concentrate elective choices within the Master of Accounting Science (M.A.S.) degree to achieve an analytics specialization. Please contact the Accountancy graduate advisor Steve Kispert at skispert@niu.edu if you would like to know more about these programs or if they might work for you.

Foundation of Accountancy

The Foundation of Accountancy certificate of graduate study in accountancy is designed to provide working professionals and non-accountancy graduate students with a set of courses focused on the foundational areas in the accountancy discipline. The Foundation of Accountancy certificate will enhance a student's understanding of the role of accounting in business and other organizations. The courses partially fulfill the educational requirements to sit for the CPA examination and count towards completion of the M.A.S. Phase One accountancy courses for the Master of Accounting Science and Master of Accountancy programs.

Advanced Study in Accountancy

The 15-hour Certificate of Advanced Study in Accountancy is ideally suited for students pursuing short-term study focused on selected technical areas related to accountancy. The certificate is designed for graduate-level students interested in the advancement of their skills beyond the bachelor's degree or in preparation for certification examinations in accountancy.

Program Highlights

  • Designed for graduates with 135 or more completed hours.
  • Select from advanced coursework in auditing, tax, and data analytics.
  • Certificate credit can be used to fulfill M.A.S. requirements.

Accounting Analytics

The 15-hour Certificate of Advanced Study in Accounting Analytics is designed for graduate-level students interested in increasing data analysis and problem-solving skills in accountancy. The certificate can be completed as part of the M.A.S. degree or as a stand-alone credential that will improve analytics skills in taxation, information systems, and accounting.

Program Highlights

  • Nationally-ranked program and faculty.
  • Supplemental technical accounting knowledge that accounting firms seek.
  • Certificate credit can be used to fulfill M.A.S. requirements.

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