Online Graduate Certificates

Accounting Data Analytics

Gies College of Business


The 12-credit-hour Graduate Certificate in Accounting Data Analytics is one of Gies' fully-online, credit-bearing graduate certificates designed to reach learners who already hold an undergraduate degree and who don’t want, or need, a full graduate degree.

Organizations collect masses of data. Accounting professionals who know how to uncover, analyze, and communicate insights from those data to drive decision-making are in high demand. In the Graduate Certificate in Accounting Data Analytics program, you’ll develop standout data analytics capabilities and perform at the leading edge in the fast-changing field of accounting.

You’ll get the very latest from some of the best faculty in the world, teaching at the master’s level. Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois is consistently ranked among the top three accounting programs in the country and is a leader in data analytics.

Start Dates
August, October, 
January or March

Program Fees
$5,960 - $10,200 USD
(Depending on electives)

Credit Hours

8 Months

This certificate is designed for:

  • Accounting professionals looking to update skills
  • Business leaders without accounting backgrounds
  • Learners who are preparing for the CPA exam

Learn leading-edge analytics skills

You’ll develop exceptional accounting data analytics capabilities, including the ability to:

  • Frame problems in ways that can be answered by data and produce actionable results
  • Create interactive visualizations in Excel and Tableau to explore data, identify patterns and relationships, and communicate findings
  • Apply Python skills for assembling business data, including financial statement data, stock data, loan data, point-of-sale data, and more
  • Share results within Jupyter Notebook, a popular development environment for data analytic software such as Python and R
  • Use fundamental programming skills, such as mathematical operators, functions, conditional statements, and loops using Python
  • Conduct statistical analyses for quantifying patterns and relationships observed in the data

Course Details

You can complete the program in as few as eight months. This certificate is comprised of two required courses and eight credit hours of additional electives. This translates into a commitment of about ten hours per week.

Required courses

The following two courses are required for this graduate certificate.

ACCY 569: Data Driven Decisions in Accounting



ACCY 576: Data Preparation for Accounting


Elective Courses

Learners should select eight hours of elective courses from the list below.

ACCY 577: Machine Learning for Accounting



ACCY 578: Accounting Analytics Applications



MBA 563: Data Toolkit: Business Data Modeling & Predictive Analytics



MBA 564: Applying Analytics Across Business Functions


MBA 565: Infonomics