Accounting and Financial Analytics
Online advanced certificate
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These jobs will grow 15% by 2026

Employers need accounting and financial analysts to help make data-driven financial decisions, improve processes and profits, and solve their most pressing finance problems. Connect with your admissions counselor to learn more.

Annual Salaries
Annual average salaries for jobs in this field: Market Research Analyst – $80,000. Management Analyst – $94,000. Computer and Information Researcher – $118,000.
Employment Growth
Employment for business analysts will grow 15% by 2026. Data analysis skills account for 55% of all skills posted for jobs in this field.
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World-class faculty – Our faculty engage in current research, and have hands-on expertise in high-technology and business industries. Students benefit from faculty's unique perspectives and experiences. 

Acquire financial analytics skills to increase your marketability 

Today's accounting and finance professionals are expected to serve as business partners and experts who use data analytics to inform recommendations on business strategy. Developed and taught by RIT's esteemed Saunders College of Business faculty, the advanced certificate in accounting and financial analytics provides knowledge in data science and statistical analysis so accounting and finance professionals can mine and analyze data to improve business strategy, operations, and outcomes.

The online curriculum and faculty are identical to the on-campus program, and online students receive the same distinguished certificate. The analytics courses offered focus on a variety of applications across various business disciplines. One of our fastest-growing programs, this career-focused program was developed in conjunction with top employers such as Intuit, Excellus, and Price Waterhouse, with a curriculum designed to help students understand and connect contemporary analytics technologies with today’s business and financial practices.  

Questions? Connect with your admissions counselor.


What you will learn 

This graduate-level credential provides finance and accounting professionals with the data skills they need to operate effectively in today’s data-centric environment. You will learn how to access, interpret, analyze, and report business data, as well as use visualization as a decision-making tool in functional business areas.

The online curriculum and faculty are identical to the on-campus program, and online students receive the same distinguished degree. Courses completed in the certificate program may be applied to the master’s degree in business analytics, or can be used as valuable academic and applied experience for students pursuing master's degrees in fields such as finance, accounting, management, applied statistics, and computer science.

Questions? Connect with your admissions counselor.


A foundation for the MS degree in Business Analytics 

With your advanced certificate in accounting and financial analytics, the MS degree in business analytics is within your reach. The 12 credits/four courses may be fully applied toward the master’s degree.  

Learn more about the MS degree in business analytics. 


100% online degree designed for working professionals. 2 convenient start dates per year. Complete in 24 months.
Leverage your degree from a top university meeting industry demand with a unique fusion of STEM and key non-stem disciplines.
Earn a credential and advance your career while you work toward your MS. The 4-course graduate advanced certificate counts toward your MS degree.
Financial business analysts can transition into19 distinct occupation groups, and are in demand across disciplines, fields, and domains.


Credit hours, price & duration

The online advanced certificate in accounting and financial analytics requires 12 credits and costs $1,191 per credit hour (Academic Year 2020-2021). You may complete this credential studying part-time in as few as 12 months. For your convenience, we offer 2 start dates per year.


Related graduate-level degrees 

RIT’s faculty and curriculum are at the leading edge of creativity, innovation, and design. You may be interested in these degree programs focused on data analytics which also emphasize application of emerging technologies, tools, and strategy to impact and influence industry.


Advanced certificate in accounting and financial analytics curriculum


ACCT-645 | Accounting Information and Analytics (3 credits)

FINC-780 | Financial Analytics (3 credits)

MGIS-650 | Introduction to Data Analytics and Business Intelligence (3 credits)

Choose one of the following: 

BANA-680 | Data Management for Business Analytics (3 credits)

MGIS-725 | Data Management and Analytics (3 credits)


Admission requirements

  • Complete a graduate application.
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university or college.
  • Submit official transcripts (in English) of all previously completed undergraduate and graduate course work.
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent).
  • Submit a personal statement.
  • Submit a current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation from academic or professional sources.
  • International applicants whose native language is not English must submit scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE.
  • Certain countries are subject to comprehensive embargoes under US Export Controls, which prohibit virtually ALL exports, imports and other transactions without a license or other US Government authorization.


It’s quick and easy to apply!

Start your application now. We encourage you to begin your application now! Simply create an admissions account, and then begin your online application, which will take about 15 minutes to complete. You may save your work and return at any time. Your application may be submitted with or without the application fee and any supporting documents you wish to supply.

You may submit unofficial copies of your transcripts. If you are admitted, we’ll need the official transcript at that time.
RIT requires a $65 application fee for applicants. You may pay the application fee using a credit card.
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Questions about applying?

Connect with Admissions Advisor, Karen Palmer

RIT’s Saunders College of Business is accredited by the AACSB, the premier agency which defines quality standards for business programs.