Accounting Data Analytics Certificate
Credit Hours
Month Completion
Class Type
100% online, 12-week courses
Next Start Date
Mar 27, 2023
Cost Per Credit

Grow Your Skills and Your Career with an Online Accounting Data Analytics Certificate

A forward-thinking accountant can help inform business decisions by analyzing data and asking the right questions. Franklin’s Accounting Data Analytics Certificate will equip you with the skills you need to get, or stay, on top of your game amid growing reliance on data. This 100% online certificate program will deepen your knowledge of the technology and processes necessary to prepare data for analysis and presentation. Whether you want to boost your accounting career, prepare for the CPA exam or better understand how data analysis capabilities can enhance various accounting roles, this four-course certificate is a great investment in your professional development. 

Program Availability

On Site

Finish in 12 Months

Build data analytics skills quickly.

Get Your Edge

Differentiate yourself with next-level accounting insights.

Leverage Big Data

Uncover patterns to inform strategy. 

100% Online Classes

Earn your degree around your schedule.

Learn from the Best

Benefit from the experience of your instructors – seasoned, in-field practitioners.

Program Overview

Learn processes and technologies key to data analytics and increase your value in the workplace 

Until recently, accounting professionals spent significant time manually analyzing data and performing repetitive tasks. In the ever-evolving business environment, employers expect accountants to be familiar with data analytics and processing tools. You’ll gain hands-on practice with Excel, Python and Tableau, get an introduction to data manipulation and visualization, and learn how to use data analytics to fuel decision making.

Learn from case studies that combine data analytics and accounting knowledge 

Rather than simply preparing and reporting information, nearly all CPAs rely on data analytics skills. Auditors use data analytics to enable continuous monitoring, continuous auditing and analysis of full data sets from audited samples. CFOs and finance leaders use big data to discover patterns in customer behavior and market trends to drive company strategy. 

Real-world scenarios included in the certificate curriculum connect the dots to illustrate how data analytics fundamentals, including business problem framing, data wrangling, descriptive and inferential statistics, data visualization and data storytelling in analytics, can be used to improve results in a variety of accounting roles.

Earn a unique accounting and data analytics certificate in as few as 12 months  

As data analysis continues to become a more significant part of accounting responsibilities, the Accounting Data Analytics certificate provides theoretical and practical expertise to help you reach your goals. Whether you are a bachelor’s-degree student looking for a competitive edge in the  job market, or an experienced professional who wants to upskill and add to your value in your organization, the certificate is a great investment in your future. The certificate can be completed in as few as 12 months by taking a combination of 6- and 12-week courses. 

Moreover, the certificate, designed for accounting professionals, is more accessible than similar certificates that require a master’s degree or a CPA designation. In fact, if earning a CPA designation is part of your plan, the certificate is a win-win. The 16 hours you’ll receive as part of completing the certificate will count toward the 150-hour requirement, as currently proposed by the Ohio Society of CPAs, that must be met before a CPA can be licensed. 

Earn an Accounting Data Analytics Certificate from a university built for busy adults

Earn your Accounting Data Analytics Certificate on your terms by taking classes 100% online. Accredited and nonprofit, Franklin was built from the ground-up to satisfy the needs of adult learners. Our seamless transfer process and team of academic advisors will help ease your transition to becoming a student, while our flexible course schedules help to balance your education with work, family and life. Get started on your future today.

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Curriculum & Course Descriptions

16 Semester Hours
Major Area Required
DATA 300 - Introduction to Analytics (4)

This course introduces the fundamentals of Business and Data Analytics. Students will learn the fundamentals of business problem framing, data wrangling, descriptive and inferential statistics, data visualization, and data storytelling in analytics. Not open to students with credit for INFA 300.

DATA 310 - Data Visualization (4)

This course introduces data visualization fundamentals using the leading visualization tools in the industry and focuses on project-based learning. Students will learn how to develop dashboards and discover insight effectively based on data. Not open to students with credit for INFA 350.

ACCT 445 - Accounting Data Analytics (4)

Data analytics is changing the face of business and will play an increasing role in decision-making and financial statement audits. In this course, students will learn the process used in data analytics. Students will also gain hands-on practice in using data analytics to provide information for decision-making. The course provides an overview of different tools used in Data Analytics.

ACCT 425 - Accounting Information Systems (4)

This course creates a framework for accounting information systems by combining knowledge about business as it relates to information systems, information technology, and accounting. Students will examine the REA enterprise ontology as it relates to databases which can be used to store and retrieve information for decision-making within an organization. Students learn that in the competitive organizations of today, and tomorrow, accountants cannot simply prepare and report information; they must take a more active role in understanding and creating systems and processes that impact the organization's bottom line.

Program Details

Career Opportunities

Accounting Analyst

Accounting analysts prepare and examine financial reports to ensure accuracy and compliance.


Auditors are retained by a company (internal auditor) or a third party (external auditor) to review the accuracy of an organization’s financial statements and examine documents for any evidence of mismanagement.

Audit Analyst

Audit analysts hold companies to business and industry rules and guidelines, while ensuring financial documents are correct and complete. 

Financial Analyst

Financial analysts collect information and create spreadsheets and reports to examine the feasibility of a business opportunity and prepare a recommendation based on their analysis.

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