Graduate Certificate in Assurance

About the Certificate

The Assurance Certificate program will provide students with advanced skills necessary to succeed in Assurance Services-related careers.  Through completion of the required coursework, students will be able to:

  • Assess business and financial reporting risks
  • Understand and apply auditing concepts and procedures
  • Design and implement internal controls
  • Understand the role of corporate governance in risk management
  • Implement fraud prevention and detection procedures
  • Understand how corporate taxes can impact a corporation's financial statements
  • Understand the basis of corporate taxation and book-to-tax differences (ASC 740)

School of Accountancy graduates with an Assurance Certificate will be prepared for a variety of careers including:  external and internal auditor, risk management, fraud examination, and consulting on risk, assurance, and fraud prevention.


Students may be admitted to the MAcc program to pursue the Assurance Certificate.  For students working towards an accountancy degree, courses will count towards the degree programs for the School of Accountancy.  Additional credit hours beyond those needed for the MAcc will not be required in most cases.

Students may also pursue the certificate as a stand-alone certificate or be working towards their Master of Science in Business.

Students must achieve an average of 3.0 GPA in all courses.  Coursework may only count towards two graduation requirements for students pursuing multiple graduate certificates and a graduate degree.


​Students are required to complete 15 credit hours to receive the certificate.  Courses are listed below for the assurance certificate.

ACCTCY 4384/7384Auditing Theory and Practice I3
ACCTCY 8373Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders3
ACCTCY 8404Internal Auditing3
ACCTCY 8414Audit of Internal Controls3
ACCTCY 8420Data Based Decision Making3
ACCTCY 8424Fraud Examination3
or ACCTCY 8438 Forensic Accounting
ACCTCY 8428Data Visualization and Data Mining3
ACCTCY 8436Advanced Accounting3
ACCTCY 8444Advanced Audit3
ACCTCY 8448Emerging Issues in Accounting Information Systems3
ACCTCY 8456Corporate Governance3
Total Hours: (12 of 15 credit hours must be graduate credit)15
Note: Additional coursework may count towards the assurance certificate with ACCTCY 8401 - Topics in Accounting courses, please inquire with an academic advisor in the School of Accountancy to discuss available coursework.

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