M.S. in Accountancy program adds new data analytics concentration
Published: August 25, 2020 / Author: Amanda N. Jacobson
Beginning fall 2020, the Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) program will offer a new data analytics concentration as well as a host of accounting-focused data analytics courses.
Developed through a collaboration between existing accounting analytics faculty and new associate teaching professor of accountancy Elizabeth Chorvat, the concentration can be earned through eight credit hours of approved coursework and is available to students pursuing either MSA degree track: Assurance and Advisory Services or Tax Services.
Required courses for the data analytics concentration include Data Exploration & Visualization and Accounting Data Management, as well as Advanced Accounting Analytics.
Through Data Exploration & Visualization, students will apply data visualization techniques to solve for simulated client needs across sectors. Utilizing Tableau, Alteryx, Tableau Prep, and R Studio, students will develop dashboards that distill complex information into efficient, accessible formats.
In the Accounting Data Management course, students will learn to build and query relational databases using Structured Query Language (SQL); scrape the Web for data using robotic process automation techniques with UiPath; and broaden their understanding of SEC compliance in the context of organizing, analyzing and transmitting financial data with XBRL – among other key data manipulation techniques.
Advanced Accounting Analytics is a new upper-level course designed to further enhance students’ analytical skills through further practice with Tableau, Alteryx, SQL, R Studio, simulations, and nonlinear programming in the context of multi-disciplinary concepts introduced by industry experts, applied in a variety of real-world mock engagements.
Current and admitted students are encouraged to discuss additional courses of interest that may count toward the new concentration during course registration.