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Business | Beedie School of Business Simon Fraser University Calendar | Fall 2019

Accounting with Digital Analytics

Graduate Certificate

As institutions and their audit committees are increasingly concerned with technology and data analysis, providing instruction in the form of a Certificate in Accounting with Digital Analytics delivers the data analysis knowledge expected of professional financial services employees in order for them to advance professionally. Through educational programs that support the development of data analysis skills, financial service professionals will be prepared to embrace the changes coming to the auditing profession and obtain the skills they need to play a vital role in helping client organizations create value.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must satisfy the University admission requirements as stated in Graduate General Regulation 1.3 in the SFU Calendar. An undergraduate degree in business, management, commerce, or other suitable quantitatively oriented programs is required and a minimum of two years of applicable work experience. Candidates holding a professional designation such as a CPA and evidence of strong mathematics competency would also be ideal candidates.

Program Requirements

The Graduate Certificate in Accounting with Digital Analytics consists of course work and an applied project for a minimum of 15 units. Courses from other SFU graduate business programs, or a special topic course, may be substituted at the discretion of the academic director.

Students must complete all of

BUS 830 - Foundations of Business Systems and Data (3)

Enterprise information systems, the relational database systems that underlie them, and creating value through competitive analytics. Develop an understanding of database querying and analytical applications to inspect, summarize, and transform data.

BUS 831 - Analyzing and Visualizing Accounting Data (3)

An exploration of financial and non-financial data using summary measures, predictive models for decision-making, and graphic visualizations.

BUS 832 - Data Analytics for Auditing Practice (3)

The use of information technology across audit processes. Applying analytics to deliver a high-quality audit and improve internal and external reporting quality.

BUS 838 - Collaboration, Teaming, and Agile Methods (3)

Working collaboratively to practice agile project management techniques through team-based learning.

Section Instructor Day/Time Location
G200 Th, Fr, Sa, Su 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Th, Fr, Sa, Su 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
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and a project

BUS 839 - Applied Project (3)

A team-based strategic business analysis and essay supervised by a Simon Fraser University faculty member with support from a senior industry partner. Graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

Program Length

Students are expected to complete the program requirements within two terms.

Academic Requirements within the Graduate General Regulations

All graduate students must satisfy the academic requirements that are specified in the Graduate General Regulations, as well as the specific requirements for the program in which they are enrolled.