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The demands of big data now drive the accounting world

In response to a world relying upon data to make decisions, the role of the accountant is shifting. Businesses now demand that accounting professionals use advanced data mining and analysis to interpret and analyze financials, and deliver insights that guide strategic decision making. Accounting firms are responding by incorporating data analytics into their business models. In-demand accountants now need these skill sets to understand, analyze, and produce big data solutions.

The Clark University Master’s in Accounting Analytics focuses on these financial accounting and big data skills, with a STEM OPT-eligible program that delivers the technical skills to understand and manipulate big data, along with the business savvy to create working solutions from the data trends you discover. Clark will prepare you to advance your career and lead your organization to better business decisions informed by the stories behind vast amounts of data.

International Students

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degrees are in tremendous demand across most major industries in the United States. If you graduate with a STEM-designated degree, such as the Master of Science in Accounting Analytics, you may be eligible to remain in this country for up to 36 months on Optional Practical Training (OPT).

Why a Master’s in Accounting Analytics at Clark University?

  • Earn your graduate degree in accounting analytics from a globally ranked and accredited university—Clark University has been named a Princeton Review “Best Business School,” achieved repeated recognition from U.S. News & World Report, and is among the elite 5% of business schools to receive AACSB accreditation.
  • Develop the analytical skill set you need to respond to the demands of a changing accounting market.
  • Respond to changes in the CPA exam incorporating data analytics with confidence.
  • Join a close-knit learning community representing 90+ countries and 150 nonprofit and business partners around the world.
  • Work in a highly collaborative learning environment with talented peers and scholar-practitioner faculty who share with you their deep leadership experience.
  • Pursue your accounting analytics degree on your terms with options for part-time, full-time, and accelerated study.
Zhihong Wang

Applying Big Data in Accounting

Dr. Wang’s research involves the use of technology to analyze unstructured accounting big data that can generate great impact for businesses and organizations.

With the data analytics skills to evaluate and interpret results in financial reporting, auditing, and managerial accounting, our students will be well positioned for success in accounting analytics careers in both public and corporate accounting.

The Essentials

Program Overview

The required coursework includes two foundation courses that provide students with fundamental knowledge of accounting and business analytics, four accounting and three data analytics core courses to enhance students’ understanding of contemporary accounting issues as well as develop strong analytics skills, and three accounting analytics core courses to utilize the accounting knowledge and analytical skills to identify accounting problems, analyze the big data, and provide innovative and practical solutions.

You’ll use critical thinking skills to gather, evaluate, and interpret information, and enhance your leadership and management skills as you learn how to collaborate with diverse stakeholders within organizations.

You’ll have the flexibility to complete your degree at your own pace — either as a full-time or part-time student, beginning in September. It normally takes three semesters to complete the program, but you can earn your degree within one year if you meet certain requirements.

  • Apply analytical and visualization tools to enhance accounting/business decision-making
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the use of computation and data management techniques and appropriate software in accounting/business analytics applications
  • Interpret and synthesize data to make practical recommendations
  • Effective communication and presentation skills
  • Foundations of Financial Accounting
  • Foundations of Analytics
  • Big Data Statistics
  • Accounting Analytics
  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Advanced Accounting Analytics


12 course units

  • 2 foundation courses
  • 4 accounting core courses
  • 3 analytics core courses
  • 3 accounting analytics core courses

Course Catalog

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