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Quick facts

  • Program type: Graduate certificate
  • Academic home: Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business
  • Accreditation: Higher Learning Commission, Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International)
  • Delivery mode: 100 percent online
  • Credit hours: 15
  • Estimated program cost: $12,203.25*

* This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, course choices at Mizzou and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

How an online graduate certificate in assurance can help you

The online graduate certificate in assurance prepares graduates to advance in their career in accounting and auditing. Whether you are a recent graduate or a seasoned professional, this program will give you graduate-level technical and advanced accounting knowledge that you can apply directly to your daily work. Prepare to be a leader in your organization and help make more informed decisions.

The School of Accountancy is placed Top 15 nationally for accountancy programs and faculty are currently ranked in the Top 10 nationally for research productivity. See more School of Accountancy rankings.

Career prospects

$53,901
Average salary1
>95%
Graduate placement2

1 Average salary for graduates of the Robert J. Trulaske integrated BSAcc/MAcc, 2016–17 graduate survey.

2 More than 95 percent of graduates from the Robert J. Trulaske integrated BSAcc/MAcc program are placed in jobs upon graduation.

Program structure and topics

The online graduate certificate in assurance is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required.

Courses are semester-based. Students typically take two classes each semester session and finish the program in one year.

Further your education

If you choose to continue your education, this program offers a seamless transition from graduate certificate to a master’s in accountancy (MAcc) or business (MS). Please note that while the graduate certificate in assurance may prepare you for the audit section of the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam, the master’s in accountancy or business will provide the necessary hours to sit for the certification.

Meet our faculty

Kristen Hockman

Associate Teaching Professor

Professor Hockman holds a CPA certificate in the State of Missouri. Prior to teaching full-time at Mizzou, She worked in the Audit/Assurance practice of KPMG LLP in Kansas City for three and a half years. She currently teaches Accountancy 8444 (Advanced Audit).


Tim Hurley

Associate Teaching Professor

Tim Hurley, LLM, is an associate teaching professor of accounting with a specialization in taxation. Before joining Mizzou, he was the program chair of accounting at Franklin University. Professor Hurley has experience in a law firm and has several years of work experience in corporate accounting and tax at medium-sized and large corporations. His corporate taxation class allows students pursuing their assurance certificate to gain exposure to corporate taxation.

Ask us about this program

This program is administered by the Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business