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The online graduate certificate in assurance prepares graduates to advance in their career in accounting and auditing. 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.

Quick facts

Official name

Graduate certificate in assurance


University of Missouri-Columbia

Program type

Graduate certificate

Academic home

Trulaske College of Business | School of Accountancy

Delivery mode

100% online


Higher Learning Commission, Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International)

Credit hours


Estimated cost


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

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Career prospects

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.

More than 95% of graduates from the Robert J. Trulaske integrated BSAcc/MAcc program are placed in jobs upon graduation.
Graduate placement
Burning Glass Technologies. 2021. Salary numbers and employment growth numbers are based on models that consider advertised job posting salary, Bureau of Labor Statistics data and other proprietary and public sources of information for multiple occupations.
Median salary

Program structure

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.


100% online

Calendar system


Typical program length

1 years

Typical course load

2 classes per semester


The University of Missouri is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States. The Trulaske College of Business and the School of Accountancy are accredited by Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International).

Faculty spotlight

Kristen Hockman

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).

Kristen Hockman
Associate Teaching Professor
Tim Hurley

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.

Tim Hurley
Associate Teaching Professor

Learn more about this program

This program is administered by the School of Accountancy