Accounting and Analytics Catapults Graduates into Advanced Accounting Careers

Accounting analytics is crucial for answering questions based on the massive amounts of data a company gathers—gaining insights and predicting outcomes, among other results. The newly revised master of science in accounting and analytics from Saunders College of Business provides students with the tools to be leaders in managing internal and external data related to accounting information using cutting-edge accounting technologies such as AI, advanced analytics, Big Data, and financial analytics. Courses are taught by highly ranked management information systems faculty.

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Leveraging RIT’s deep technical expertise, the accounting and analytics program gives students hands-on experience with R and Python computer languages and Tableau data visualization software, introduces them to Structured Query Language (SQL) and Systems Applications and Products in Data Processing (SAP), and helps them grasp essential technologies such as blockchain. The program ranks #25 among Best Master’s of Accounting by Eduniversal, 2022; and #49 for Best Master’s in Accounting by The Financial Engineer (TFE) Times, 2023.

Through a state-of-the-art facility, stay up-to-date with analytics trends and software in the Sklarsky Center for Business Analytics. Students are also able to receive an Advanced Certificate of Accounting and Financial Analytics.

Why Study Accounting and Analytics at RIT

  • Solid foundation in accounting, auditing, and tax
  • Analytical skills consistent with emerging technology-oriented jobs in accounting
  • Hands-on experience with R and Python and with data visualization software such as Tableau
  • An understanding of Structured Query Language (SQL) and Systems Applications and Products in Data Processing (SAP)
  • Combine vital areas of technology, Big Data, AI and advanced analytics

In addition to study, student clubs provide students with professional and educational opportunities and the chance to develop lifelong connections with peers and faculty. The Next Generation of Accountants (NGA) is a club for students interested in accounting. The NGA provides opportunities, information, and career tools to future business leaders in financial fields. 

Leading Faculty Experts

Faculty are thought leaders, publishing their research in elite academic journals. Research highlights cover topics that impact accounting conservatism and qualitative disclosures and institutional shareholders' political leanings and corporate performance.

International students can additionally qualify for a 24-month work extension to their Optional Practical Training (OPT) period, allowing for up to three years of work in the United States. Dedicated advisors are available to help with admissions requirements, including GMAT waivers, the application process, and generous scholarships.

Graduates are prepared for outstanding career opportunities in a range of positions. Our alumni are employed at diverse firms such as Bonadio Group, BluEnt, Freed Maxick CPAs, Mengel Metzger Barr & Co., PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), and more. Our Accounting Advisory Board helps students prepare for their careers by continuously updating the curriculum to meet employer's needs while providing networking and mentorship opportunities. Typical job titles for program alumni include:

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • Tax consultant
  • Management Accountant
  • Data Analyst
  • Financial Analyst
  • Financial Consultant
  • Investment Advisor
  • Equity or Credit Analyst
  • Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Hear what accounting and analytics MS graduates have to say about the program and its rewards. 

"The quality of academic programs offered at Saunders is excellent. For example, as an accounting student, I have seen some tremendous changes that have helped me prepare to start my career, especially during this era when having data analytical skills is critical." - Linda Ochieng ’22 (accounting and analytics), The Bonadio Group, Pittsford, New York

"The education I have received here at RIT and Saunders College of Business, I believe, is truly world-class." - Dafine Arifi ’18 (accounting and analytics), Elba Technologies, Germany

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Saunders College of Business

With a 95% career outcomes rate, Saunders is dedicated to delivering relevant, contemporary degrees to meet market demands. Your Team is a group of advisors that can help you from the application process through graduation with insight into our generous financial aid options, GMAT waiver options, curriculum, and career placement. 

With a growing global network of more than 25,000 Saunders College alumni and 136,000 RIT alumni, students can make connections almost anywhere and are encouraged to meet with devoted alumni, dedicated professors, and driven peers. 

Students can study abroad at any of RIT’s four Global Campuses, additional global student exchange partnerships are available, and there are over 100 study abroad locations on every continent. 

Bloomberg Businessweek named Saunders part of their “Best Business Schools” and recognized them among the “Best MBA Programs.” Check out financial aid and scholarship options today to help prepare for future promotions. Apply today to become eligible for these opportunities and become a part of the Saunders community.

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