School of Accountancy


AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business – all programs

Mission statement

The School of Accountancy (SOA) cultivates a comprehensive, high quality accounting education environment, serving graduate and undergraduate accounting majors, business majors, and other interested persons. Student development is the School’s top priority, and the primary responsibility of a full-time faculty engaged with its students. Accordingly, faculty encourages interaction with students in the classroom, during office visits and through other school, college, and university programs. The faculty is also engaged in productive scholarship and meaningful service and interaction with the accounting profession, the University, and the larger community. The SOA acknowledges that teaching, research, and service are integrated, complementary activities. These scholarly endeavors advance knowledge, foster an attitude of inquiry, meet the needs of society, and contribute to student learning.

General information

Advisement information

With careful selection of elective courses, students can customize their degree to target specific interests, entry-level job markets, or professional certification examinations. Students should consult with their advisor (and other faculty) concerning this opportunity.

Professional certification

Nationally recognized professional accounting certifications include Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Government Financial Manager (CGFM), and Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). The School of Accountancy encourages its majors to consider earning one or more of these certifications.

The State of Missouri requires those who apply to sit for the CPA examination to have at least 150 semester hours of college credit. Furthermore, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) requires at least 150 semester hours of college credit for membership. The accounting faculty highly recommends that the Master of Accountancy program be used to acquire the 150 hours required for CPAs as well as for those desiring other professional certifications.