School of Business

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Our Mission

The mission of the Department of Accounting at Missouri Southern State University is to help meet the needs of our society for business school graduates by providing quality accounting education. Consistent with the University’s mission, the Department of Accounting embraces an integration of liberal and professional education to enable students to develop the ability to excel in the complex work environment of business. 

The curriculum combines extensive accounting study with a focus on development of these student competencies:

  • Professional Integrity
  • Social Responsibility
  • Oral and Written Communications
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Technology Management
  • Research Experience
  • International Business Affairs
  • Critical Thinking Skills

Preparing for a Profession

The BSBA accounting major course of study is designed to prepare the student to enter any area of the accounting profession, to successfully complete the Certified Public Accountant or other professional certification examination and/or to enter graduate school. Majors in accounting must earn a grade of ‘C’ or above in all accounting courses in order to earn a BSBA.

A Focus on the Future

Prospective accounting majors should take note of the requirements for entry into the profession. The State of Missouri requires 150 hours of college credit, including an undergraduate degree, before a candidate may sit for the Certified Public Accountant examination. Most other states have similar requirements. The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants requires new members to have 150 semester hours of college credit in order to join. Accounting majors desiring to meet this requirement should note the “150-hour” recommendations at the end of the BSBA suggested order of study or plan to attend graduate school (see your adviser).

A minor in accounting for both BSBA and non-BSBA degree candidates is also offered.

Professional Resources

CPA Exam

The Uniform CPA Examination (Exam) protects the public interest by helping to ensure that only qualified individuals become licensed as U.S. Certified Public Accountants (CPAs). Individuals seeking to qualify as CPAs are required to pass the Exam.


Institute of Managerial Accountants

IMA is the worldwide association of accountants and financial professionals working in business. We are committed to helping you–and our more than 70,000 members–to expand your professional skills, better manage your organization, and enhance your career.


ACBSP Accreditation council for business schools & programs