Accounting degree options at MSSU

Overview of accounting degree options

The BSBA accounting major course of study at Missouri Southern State University is designed to prepare you to:

  • enter any area of the accounting profession,
  • successfully complete the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or other professional certification examination, and/or
  • enter graduate school.

We also offer a minor in accounting for both BSBA and non-BSBA degree candidates.

Accounting curriculum and suggested courses

The curriculum combines extensive accounting study with a focus on development of student competencies in the areas of:

  • professional integrity
  • social responsibility
  • oral and written communications
  • interpersonal relationships
  • technology management
  • research experience
  • international business affairs
  • critical thinking skills

Accounting courses that are helpful in passing the CPA examination include:

  • Tax Accounting II
  • Governmental and Nonprofit Accounting
  • Strategic Financial Accounting
  • Forensic and Investigative Accounting

You may also find it helpful to concentrate any remaining hours in a single area such as finance, computer science, communications, a foreign language, quality management or similar pursuits. You may also wish to consider a double-major in Accounting and Computer Information Science (CIS).

Requirements to enter the accounting profession

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 you may take 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 provided in our BSBA suggested order of study, or you should plan to attend graduate school.

You may also be interested in: Business, Business Administration, Economics, FinanceInternational Business, Management

Accounting Department

Robert W. Plaster School of Business

Dr. David Smith
Department Chair, Department of Accounting
Robert W. Plaster School of Business
3950 E. Newman Rd.
Joplin, MO 64801