There are many fine accredited accounting degree programs in Missouri. If you hadn’t considered a Missouri university for your degree, you might be interested to know that many large corporations either have their headquarters in the state or maintain a presence there.

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While you probably know about Bass Pro, the huge sporting goods company that is headquartered in Springfield, Craftsman Industries, Hallmark, Garmin and others make Missouri their corporate homes. Why is that important? Because if you’re pursuing a business degree, you want a climate that is fertile with business opportunities. The schools in this list offer great programs that are bolstered by opportunities to intern and network with powerhouse industries.

Missouri State University

College of Business Administration

This university was formerly known as Southwest Missouri State. Founded in 1906 as the Fourth District Normal School, it is now the second-largest Missouri university. The school was ranked by the U.S. News and World report as # 64 of Regional Universities Midwest, and its business school has the 87th best online MBA program. The College of Business Administration is the state’s largest business school, and one of the largest in the Midwest. Both the college and all of its programs are accredited. If you attend this university, about 60 percent of your classes will have fewer than 50 students, The student-to-faculty ratio is 20:1.

Master of Accountancy

The goal of this degree program, in addition to imparting professional competencies in accounting, is to develop research writing and presenting skills. Students will also learn to apply analytical skills to problem solving and understand the legal, regulatory and professional aspects of accounting. Another department focus is building ethics. Both evening and online options are available. If you do not have your undergraduate degree in accounting yet, you can take the accelerated track and earn both your bachelor’s and your master’s degrees in five years. In that program, you begin some graduate work during your senior year. There are 152 credits in that program, which is enough to qualify you to take the CPA exam upon graduation. The traditional graduate degree contains 33 credit hours and can be completed in two years if you take 12 hours each semester. There is a thesis required.

Accreditation
• North Central Association of the Higher Learning Commission
• AACSB

Contact
College of Business Administration
Missouri State University
901 South National Ave.
Springfield, MO, 65897
417-836-5678

http://www.missouristate.edu/soa/Graduate/

St. Louis University

John Cook School of Business

The university was founded in 1818 by Louis Guillaume Dubourg. It is a Jesuit institution. St. Louis University also maintains a campus in Madrid, Spain. This is the oldest university west of the Mississippi River. It is ranked, by U.S. World report as #96 of National Universities, with the #88 Best Graduate School and the #73 Best Part-time MBA. If you attend here, almost half of your classes will have fewer than 20 students. St. Louis University has an impressive 61 percent four-year graduation rate.

Master in Accounting

The learning outcome of this program includes developing strong technical skills and the ability to use analytical skills to solve problems. Another focus is on building strong communication competencies. It contains enough credits, when combined with an undergraduate degree, to enable you to sit for the CPA exam. Students who do not have an educational background in accounting are required to take foundational courses. They may, however, test out of these additional courses. The program contains 30 to 54 hours, depending upon how many of the foundational courses you must take. There are twelve required credits in the fare of emphasis, plus nine-to-fifteen credits in accounting electives and three-to-nine credits in free electives.

MBA in Accounting

The MBA is an “advanced, general management degree,” according to the school catalog. This can be taken as a one-year advanced program. If you elect to earn the degree in two semesters on the fast track, you can also schedule an internship in the fall or spring. Twelve hours of electives are required but you take more than that. There are 50 credits in the program. It is also offered as an Evening MBA, with 48 hours excluding any pre-requisite foundational courses you may need to take. There are fifteen hours in breadth courses like information systems management, global emphasis courses and marketing. There are twelve required credits in the legal, professional and ethical aspects of business, in business strategies, business analytics and a required organizational effectiveness module. There are also electives required from prescribed areas of study.

Accreditation
• North Central Association of the Higher Learning Commission
• AACSB

Contact
John Cook School of Business
St. Louis University
1 North Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63103
314-077-3895

http://business.slu.edu/programs-of-study/graduate-business-programs/master-of-accounting/

Southeast Missouri State University

Harrison College of Business

This university has been known by five names since its founding as the Southeast Missouri Normal School in 1873. It was once a teacher’s college. Today, it is ranked by the U.S. News and World Report as # 92 of Regional Universities Midwest. Most classes have twenty to forty-nine students, and the student-to-faculty ratio is 22:1. The Harrison College of Business has the #68 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs and the #89 Best Business Program.

MBA in Accounting

This is a 33 hour degree that will allow you to sit for the CPA exam when combined with the credits from your undergraduate degree. At the Harrison College of Business, nine credits is considered full-time and equates to fifteen credits of undergraduate coursework. If you do not have an undergraduate degree in business, you must take 13 credit hours of foundational courses as a pre-requisite, you can waive these by showing proficiency in the skills. There are 21 to 24 core classes like Organizational Behavior In Practice, Quantitative and Qualitative Research methods, and Strategic Marketing. There are also 12 hours required in accounting. The program has a foreign language proficiency requisite. The final credits in the degree are earned through an applied research project.

Accreditations
• North Central Association of the Higher Learning Commission
• AACSB

Contact
Harrison College of Business
Southeast Missouri State University
1 University Plaza
Cape Girardeau, MO
63701
573-651-2121

http://www.semo.edu/mba/curriculum.html

Truman State University

School of Business

This university began in 1867 as the North Missouri Normal School and Commercial College and became Truman State University in 1972. It is ranked by the U.S. News and World report as #8 of Regional Universities Midwest. There are thirty areas of undergraduate study and six of graduate studies including accounting. If you attend Truman State University, you will find most of your classes have twenty-to-forty-nine students and the student-to-faculty ratio is 16:1. This school has a four-year-graduation rate of 57 percent, which is higher than most. The School of Business at Truman State University is one of only 178 schools in the world that have top accreditation in both the accounting and business programs.

Master of Accountancy

This degree can be earned on two tracks: tax or audit. In combination with your undergraduate degree, this degree contains enough credits to satisfy the Missouri requirements to sit for the CPA exam. The program can be completed in one year of full-time study. If you do not have an undergraduate degree in business, you will need to take pre-requisite foundational courses before you begin the degree program. Then, there are 18 required credits, including Advanced Financial Accounting, Advanced Accountings Information Systems, Managerial Accounting Seminar, Accounting Theory, Commerce Law and Leadership in Business Organizations. Then, you follow up with nine credits in the taxation or the audit track plus two electives. The program contains thirty credits in all.

Accreditations
• North Central Association of the Higher Learning Commission
• AACSB

Contact
School of Business
Truman State University
100 East Normal Ave.
Kirksville, MO
63501
660-785-5550

http://www.truman.edu/majors-programs/graduate-studies/master-of-accountancy/

University of Central Missouri

Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies

If you decide to attend this university, you will have comparatively small classes even though the school is average size. The student-to faculty ratio is 16:1. The U.S. News and World report ranks this school as #75 of Regional Universities in the Midwest. According to their website, 92 percent of their graduates are employed in their area of study within six months of graduation. It is also considered one of the more affordable Missouri universities. Their motto is “Learning to a Greater Degree.”

Master of Arts in Accountancy

The learning outcomes for this degree include attaining professional accounting knowledge in auditing procedures, professional accounting skills and having a professional outlook toward accounting. If you don’t have an undergraduate degree in accounting, you will have to take certain preparatory courts before you can begin the degree requirements. These entail up to 30 credit hours. There are nine semester hours in the accounting core: a seminar in accounting theory, one in tax research and planning and a course in advanced auditing. There are also 24 hours in the specialization of which 12 must be at the 5,000 or 6,000 level. You must take at least nine hours in accounting and nine outside of accounting to constitute the 33 credit-minimum degree.

MBA in Accounting

At this school, you may enroll in a maximum of 16 credit hours per semester. This is a 33 hour degree program including 18 hours of the MBA core, 9-15 credits of the concentration and 3-6 of electives. In addition to this, if you do not have a bachelor’s degree in accounting, you will need to take up to 30 pre-requisite courses. You may test out of these pre-requisites. The MBS core includes: Controllership and the Treasury Function I and II, Information Management Systems, Economic Analysis for Business and Strategic management and marketing I and II. The concentration courses are seminars in Accounting Theory and in Advanced Auditing as well as three hours of graduate electives.

Accreditation
• North Central Association of the Higher Learning Commission
• AACSB

Contact
Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies
University of Central Missouri
Administration Building
Warrensburg, MO
64093
660-543-4631

https://www.ucmo.edu/acct/

University of Missouri

Robert J. Trulaske Sr. College of Business

This land grant university was founded in 1839. It was the first college west of the Mississippi River. It ranks #103 on the U.S. News and World Report list of National Universities. There are only six universities that have a school of medicine, a school of veterinary medicine and a school of law in the same facility, and the University of Missouri is one of them. If you choose to study here, most of your classes will have between 20 and 49 students; the student-to-faculty ratio is 20:1. The Trulaske College of Business is ranked by U.S. News and World Report as #79 of Best Business Schools.

Master’s of Accountancy

This degree contains 30 credit hours. If you do not have the core business skills requires, you will have to take preparatory courses. The degree contains nine hours of business electives, nine credits in professional accounting education courses such as Governmental Accounting and Budgeting; Auditing Theory and Practice and Accounting and Business Strategic Analysis, and twelve hours of accounting electives. You may specialize the degree for taxation by taking fifteen hours in taxation of which twelve must be at the graduate level.

Accreditation
• North Central Association of the Commission on Higher Education
• AACSB

Contact
Robert J. Trulaske, Sr. College of Business
University of Missouri
105 Jesse hall
Columbia, MO, 65211
573-882-4463

http://business.missouri.edu/programs-and-admissions/accountancy/masters-accountancy-program-macc-degree

University of Missouri at Kansas City

Henry W. Bloch School of Management

The University of Missouri at Kansas City is # 194 of National Universities in the U.S. News and World Report Rankings. It was founded in 1929, and the Bloch School of Management was founded in 1953, named for Henry Bloch after he gave a generous endowment. There ae 120 academic programs at the university. Students at the school have fewer than 20 students in most of their classes; the student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1. The business school has the #99-rated part time MBA program. A recent financial gift from the Bloch Foundation resulted in the establishment of a new facility for innovation and entrepreneurship.

Master of Science in Accountancy

This program can be completed by students with, or without an accounting background. All courses are held at night to allow working adducts to earn a degree. At graduation, students will have enough credits to sit for the CPA exam. Students with an accounting background complete the program in two stages. Stage one has thirty credits that consist of foundational and introductory courses. Some or all of these courses may be waived at the discretion of an advisor. The second stage of the program includes advanced courses in accounting and business. There are thirty credits in this component as well. If you want a specialization in audit, you will take up to twelve credits in approved audit electives as part of the thirty credits. Taxation specialists will take up to fifteen hours of taxation electives. If you do not have an accounting background, the first stage will have fundamental courses as well, but the second stage has step-up courses that prepare you for the advanced material at the end.

Accreditation
• North Central Association of the Higher Learning Commission
• AACSB

Contact
Henry W. Bloch School of Management
University of Missouri
5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO
64110
816-235-2890
Email through website
http://bloch.umkc.edu/graduate-program/msa/default.aspx

University of Missouri at St. Louis

College of Business Administration

This school, founded in 1963, is ranked in Tier II universities by the U.S. News and World Report. Most of its classes have fewer than 20 students and the student-to-faculty ratio is 17:1. St. Louis has more than 2.7 million people and there are 18 Fortune 1000 companies located there. Among these are Anheuser-Busch, Boeing, Emerson and others. That translates into an energetic and robust environment to study business. The college is selective, however, and the graduate business school only admits 60 percent of its applicants.

Master of Accounting

This program can be taken as a generalized accounting degree or specialized in income taxation. With an undergraduate degree, it provides the necessary credits to satisfy the state requirements to sit for the CPA exam. The degree requires one research course, one accounting seminar, two electives of graduate-level courses, an additional accounting course and two graduate-level non-accounting electives. The degree program contains 30 to 69 hours, depending upon whether you must take pre-requisite foundational courses. There are 18 general business courses that may be waived if you have the proficiencies needed.

Accreditation
• North Central Association of the Higher Learning Commission
• AACSB

Contact
College of Business Administration
University of Missouri at St. Louis
1 University Blvd,
St. Louis, MO
63121
314-516-6140

http://www.umsl.edu/divisions/business/accounting/Degree%20and%20Certificate%20Programs/maccotln.html

Washington University in St. Louis

Olin Business School

This university was founded in 1853, and was named for George Washington. Twenty-two Nobel Laureates have an association with the school. It is ranked by The Academic Ranking of World Universities as #32, and by the U.S. News and World Report as # 15 of National Universities. There are seven graduate and undergraduate schools at Washington University. Nearly 66 percent of the school’s classes have fewer than 20 students, and the student-to-faculty ratio is an amazing 8:1. The Olin Business School received a #19 ranking for Best Business Schools. Olin’s unofficial motto is “Research-driven thinking, applied.”

Master of Accounting

This is a 33 credit-hour program. Of those, nearly half are elective, to make this a really flexible degree. The format is three semesters with the opportunity for a summer internship. There is also a capstone project in Accounting Policy and Research. You must maintain a 3.0 GPA to remain in the program. Full-time students can complete the degree in one year.

Accreditations
• North Central Association of the Commission of Higher Education
• AACSB

Contact
Olin Business School
Washington University at St. Louis
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO
63130
314-935-8546

http://www.umsl.edu/divisions/business/accounting/Degree%20and%20Certificate%20Programs/maccotln.html

Missouri is a great place to pursue a graduate degree in business. This list of accredited accounting degree programs in Missouri is a valuable tool to assist you in narrowing your choices.

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