The major in accounting is designed to provide you with the general, business and accounting knowledge necessary for you to succeed as a professional accountant. As accounting is a dynamic field, you will learn how to keep your knowledge up to date so you can continue to grow throughout your professional career. In addition, as an accounting major, you will also acquire the communication, computer and interpersonal skills necessary to successfully resolve complex problems in unstructured settings.

Careers in Accounting

Did you know that the demand for accountants and auditors is expected to grow 16 percent between 2010 and 2020? That means students like you will have ample career opportunities after graduation. Demand for your knowledge is on the rise. If you are earning your degree in accounting, here are just some of the career options that are possible:

Accountants hold one of the top 3 jobs in the business field, according the Bureau of Labor Analysis. Accountants have a passion for numbers, are organized and detail-oriented and possesses a high degree of integrity.

Internal Revenue Service Special Agent
If numbers and investigation are your strong points, there may be a job for you at the IRS. The IRS hires agents specifically to investigate potential criminal activity related to financial records. Agents work closely with the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security and many other federal agencies.

Chief Financial Officer
As a CFO, you are responsible for your company’s financial goals, budgets and spending habits. You are in charge of economic strategies, spending projections, investing and many other aspects of the financial needs of a business.

Bookkeepers are detailed-oriented. Your job as a bookkeeper will require you to be accurate and efficient with a range of basic financial tasks that are critical to your company’s ability to keep accurate financial information. You would be expected to handle large volumes of routine financial transactions in areas such as sales, purchases, and payroll.

Accounting student working on an assignment

Students who choose this bachelor degree program will have no more than 6 years from admission or subsequent declaration to meet the requirements listed below. If certification, accreditation or statutory requirements change and additional requirements become effective during this time, the new requirements take precedence. 

Note: Students pre-admitted into the bachelor degree program (pre-major) have three years to meet admission requirements before moving to the overall 6 year time-frame allowed to complete the program requirements. 
General Studies
Business Foundation Courses (BFC)33
ACC 201Introductory Financial Accounting3
ACC 202Introductory Managerial Accounting3
ECO 260Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECO 261Principles of Microeconomics3
FIN 301Financial Management3
GBA 201Business Analytics & Reporting3
GBA 210Business Statistics I3
GBA 211Business Law I3
MGT 350Organizational Behavior3
MKT 301Principles of Marketing3
SCM 301Principles of Supply Chain Management3
Additional BSBA Requirements15
MGT 416Production and Operations Management 13
ACC 418Accounting Information Systems 13
or MGT 418 Management Information Systems
MGT 419Strategic Management 13
PHL 230Ethics3
or PHL 232 Business Ethics
Select three credit hours of Applied Learning course(s) 13
Major Requirements 225
ACC 230Accounting Techniques1
ACC 330Intermediate Accounting I3
ACC 331Intermediate Accounting II3
ACC 333Cost Accounting3
ACC 336Individual Income Tax3
ACC 433Auditing3
FIN 431International Financial Management3
Select two upper-division Business electives6

Credit must be earned from the Steven L. Craig School of Business.


At least 18 credit hours in the major must be earned from the Steven L. Craig School of Business.

NOTE: All upper-division Business courses required for the BSBA must be taken from the Steven L. Craig School of Business, from an AACSB accredited university or from a school with an approved articulation agreement.

Program Graduation Requirements

  1. Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.0 and a major GPA of at least 2.0.
  2. No more than 6 credit hours of D permitted in major coursework.

University Graduation Requirements 

  1. Earn a minimum of 120 credit hours (100 level and higher, maximum of 6 CED credit hours applicable).
  2. Earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in upper-division courses.  Lower-division transfer courses accepted as meeting upper-division departmental course requirements cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.
  3. Earn 30 of the last 45 credit hours at MWSU in institutional coursework (exclusive of credit by examination).
  4. Participate in required departmental and campus wide assessments. 
  5. Fulfill the Missouri Constitution requirement.
  6. Successfully pass the Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement exam. 

Are you ready to declare this major? Download, sign and submit the form(s) to the Craig School of Business.

Mapping your degree plan is an important task for every student. You should consult with your academic advisor to create a plan for degree completion and monitor it regularly.