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- Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting
- Master of Accounting
- JD/MACC Dual Degree
Overview: Accounting is the language of business decision-making and is a primary means of communicating in organizations. As organizations become more complex, accountants constantly improve the processing, reporting and interpreting of information about organizational activities. Accounting is a career that involves people, with accountants interacting with others in decision-making and problem-solving.
Curriculum: The program develops strong technical and professional accounting skills, including communication,problem-solving and analytical skills. Our graduates have a long history of success on the CPA exam, earning the Missouri gold medal on several occasions and regularly placing in the top ten. SLU recently had the highest Missouri pass rate for first-time candidates with advanced degrees. Since most states require 150 credit hours to be eligible to take the CPA exam, the department offers a thirty-hour Master of Accounting degree in addition to the traditional bachelor's degree. Students may also accumulate the 150 required hours by completing two areas of concentration at the undergraduate level.
In a survey of the most recent graduates, 100% reported they were satisfactorily occupied.
Faculty: The faculty is at the center of our efforts to provide a high quality and challenging educational experience, with one of the major strengths being that the faculty members are academically prepared in their special field of accounting and have professional experience in a variety of work settings. Therefore, many classes include the application of theory to real world situations.
Careers: A chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, the national honor society for financial professionals, provides a link between students and the accounting profession, offering students opportunities to establish networking relationships with potential employers. Possible career paths: auditor, budget analyst, financial planner, IRS agent, FBI agent, risk management consultant, forensic accountant.
Internships: Our urban location provides many internship opportunities, allowing students to gain career-related work experience while applying classroom experiences to practice. Most are paid and students may earn academic credit. Supervised by both a representative from the organization and a faculty member, students have interned with accounting firms, private industry, and not-for-profit agencies.
Scholarships: Several company-sponsored scholarships are awarded to students each year based on academic record, co-curricular activities, and service to the community. In addition, several professional accounting organizations offer yearly scholarships.