Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Degree
Accounting is one of the world's fastest growing professions. The School of Accountancy and Computer Information Systems at UCM prepares students for rewarding careers in national and international organizations. Instant communication technology, rapid international travel and expanding world trade have enlarged the scope and importance of accounting services.
The BSBA degree prepares students for an array of challenging and financially rewarding careers. Graduates have the background necessary to evaluate the present and projected economic activities of organizations. Public accountants provide financial services and guidance to individuals, business entities, not-for-profit organizations and all levels of government. Other professional accountants apply their skills in auditing, taxation, management policy, information systems, computer operations and many other areas. Central Missouri's accounting programs qualify graduates to sit for professional accounting examinations such as CPA and CMA. An Accounting degree also provides excellent preparation for graduate study in business or law school.
UCM offers seamless graduate programs in accounting. The Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting or the Master of Arts in Accountancy can be completed within a year. Students may also choose an integrated BSBA/MA 150-hour degree completion option.
Students must earn a minimum grade of C in the following courses if they are to be applied toward the fulfillment of a major in accounting: Principles of Financial Accounting, Principles of Managerial Accounting, Intermediate Financial Accounting I, II, and III, Cost and Managerial Accounting, Introduction to Income Tax, and Accounting Information Systems.
About the Faculty
UCM's accounting classes are taught by dynamic and experienced faculty members who believe in personalized attention for their students. In addition to outstanding academic accomplishments, faculty members bring a wide background of training and experience to the department. Their practical experience and demonstrated competence in many areas contribute to students' professional growth. Faculty members are actively involved in research projects and professional organizations that keep them current with their areas of expertise.
Students are encouraged to supplement their academic programs through participation in campus service organizations which match areas of academic interest. The Accounting Students Association (ASA) helps students become familiar with opportunities available to them in the accounting field. Freshmen and sophomores with accounting as a major are encouraged to join ASA. Upperclassmen and graduation students are encouraged to join Beta Alpha Psi (BAP). BAP is a national honorary organization with local campus chapters for accounting, finance, and information professionals. Both associations meet regularly, host speakers and sponsor networking opportunities with accounting professionals. ASA and BAP also enable members to interact on a personal and informal basis with fellow accounting students and faculty members.
The school's offices are located in the Dockery Building, one of the landmark structures on Central Missouri's campus. Outstanding classroom, research and computer facilities are available for accounting students in the Ward Edwards Building, and at numerous other easily accessible locations. University computer labs are equipped with state-of-the-art hardware and software, and are supervised by experienced technicians who are available for assistance. Computer literacy is stressed throughout the accounting program.
UCM's Office of Career Services assists students seeking employment while serving representatives of business, government, industry and education who are looking for prospective employees. Employment interviews are conducted on campus throughout the year. Accounting is in the top three undergraduate majors targeted in the Midwest for college recruiting according to statistics from the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Job Outlook 2013.
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