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Accountancy, BSBA

Major in Accounting

Accountants are financial specialists involved in all areas of business. With a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Accountancy from the University of Central Missouri, you’ll be a professional who could work with individuals, companies of all sizes, government agencies and nonprofit organizations. 

Companies and organizations across the country seek out and hire our Accounting majors. With a UCM Accounting bachelor’s degree, our students often have their choice of multiple high-salary job offers.

AACSB-accredited Bachelor of Accounting degree

The University of Central Missouri Accounting program holds prestigious accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). This means we meet the highest standards for our program curriculum, learning outcomes and faculty qualifications. With an accredited Accounting bachelor’s degree from UCM, you’ll show employers you graduated from a top-quality program and have the knowledge and skills to do your job well. 

A Bachelor of Accounting degree on your time

UCM offers students who major in Accounting a mix of in-person, hybrid and online classes, with full-time and part-time program options.

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AACSB-accredited program since 1995

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24:1 program student-to-faculty ratio

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Employers recruit and hire UCM graduates

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Specialized faculty mentor program

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Accelerated master’s path available

What you will study

The University of Central Missouri’s Bachelor of Accounting degree program curriculum prepares you to be career-ready upon graduation. As a major in Accounting, you’ll take undergraduate courses in financial accounting, individual and corporate tax law, accounting information systems and managerial accounting. Other courses you could take include:

  • Accounting Analytics: Analyze data with industry standard software like Tableau and Excel.
  • Auditing: Develop your understanding of financial statement audits.
  • Advanced Accounting: Learn accounting for nonprofits and governmental entities, which offer great career opportunities for Accounting majors.

Classes taught by diverse and experienced faculty

All program faculty hold licenses as CPAs, CMAs or attorneys and bring extensive real-world experience to the program and classroom. They regularly publish in accounting and academic journals and attend academic and professional conferences for school of accountancy professionals.


Excellence in accounting

  • Top 15%: Best Value Bachelor's Degree Colleges for Accounting (College Factual, 2022)
  • A Most Popular College for Accounting (College Factual, 2022)


Unique learning opportunities in accounting

As an Accounting major at the University of Central Missouri, you’ll get real-world experience and preparation for your career, even before your first job in accounting:

  • Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA): Every year, Accounting program faculty and students provide free tax preparation services to other UCM students, staff and community members. Each student undergoes training and certification exams to volunteer and learn how to provide excellent client service while gaining real experience working with real people.
  • Internships: Most students who major in Accounting at UCM complete an internship, gaining real-world professional experiences and earning both college credit and pay. You could work for accounting firms, both big and small. Some of our undergraduate students have also worked for governmental organizations. We have a dedicated internship director who works hard to find internship opportunities that align with your goals and interests.
  • More than just the fundamentals: Beyond a strong foundation in accounting, UCM will equip you with the skills and confidence to stand out in your office and the boardroom.
  • Make connections: UCM Accounting majors build strong relationships with each other, faculty and professionals. Our students regularly come back to campus for the annual Meet the Firms event and awards banquet. There you can make connections to help you land your dream job with an Accounting degree.


What can you do with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from UCM?

Once you’ve graduated, what opportunities might you find for jobs with an Accounting degree? Our graduates go on to work for public accounting firms, small companies and corporations in private accounting, nonprofit organizations and government agencies. 

Our faculty members maintain contacts throughout the industry, including with the Big 4 accounting firms and local, regional and international companies. Wherever you want to go, we help make it happen.

Opportunities for a job with an Accounting degree

Learn more about what your job will look like with an Accounting degree. Our interactive tool below covers salary potential, job growth and more.




Financial assistance options for your Accounting bachelor’s degree

The University of Central Missouri ranks among the most affordable universities in the country. Still, we know financing your education can be a challenge. That’s why we offer several options to help you pursue a UCM Accounting bachelor’s degree.

In addition to resources available to all UCM students, you may qualify for numerous scholarships for Accounting majors, such as:

  • Accountancy Scholarship Fund
  • Alexander Gladkov Memorial Scholarship
  • Arthur Norton Accounting Scholarship
  • Bennie Bargen Accounting Scholarship
  • BKD Accounting Education Scholarship
  • Carol & James Pendleton Scholarship in Accounting
  • Charles 80 and Diane Dudley 81 KPMG Scholarship in Accounting
  • Dr. David Joy Scholarship in Accounting
  • Dr. Jo Lynne Koehn Accountancy Scholarship
  • Kenneth E. Stone Scholarship in Accounting
  • Kenneth J. Kempker Scholarship in Accounting
  • Michael L. Stanfield Scholarship in Accounting
  • R. Wayne Payne Scholarship 
  • Stanley and Eugenia R. Crain Scholarship in Accounting 
  • Steve & Sue Brammer Accounting Scholarship

You can learn more about program-specific scholarships with the UCM Scholarship Finder.


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Take your degree further.

Many of our undergraduates choose to pursue a master’s degree at UCM to enhance their Accounting bachelor’s degree and deepen their accounting skills. In fact, we offer an accelerated path that allows you to pursue your BSBA and MA degree at the same time while at UCM.

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Make yourself more marketable.

UCM offers several minors that can be added to an Accountancy BSBA to enhance your job skills and help you achieve your learning and career goals:

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Explore programs related to accounting.

If you’re not convinced Accounting is right for you, take a look at these other undergraduate programs at UCM:


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