By joining the accounting program at Maryville, you’ll develop the practical and professional skills you need for a competitive career advantage. We balance accounting and business administration with a strong liberal arts education, focusing on technical competence, theory analysis and application, communication skills and cultural awareness.
But the experience doesn’t end when you leave the classroom. Over the years, Maryville has established a wide network of professional contacts in an array of companies, organizations and accounting firms. This will help you build business relationships in the community before you graduate to ease the transition into the professional spectrum.
Expand your accounting education by choosing an emphasis in auditing or accounting for entrepreneurs. Or, you can take specialty courses on topics such as cyber forensics, not-for-profit entities, estate and trust taxation, ethical issues and accounting for small businesses. At the end of your studies, you’ll have a full understanding of all of the topics suggested by the American Institute of CPAs for those entering the world of accounting.
Accounting Mission Statement
The mission of the Accounting Program is to assist students in obtaining the knowledge and developing the skills that will lead them to successful careers in the accounting profession and business environment. We accomplish this mission by:
- Offering a curriculum, based on professional guidelines and input from employers and alumni, that emphasizes technical competence, communication skills, responsibility and ethical values, and the changing regulatory, technological, and global environment.
- Assuring experiential and service learning opportunities to connect accounting theory and practice.
- Providing and promoting opportunities to build relationships with business professionals.
- Creating an environment for innovation, lifelong learning, community service, and integrity.
- Encouraging pursuit of the CPA license and professional certifications.
A graduate of Maryville University with a major in accounting should be able to:
- Express an understanding of the concepts, processes, and regulations of the major areas of accounting.
Appreciate the breadth and responsibility of the accounting profession in a global society and its interrelationship with other business functions.
Use decision modeling skills with appropriate technology to resolve accounting issues in an ethically responsible manner.
Professionally communicate financial information, accounting positions, and research at a level appropriate to the recipient, both orally and in writing.
Demonstrate the desire and ability to follow emerging issues and adapt to changing technology.
As a Maryville accounting student, you’ll likely want to join your peers who participate in professional organizations. The Missouri Society of Certified Public Accountants (MSCPA), the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) and the American Society of Women Accountants (ASWA) often put on student events – like the MSCPA’s High School Student Symposium, hosted by our students on campus – open their local meetings to students and offer annual scholarships.
Also, since you’ll be part of the School of Business, we invite you to participate in the Maryville Business Organization (MBO). The MBO provides an avenue for you to develop professional contacts and learn about issues that affect local businesses.
Program-specific involvement opportunities include the Accounting Blog, where you can interact with other accounting and AIS students, and the Volunteer Tax Preparation Program. This community service initiative is a way for students to get experience and to help out elderly and low-income taxpayers by preparing their taxes free of charge.
- Accounting Career Fair
- Maryville Talks Business: an annual lecture series featuring successful business leaders.
- Young Alumni Networking Reception
Early Access to the MBA Program
The Early Access program lets you accelerate your progress toward an MBA. Senior year, qualified students can take up to 12 credit hours at the graduate level, which count toward both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree. The bottom line: you’ll knock out requirements for both degrees at one time, saving you time and money.
CPA Examination Eligibility
Missouri and many other states require you to have 150 college credits completed in order to take the CPA Examination. To fulfill this requirement, you have several options: take advantage of our Early Access program, or double major in accounting and accounting information systems (AIS), or a second discipline outside of accounting.
Accounting as a Career
When you complete your bachelor’s degree in accounting, you’ll have plenty of employment opportunities in a range of settings. You might work for a public accounting firm, a corporation, a small business, a government agency or a not-for-profit entity. Not only will you be well-equipped for a career in traditional areas like assurance, auditing and tax services, you’ll also be prepared for newer growth areas like environmental accounting, forensic accounting, international accounting and information technology services. No matter how much the business world changes, skilled accountants are always in demand.
Degree Offerings and Requirements
Bachelor of Science in Accounting, emphasis in Auditing
Bachelor of Science in Accounting, emphasis in Accounting for Entrepreneurs
If you’re interested in joining Maryville’s accounting program, you will need to meet the general admissions requirements for the University.