2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
    May 20, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog

Accounting, B.S.

The Accounting program provides students with the technical and professional skills needed in the ever-changing, faced-paced accounting profession.  An accounting degree opens opportunities in the traditional areas of accounting – auditing, taxation, and financial reporting – and offers the foundation for more specialized areas such as information systems, risk management, fraud and forensics, sustainability reporting, and IT assurance.  The accounting curriculum prepares students for careers in public accounting, corporate accounting, consulting, government and nonprofit organization, and tax services; and provides foundational coursework for CPA licensure and other professional certifications.

After completing the Accounting program, students will understand the various functions of accounting and the underlying principles and concepts of accounting theory and possess the ability to apply these principles to accounting problems, situations, and hands-on projects. The program focuses on building technical competence, analytical abilities, communication and interpersonal skills, and ethical conduct while providing a balance of liberal arts, business, and accounting courses.

The BS in Accounting is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) for regular business programs and separate accounting accreditation.

Program Outcomes

 A graduate of Maryville University with a major in accounting should be able to:

  1. Summarize the concepts, processes, and regulations of the major areas of accounting.
  2. Discuss the breadth and responsibility of the accounting profession in a global society and its interrelationship with other business functions.
  3. Use decision modeling skills with appropriate technology to resolve accounting issues in an ethically responsible manner.
  4. Professionally communicate financial information, accounting positions, and research at a level appropriate to the recipient, both orally and in writing.
  5. Discuss implications of emerging issues and adaptations to changing technology in accounting.

General Education Requirements

(39-42 credits)


(5 courses)

  • Five Humanities electives

Social Science

(2 courses)

  • Social Science electives

Natural Science/Quantitative Reasoning

(1 course)

  • Science elective

General Education Required for Major

(2 courses)

Accounting Electives

(6 credits)

Choose 2 courses from Accounting coursework at the 300 level or above. Please note the restrictions on maximum credits for internships 

Students in the Early Access program may not use ACCT-509 or ACCT-610.

CPA Licensure Eligibility

To be eligible for the CPA Licensure in Missouri and many other states, candidates are required to complete 150 credit hours of college level course work.  To satisfy the 150-hour requirement, Maryville University offers dual degrees in Accounting and Accounting Information Systems.  We also offer a Master of Science in Accounting.   To learn more about how you can obtain dual degrees in Accounting and Accounting Information Systems to meet the CPA License requirements, contact your advisor.  For additional information about  the CPA exam, go to www.cpa-exam.org.

General Electives

(23-26 credits)

Graduation Requirements

  • 128 credit hours minimum (last 30 hours in residency)
  • A minimum half the major credit hours in residency
  • A minimum half the minor credit hours in residency
  • ​60 credit hours must be completed at a 4-year institution 

Business Early Access Information

Many of our undergraduate programs offer the ability for students to pursue Early Access credits that can be applied to certain graduate programs.
If you’re a qualified undergraduate student and you have not yet completed your elective requirements, we invite you to connect with an advisor and explore the possibility of utilizing our Early Access program. Click here for more information.