Do more than crunch the numbers. Advance your understanding of their meaning and the impact they have on the ability to impact a business.

Leverage an accounting degree to sit for and pass the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam. An advisory board of partners from St. Louis and the region provide curriculum guidance, and pass rates at Southeast place it above the national and state university average. 

Many states, including Missouri, require 150 credit hours to sit for the CPA exam - 24 hours beyond what the accounting program requires. To meet this demand, Southeast offers a 33-credit hour track in the MBA program, so you can fulfill this requirement while working toward a master’s degree. 

What You’ll Do  

As an accounting major at Southeast, you’ll learn the art and practice of measuring, interpreting, and communicating information about financial activity.  

  • Engage with qualified, award-winning faculty in Robert A. Dempster Hall, a beautiful business building with the look and feel of a corporate environment. 
  • Chart your future toward any avenue of accounting, from tax examiner to auditor to financial analyst to certified public account (CPA). 
  • Explore the more than 30 study abroad programs offered around the globe — from Algeria to Uruguay and from Spain to South Korea.

Outcomes & Careers

  • 96% 

    Successful Outcomes Rate

    Students graduating with degrees from the Harrison College of Business & Computing report being employed or furthering their education six months after graduation.  


  • $74k

    Accountant and Auditor 

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for an accountant/auditor is $73,560.

  • $84k

    Financial Analyst

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for a financial analyst is $83,660.  


What You'll Study

As an accounting major, you’ll learn the rules and procedures of financial, cost, tax, and governmental accounting. You’ll complete a minimum of 120 credit hours to complete this degree, including the general education requirements and at least 39 senior division hours. 

Business Administration Core – 33 Hours Required

Required Courses:

  • AC221 Principles of Accounting I (3)
  • AC222 Principles of Accounting II (3)
  • BA101 The Business Universe (3)
  • BA490 Business Policy & Strategy (3)
  • BL255 Business Law (3)
  • FI361 Financial Management (3)
  • MG301 Principles of Management (3)
  • MI375 Management Information Systems (3)
  • MK301 Principles of Marketing (3)
  • QM352 Quantitative Analysis (3)

Choose 3 Hours From:*

*International Course taken to meet Business Administration Core requirement may not be counted on a major

  • AC540 International Perspectives of Accounting (3)
  • BA560 Topics in International Business (3)
  • BL560 International Business Law (3)
  • EC580 International Economics (3)
  • FI540 International Finance (3)
  • MG560 International Management (3)
  • MK560 International Marketing (3)

A grade of ‘C’ is required in each core course.

Support Courses - 30 Hours Required:

Some courses may fulfill General Education requirements.

  • BA252 Business Communication (2)
  • BA400 Applied Ethical Leadership (3)
  • BA452 Professionalism (1)
  • EC215 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
  • EC225 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
  • EN140 Rhetoric & Critical Thinking (3)
  • MA116 Precalculus A or MA123 Mathematical Reasoning and Modeling (3)
  • MI101 Intro to Computer Applications (3)
  • QM257 Business Statistics I (3)
  • QM258 Business Statistics II (3)
  • SC105 Fundamentals of Oral Communication (3)

A grade of ‘C’ or better is required in each support course.

NOTE: All 100 and 200 level core and support courses are pre-requisite to all 300 level business core and business major courses.

Accounting - 27 Hours - No Minor Required

Required Courses:

  • AC321 Financial Accounting & Reporting I (3)
  • AC330 Accounting Analytics (3)
  • AC331 Cost Accounting & Analysis (3)
  • AC332 Financial Accounting & Reporting II (3)
  • AC435 Taxation of Individuals (3)
  • AC437 Auditing & Assurance Services (3)

Choose 9 Hours From:

  • AC534 Financial Accounting & Reporting III (3)
  • AC537 Advanced Auditing & Assurance Services (3)
  • AC540 International Accounting (3)
  • AC545 Taxation of Business Entities (3)
  • AC548 Government & Not-For-Profit Accounting (3)
  • AC550 Fraud Examination & Forensic Accounting (3)
  • AC473 Internship in Accounting (3)

NOTE: Microsoft Excel certification is a graduation requirement for undergraduate Accounting majors.

“Critical Courses” are italicized and bolded. Data shows that students who have completed this course in the first two years and have earned the noted grade are most likely to complete this program of study.

Some requirements may be fulfilled by coursework in major program.

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences – 6 hours
  • Constitution Requirement – 3 hours
  • Written Communication – 6 hours
  • Oral Communication – 3 hours
  • Natural Sciences – 7 hours (from two disciplines, one to include a lab)
  • Mathematics – 3 hours
  • Humanities & Fine Arts – 9 hours (from at least two disciplines)
  • Additional requirements – 5 hours (to include UI100 for native students)
  • Civics examination

Freshman Year  

Fall Semester (13 Hours)  

  • UI100 (1)  
  • EN100 (3)  
  • BA101 (3)  
  • MA116 or MA123 (3)  
  • MI101 (3)   

Spring Semester (15 Hours)  

  • EN140 (3)  
  • SC105 (3)  
  • General Education (3)  
  • General Education (3)  
  • General Education (3)  

Milestone: Achieve a minimum 2.25 overall GPA 

Summer courses are encouraged to avoid 18-hour semesters.

Sophomore Year  

Fall Semester (17 Hours)  

  • AC221 (3)  
  • BA252 (2)  
  • EC215 (3)  
  • QM257 (3)  
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Spring Semester (18 Hours)  

  • AC222 (3)  
  • BL255 (3)  
  • ED225 (3)  
  • QM258 (3)  
  • General Education (3) 
  • General Education (3) 

Milestone: Achieve a minimum 2.25 overall GPA 

Junior Year  

Fall Semester (16 Hours)  

  • AC321 (3)  
  • BA452 (1)  
  • FI361 (3)  
  • QM352 (3)  
  • Accounting Elective (3)
  • General Education (3)  

Spring Semester (15 Hours)  

  • AC332 (3)  
  • AC435 (3)  
  • MG301 (3)  
  • MI375 (3) 
  • MK301 (3) 

Milestone: Maintain 2.25 overall GPA and 2.25 major GPA

Senior Year  

Fall Semester (12 Hours)  

  • AC330 (3)  
  • Accounting Elective (3)  
  • International Course (3)  
  • General Education (3)  

Spring Semester (15 Hours)  

  • AC437 (3)  
  • BA400 (3)  
  • BA490 (3)  
  • Accounting Elective (3)  
  • Accounting Elective (3)  

Milestone: Maintain 2.25 overall GPA and 2.25 major GPA

A minimum 2.25 GPA in the major and overall are required to graduate with a BSBA degree.

A “Milestone” signifies a significant stage for a student in the completion of a degree.

“Critical Courses” are italicized and bolded. Data shows that students who have completed this course in the first two years and have earned the noted grade are most likely to complete this program of study.

Become a Redhawk.

Do more than dream about the future. Take the first steps to make it all happen.

Getting the Job

Your education is just one piece to launching an extraordinary career. Once you’ve mastered the material, you still have to find the job you want, make the right connections, sell your knowledge and experience—and if all this is giving you anxiety, don’t panic. SEMO’s Career Services office is here to help you with the next step. They’ll provide the expertise and support you need, so you’re landing your dream job in no time.


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What Can You Do with an Accounting Degree? 

At Southeast, an accounting education goes beyond preparing you to pass the CPA exam. We have amazing success stories to prove it. Southeast alumni are tackling remote consulting internships, conducting audits for the Big Four accounting firms, and managing corporate accounts across the country. 

And while most accounting graduates go into the field of accounting, the opportunities don’t end there. Typical jobs for accounting alumni include: 

  • Accountant 
  • Auditor 
  • Certified public accountant (CPA) 
  • Budget analyst 
  • Business consultant 
  • Financial analyst 
  • Finance manager 
  • Tax examiner 

Harrison College of Business & Computing

Explore all that we do here. You’re up for creating and innovating, digging deep into data and trends, applying skills to solve analytics problems, and for planning the next big thing. We believe in providing you with empowering opportunities to fine-tune your skill set needed in the global marketplace. If this sounds good to you, we should talk.

Douglas C. Greene Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Come to campus with your fresh ideas and let’s chart a path to make them happen. At Southeast, our students gain access to one of the largest entrepreneurship programs in the Midwest, a place that fosters a culture of creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

Beta Alpha Psi

Meet other students in your major and connect with those looking to chart a course toward an accounting career. The Thomas K. McCain Mu Xi chapter of Beta Alpha Psi at Southeast, a professional accounting and financial information fraternity based on academics, professionalism and service.

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