Launch into an accounting career on your timeline: You'll do that here.

A bachelor’s degree in accounting prepares you to join the vast field of business. Our AACSB-accredited program teaches you auditing, financial, cost, and tax accounting and how it applies to your future career. You’ll start with the basics and work your way up to classes tailored to fit your interests and needs.

In addition to your online coursework, you'll have the opportunity for real-world experience through internship and study-abroad programs. This means you're on a career-ready path from day one.

What You'll Do

Accounting is the art and practice of measuring, interpreting, and communicating information about financial activity. You’ll learn the rules and procedures of financial, cost, tax, and governmental accounting. More specifically, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Be prepared for future professional exams with a curriculum guided by input from an advisor board of partners from St. Louis and the region.
  • Continue working, secure an internship, or balance life’s other responsibilities by taking online courses.
  • Count upper level courses towards a master’s degree with the accelerated MBA program.

What Can You Do with an Accounting Degree?

Accounting graduates have a multitude of diverse career options, even though most go into the field of accounting. You’ll be prepared to tackle a career in accounting, or branch out into other business and corporate settings.

Career Opportunities

  • Accountant
  • Auditor
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • Budget Analyst
  • Tax Examiner
  • Financial Analyst

Outcomes & Careers

  • $78k

    Accountant and Auditor 

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for an accountant/auditor is $78,000.

  • $96k

    Financial Analyst

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for a financial analyst is $96,220.  


  • $82k

    Budget Analyst

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual salary for budget analyst is $82,260.  


Online: Accounting Degree Map

Explore the courses you'll need to complete your degree

Accounting Curriculum

The accounting degree requires a minimum of 120 credit hours to complete, including the general education requirements and at least 39 senior division hours.

“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.

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

  • 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)

Choose 3 hours: *

  • 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)

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

Some courses may fulfill General Education requirements. A grade of ‘C’ or better is required in each support course.

  • BA252 Business Communication (2)
  • 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 Analytics I (3)
  • QM258 Business Analytics II (3)
  • SC105 Fundamentals of Oral Communication (3)

NOTE: All 100 and 200 level core and support courses are prerequisite to all 300 level business core and business major 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)
  • AC555 Forensic Accounting Analytics (3)
  • AC473 Internship in Accounting (3)

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

Some requirements may be fulfilled by coursework in a 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

Fall First Year (13)

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

Spring First Year (15)

  • EN140 (3)
  • SC107 (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)

Fall Second Year (17)

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

Spring Second Year (18)

  • AC222 (3)
  • BL255 (3)
  • EC225 (3)
  • QM258 (3)
  • General Education (3)
  • General Education (3)

(Summer courses are encouraged to avoid 18 hour semesters.)

Fall Third Year (16)

  • AC321 (3)
  • AC331 (3)
  • BA452 (1)
  • FI361 (3)
  • QM352 (3)
  • General Education (3)

Spring Third Year (15)

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

Fall Fourth Year (12)

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

Spring Fourth Year (15)

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

Harrison College of Business & Computing

This program is housed in the Harrison College of Business and Computing. The College prepares students for the global marketplace. Alumni work for some of the world’s largest corporations to some of today’s most innovative startups. The focus is on creating and innovating, data and trends, supported by faculty mentors who themselves are leaders in business and computing.

Professor of Accounting in the Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance

"I am quite ecstatic for the opportunity to offer our accounting program online. It is very exciting to help people pursue their goal of working in the accounting profession. It is equally exciting for us to be able to reach out, whether geographically close or far removed, and connect with those seeking to deepen their accounting education in the online environment. I look forward to working with future accounting professionals and helping to turn their dreams a reality. "

Leisa Marshall, Ph.D.

Leisa Marshall smiles for a portrait.

Get Funding for Your Education

Missouri’s opened the door to a more educated workforce. We want to help you walk through it. If you’re an adult learner and a Missouri resident returning to college, learn about the Fast Track Workforce Incentive Grant. It’s a statewide financial aid program that can be used to pursue a certificate, degree or industry-recognized credential in a high need area in Missouri. This major is eligible for the Fast Track grant.

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Online Learning at Southeast

When it comes to your success, we do whatever it takes. Online learning at Southeast takes the same reputable college courses taught by Southeast faculty and makes them available anytime, anywhere.


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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.

Accelerated Master’s Degree

Southeast offers an accelerated master’s degree for current students. You can get both undergraduate and graduate credit for some 500 level courses, meaning you can graduate with an MBA sooner.

98% of Harrison College of Business and Computing graduates are employed or enrolled in grad school within a year.

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