Major, BSBA/MA Degree
NOTE: At the completion of the 150-hour program, and not before, the student will earn both a BSBA and an MA degree in Accountancy.
The 150-Hour BSBA/MA program for accounting students combines the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree (accounting major) with the Master of Arts in Accountancy, providing the student with a seamless path to complete the 150 hours required to sit for the Certified Public Accountant exam. The 150-hour program reduces the hours needed to complete each degree separately by 6.
In addition to the technical and professional accounting knowledge and skills provided as part of the BSBA, the Accountancy program has identified the following graduate Student Learning Outcomes.
Professional Accounting Knowledge - Each student can demonstrate the ability to apply professional accounting knowledge in the following areas:
- Audit procedures and programs.
- Tax policy and compliance for taxable and non-taxable entities.
- The evolution of accounting theory.
Professional Accounting Skills - Each student can demonstrate application of professional skills as follows:
- Research complex accounting-related issues and utilize findings in decision making.
- Gather and analyze data for problem solving and decision making.
- Communicate effectively (orally and in writing) in an accounting context.
Professional Orientation - Students can demonstrate an application within the following areas associated with success in the accounting profession.
- Complexities of the global business environment.
- Expectations of professional and ethical conduct and the need for continuing education.
- Roles and responsibilities of accountants to insure the integrity of financial and other business information.
The M.A. in Accountancy program is designed to provide advanced level of study in accounting. The program provides graduate exposure to the traditional areas of accounting (financial accounting, income tax, and auditing) through the accounting core. The specialization allows sufficient flexibility in course work to permit advanced study in specific areas such as tax, financial planning, auditing or accounting systems. Completion of the program qualifies the graduate to sit for the CPA examination in Missouri.
UCM students enrolled in their first 3000 level accounting course may consult with the Accountancy Graduate Advisor and complete a departmental application to declare the 150-hour BSBA/MA major in accountancy. A cumulative GPA of 3.00 (4.00 scale) or higher for the first 60 hours of undergraduate college credit and a GPA of 3.00 (or above) on the 24 semester hours of BSBA pre-admission courses, and a grade of B or higher in ACCT 2101 , ACCT 2102 , and ACCT 3110 is required for admittance. To continue with the graduate portion of the degree, students must have a 3.00 or higher cumulative undergraduate GPA. Prior to beginning the graduate portion of the program, students in the 150-hour program will need to apply to the UCM Graduate School for formal admittance to the Accelerated BSBA/MA program.
Accountancy, BSBA/MA (46-621) (4 Year Guide)