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 program goals and student learning objectives provided as part of the BSBA (see undergraduate catalog), the Accountancy program has identified the following graduate program goals and student learning objectives:
Goal 1: Accounting Skills & Knowledge - students will possess accounting skills and knowledge, and utilize the critical thinking skills necessary to succeed in the accounting profession.
SLO 1.1: Students can solve complex accounting problems using appropriate methods.
SLO 1.2: Students can draw appropriate conclusions from accounting information.
Goal 2: Professional Responsibilities - students will understand an accountant’s ethical and regulatory responsibilities.
SLO 2.1: Students can apply professional conduct standards to solve ethical dilemmas.
SLO 2.2: Students can identify relevant regulatory responsibilities.
Goal 3: Information Technology Skills & Knowledge - students will be able to utilize information skills and knowledge to analyze electronic information.
SLO 3.1: Students can effectively utilize accounting information technology.
SLO 3.2: Students can conduct data analysis and interpret the results.
Goal 4: Communication - students will communicate effectively.
SLO 4.1: Students can demonstrate effective oral communication.
SLO 4.2: Students can demonstrate effective written communication.
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, income tax, audit and data analytics) through the accounting core. The electives allow sufficient flexibility in course work to permit advanced study in specific areas such as tax, financial planning or managerial accounting. 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 should consult with the Accountancy Graduate Coordinator and complete an application to declare the Accelerated BSBA/MA in Accountancy major. 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 1101 , ACCT 2000 , ACCT 2102 and ACCT 2901 is required for admittance. To continue with the graduate portion of the degree, students must have a 3.0 or higher cumulative undergraduate GPA and a grade of C or higher in all 3000 and 4000 level undergraduate accounting courses. 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)