Our Mission

The mission of the Accounting programs includes fostering excellence in accountancy by providing a rigorous educational experience as a framework for lifelong learning to individuals of diverse academic backgrounds.

The graduate and undergraduate accounting programs at the University of Missouri – St. Louis are accredited by AACSB International.  The University of Missouri – St. Louis is proud to have been the first Accounting program in the St. Louis region to earn dual accreditation for both its Accounting and Business programs.

A Round of Applause!!!!

The August, 2015 edition of the Public Accounting Report (PAR) provided its annual rankings of the nation's accounting programs. In the category of Undergraduate Accounting Programs with fewer than 15 Accounting faculty members, our Bachelor of Science in Accounting is ranked #17 (see below). In the category of Master of Accounting Program with fewer than 15 Accounting Faculty members, our MACC is also ranked #17 (see below). These rankings are based on a survey of all accounting professors. 

This is a great tribute to our AWESOME students. By virtue of their hard work which led to their strong pass rates on the CPA exam and the multiple Elijah Watt Sells Awards - they have brought national attention to our programs! I am beyond thrilled. 

Now I want to thank you for the part that you and all of the great friends of the accounting department played in getting us to where we are at. Our vision has been and is to be an "Outstanding Professional Accountancy Program." We are there. We will work our hardest to stay there! 

Public Accounting Report 
34th Annual Professors Survey—2015 
Top 25 Undergraduate Rankings: Schools with 15 or Fewer Full-Time Accounting Faculty 
Rank   School 
1 University of Wisconsin 
2 University of Virginia 
3 University of Nevada-Las Vegas 
4 Southern Methodist University 
5 University of Massachusetts 
6 Oklahoma State University 
7 Ball State University 
8 University of Oklahoma 
9 University of Arkansas 
10 Lehigh University 
11 University of Pittsburgh 
12 College of William & Mary 
13 University of Cincinnati 
14 Mississippi State University 
15 University of Kansas 
16 Case Western Reserve University 
17 University of Missouri-St. Louis 
18 University of Minnesota 
19 Loyola University-Maryland 
20 Emory University 
21 Belmont University 
22 Bryant University 
TIE Northwestern University 
24 University of Nebraska 
25 University of Northern Iowa 

Top 25 Master’s Rankings: Schools with 15 or Fewer Full-Time Accounting Faculty 
Rank   School 
1 University of Wisconsin 
2 University of Virginia 
3 Southern Methodist University 
4 University of Arkansas 
5 University of Oklahoma 
6 University of Nevada-Las Vegas 
7 Oklahoma State University 
8 University of Cincinnati 
9 University of Pittsburgh 
10 University of Massachusetts 
TIE Vanderbilt University 
12 Mississippi State University 
13 Lehigh University 
14 Case Western Reserve University 
15 Ball State University 
TIE College of William & Mary 
17 University of Missouri-St. Louis 
18 Georgia State University 
19 University of Northern Iowa 
20 Idaho State University 
TIE University of South Florida 
22 Emory University 
23 Truman State University 
24 University of Minnesota 
25 Western Michigan University 

Note: Master’s degrees in accounting and integrated degrees only; does not include MBAs.
Source: PAR research based on U.S. accounting professors’ survey.


Congratulations to Brighton Ranney on receiving the 2012 Elijah Watt Sells Award!

Out of over 90,000 candidates who took the CPA exam in 2012, only 38 earned scores high enough to qualify for the Sells Award. We are very proud that three UMSL accounting alumni, Chris Leon, Nguyen Ngo and Brighton, have won this prestigious award since 2008. (Full story)