Accounting Department

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 University of Missouri-St. Louis are accredited by AACSB International. University of Missouri-St. Louis is the only university in St. Louis, and one of only five in Missouri to hold AACSB accreditation in both business and accounting.

A Round of Applause!!!!

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 in the past five years. (Full story)


At the Beta Alpha Psi regional meeting in Kansas City, our Gamma Psi chapter won first place for the Regional Deloitte Best Practices Competition for Business Writing Skills, based on the internal control review service learning project they completed with a local church. The team will present again in August at the national Beta Alpha Psi convention in Anaheim. The team included Jon Ralston, Katy Stevens, Stephanie Parrish and Diana Gilsinn.  Traci Hodges is the Beta Alpha Psi faculty advisor, and Pamela Stuerke helped with the service learning project and serving as the writing content expert.  Congratulations to all!!


Nguyen Ngo (BSBA 2010, MAcc 2011) has received the 2011 Elijah Watt Sells Award. The American Institute of CPAs presents this award to candidates who obtained a cumulative average score above 95.50 across all four sections of the Uniform CPA Examination, completed testing during the previous calendar year and passed all four sections of the Examination on their first attempt. More than 90,000 candidates sat for the Exam in 2011. Thirty-seven candidates met the criteria to receive the Sells Award. In 2008, Chris Leon (BSA 2007) received the same award. We are very proud that our alumni have earned two Elijah Watt Sells awards in four years! (Full story)


Steven O. Swyers was inducted into the University of Missouri–St. Louis College of Business Administration’s Accounting Hall of Fame. Swyers, BSBA 1973, became an inductee during the Oct. 25 Celebrating Our Successes event at Edward Jones in Des Peres, Mo.

Swyers is a CPA and general partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers. After earning a degree from UMSL, he joined the St. Louis office of Price Waterhouse, now PricewaterhouseCoopers. Following a two year stint in the company’s New York Office, he became a partner in 1985, and returned to the St. Louis office. (Full story)


At the national Beta Alpha Psi conference in Denver in August, our chapter won two national IRS Awards for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. We were in third place for most tax returns prepared and the most volunteers serving more than five hours. VITA volunteers were trained by Dr. Geisler and serve at various sites throughout the St. Louis area to provide free income tax assistance to low income individuals. Lindell Chew of the Marketing department manages the program and David Kowalczyk served as the site leader for the program. Brighton Ranney was the VITA chairperson to manage the volunteer process for Beta Alpha Psi. Students who are not members of Beta Alpha Psi also served as VITA volunteers. Congratulations and thanks to everyone who participated in the VITA program during 2011. Follow the link on the left to learn more about the VITA program.


The St. Louis Chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) has announced that UMSL Master of Accounting student Carri Frye has been awarded a 2011 NABA Scholarship. Congratulations, Carri!


University of Missouri–St. Louis College of Business Administration accounting students won first place in the Best Practices competition earlier this month at the Beta Alpha Psi regional meeting in Lincoln, Neb. The UMSL team will go on to compete in August against at the National Beta Alpha Psi Convention in Denver. (Full Story)