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Advantages of an UMSL Business Degree

Top-Ranked Business Programs
Quality Faculty
Innovative Learning Experience
Exceptional Students
State-of-the-Art Facilities
Strong Ties to the Community


Top-Ranked Business Programs

Our undergraduate and graduate Business Administration and Accounting programs have professional accreditation through AACSB International. The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business – AACSB – is a third-party accrediting body. AACSB accreditation is a mark of academic excellence achieved by only about one-quarter of the Business Schools in the United States.  In addition, the College of Business Administration is among only 10 percent of the Business schools in the country to carry AACSB accreditation for both Business Administration and Accounting programs at the undergraduate and master’s level.

The Accounting Program at University of Missouri - St. Louis is one of only five in Missouri to have AACSB accreditation.  The University of Missouri - St. Louis Accounting program is the only program in St. Louis with Accounting accreditation.

U.S. News and World Reports ranks the International Business program in its top 20 for the past three years. The University of Missouri-St. Louis is the only public Business School in Missouri to offer a program ranked in the Top 20 by US News and World Report. 

The Finance Department offers a one-of-a-kind program qualified by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards. The University of Missouri - St. Louis Financial Planning and Counseling program was recently recertified by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards.  Registration with the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards ( requires that we maintain curriculum content as prescribed by the Board, utilize qualified instructors, and give students the right to sit for the CFP exam upon successful completion.  It is the only program of its kind in the St. Louis region, and has continued to grow in popularity since its inception in 1997.


Quality Faculty

Our faculty write the textbooks, not just read them!  For example, students majoring in IS can take courses on the Management of IS from an instructor who has written several of the leading books on IS outsourcing and has taught at Oxford. Students can take a course on decision support and expert systems from an instructor who wrote one of the top books in that field.  The author of a leading book in the operations management field teaches at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Faculty in the Finance and Management Departments have written textbooks in their fields.

Our faculty have international connections.  Members of our faculty  take part in exchange programs with universities in Holland, Finland, England,  Australia and China. Members of our faculty visit their universities to teach, and their faculty spend time at University of Missouri - St. Louis, giving our students a global view of the Business world.

Our faculty are ranked nationally.  A recent survey published in the Journal of Finance ranked the Finance program of University of Missouri - St. Louis in the top 12% nationally. The study evaluated the programs at 661 universities for research impact and influence on the field. Besides University of Missouri - St. Louis, only one other school in Missouri made the top 75 list.   The Journal of Business Logistics ranked our Logistics and Operations Management faculty 10th in institutional contributions during its first twenty years.

Our faculty provide you with the best of both worlds – they are engaged in cutting-edge research in their disciplines, AND they are engaged in consulting and collaborations with some of the biggest corporations and not-for-profits in the St. Louis region. This expertise benefits you, the student, because faculty expertise is brought into the classroom every day.


Innovative Learning Experience

Through the Student Investment Capital Trust Business majors can gain experience in the stock market. The faculty in the Finance Department donated seed money to the Investment Trust program years ago and through astute investments the fund has grown to approximately   $75,000.  Students can receive academic credit while investing the profits garnered from this program.

The International Business area has a joint program with the Pierre Laclede Honors College, which prepares our top undergraduate business students for admission to recognized graduate programs in International Business.  Pepperdine University, Thunderbird University, University of Memphis, and the University of Western Ontario have agreed to admit our International Business graduates into their International Business graduate programs, and similar arrangements are being made with other top International Business graduate programs.

The Business World comes to the classroom.  Through guest lecturers and group situations such as the ethics panel, students learn about dilemmas that exist in the corporate world and how to resolve them in financially and ethically sound ways. 

The Executive Leadership Institute provides opportunities for students to learn about leadership and make connections.  Through the Executive Luncheon Series, mentoring programs and the Women’s Networking Series, business executives help students bridge the gap between the theory and practice of leadership.  

Through the Accounting Honors Internship program,  our students experience tax season in the real Accounting world – and get paid to do so!  During the spring semester of their senior year, Accounting majors can spend eight weeks assisting top Accounting firms with tax season while earning three credit hours. It’s a great way to learn about the Accounting field first-hand, and to make connections with employers.


Exceptional Students

Our Finance Students compete nationally.   A University of Missouri - St. Louis Finance major won the only national award presented by the Association for Financial Professionals (formerly the Treasury Management Association) to an outstanding finance student. His paper was published in the Association's journal. Student interns from University of Missouri - St. Louis finished third in the national Northwestern Mutual Financial Network competition out of 125 universities, and one student was ranked second out of 1600 participants.

Students from all over the globe study at University of Missouri - St. Louis – and University of Missouri - St. Louis students study all over the world!   Through strong study abroad programs our students have spent semesters in Korea, China, Austria, France, the Netherlands, Great Britain, Mexico, and many other countries. Students from all over the world come to University of Missouri - St. Louis to study as well.

The Accounting department has an Accounting lab, which is staffed by members of Beta Alpha Psi, the honorary Accounting fraternity.  Accounting seniors assist their peers by providing free tutoring in the Accounting lab.

The Web Corp allows IS students to obtain hands-on experience in Web Technologies.
Students gain experience in web development that can be referenced on their resumes. The goal is to match the needs of the project with the capabilities of the student, while allowing for growth and development of students along the way.


State of the Art Facilities

The General American Advanced IS student Laboratory provides students in advanced IS courses with the access to the latest hardware and software. Also, most IS classes are taught in the Advanced technology classrooms, which provide a computer for each student and allow extensive hands-on  work during the class period.


Strong Ties to the St. Louis Business Community

Students from University of Missouri - St. Louis take part in the Regional Business Council’s Higher Education Collaboration Mentor Network.   Select students have the opportunity to benefit from the expertise of local corporate leaders and make connections that can lead to future job prospects.

Practical Experience through Internships with Local Companies.  Students who want to network and garner knowledge to complement their classroom experience are assisted in finding internships through the College of Business Internship Coordinator.  

The IS department forges strong relationships with the St. Louis business community through the IS mentoring program.  IS students are matched with mentors (many are University of Missouri - St. Louis alums) who assist their students with everything from career planning to tips on information systems. It’s a great way to make a connection in the work force.

Accounting majors can gain valuable experience through the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program.  Accounting majors provide personal income tax assistance to low income taxpayers and seniors, and can earn credit toward their degree by providing this community service.

Our program focuses on preparing students for all aspects of the workplace.  Business students from the University of Missouri-St. Louis are educated to be technically proficient and have the interpersonal skills to network and move up the corporate ladder.  This focus can be seen in areas as diverse as Information Systems, where students in several courses work on group projects designed to study how to use computers to enhance clients’ operations to Marketing, where virtually every course includes presentations and group projects.  The Management area offers courses that focus on career development and leadership.


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