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Program Overview

The Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Accounting is designed for students with a bachelor's degree who are close to completing the educational requirements for the CPA exam (e.g., 5 or 6 classes away) without enrolling in a graduate program. For such students, the Post Baccalaureate Certificate is a structured program that indicates successful completion of accounting study at UMSL beyond an undergraduate degree. Prerequisites include a bachelor's degree in any field, College Algebra (MATH 1030) or, Fundamentals of Financial Accounting (ACCTNG 2400), and Managerial Accounting (ACCTNG 2410) or their equivalents. .

The certificate requires the completion of 27 credit hours of accounting courses at the 3000-level or above, at least 15 of which are completed at UMSL. The accounting courses must include the six required courses and three accounting electives. Courses previously completed can be waived upon presentation of appropriate documentation. Waived courses will not count toward the 15 credit hours at UMSL.

UMSL’s Accounting department is committed to the highest standard in accounting education through a focus on continuous improvement. The 2015 Public Accounting Report ranked our Master of Accounting programs 17th in the nation in our size category. Of UMSL Accounting graduates who responded to a 2015 survey conducted by UMSL Career Services, 100% had jobs or were pursuing a graduate degree within six months of graduation.

Learn more about the Accounting Certificate Curriculum.

What UMSL Accounting has to offer

The College of Business Administration at the University of Missouri-St. Louis is accredited for both business and accounting by AACSB, the highest accreditation a business school can receive, placing the college among the top two percent of business schools worldwide. Our programs are dynamic, evolving to meet the ever-changing needs of the global market.

UMSL Business faculty are recognized for research impact in their fields, but they are not only scholars. They are mentors, passionate about what they do, offering support through informal conversations, career events, seminars, workshops and more. Our internship program helps students secure diverse work experiences from Fortune 500 firms as well as local small businesses. We are invested in the success of every student.

About 150 local executives serve on UMSL Business advisory boards, assisting us with current trends, mentorships, internships, jobs, advice, and financial support. This means that our curriculum remains up to date and relevant to your eventual job search. Of graduates who responded to a 2015 survey conducted by UMSL Career Services, 100% of accounting and 92.5% of all UMSL Business undergraduate alumni had a job or were pursuing a graduate degree within 6 months of graduation.

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