Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Accounting

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 in Accounting creates a structured program that indicates successful completion of accounting study at UMSL beyond an undergraduate degree.


  • Bachelor's degree in any field
  • College Algebra (MATH 1030) or equivalent
  • Fundamentals of Financial Accounting (ACCTNG 2400) or equivalent
  • Managerial Accounting (ACCTNG 2410) or equivalent

Accounting Course Requirements:
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.

Completing the requirements:

Required courses (offered at least two semesters per year):

ACCTNG 3401: Financial Accounting & Reporting I
ACCTNG 3402: Financial Accounting & Reporting II
ACCTNG 3411: Cost Accounting
ACCTNG 3421: Accounting Information Systems
ACCTNG 3441: Income Taxes
ACCTNG 4435: Auditing (required to take CPA exam in Missouri)

Electives (generally offered at least one semester per year)
ACCTNG 3451: Accounting for Governmental and Not-for-profit Entities
ACCTNG 3498: Seminar in Accounting (Topics vary each year; not offered every year)
ACCTNG 4401: Financial Accounting & Reporting III
ACCTNG 4402: Financial Accounting & Reporting IV
ACCTNG 4441: Advanced Federal Income Taxation of Businesses

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Accounting and qualifying for the CPA exam in Missouri:

Successful completion of the Certificate includes all the accounting courses needed to qualify for the CPA Exam in Missouri. Missouri also requires a total of 60 credit hours in business (including the accounting courses). Many students with undergraduate degrees in business have already satisfied this requirement. Students without business degrees will need additional courses to qualify for the CPA exam.

In addition, Missouri requires 150 credit hours of college level coursework to qualify for the CPA exam.

Some Sample Certificate Programs
Each program will depend on the student's interests, previously completed coursework, and the electives offered, which vary from year to year.

If you are interested in learning more about the UMSL Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Accounting, please contact:

Undergraduate Advising
College of Business Administration
107 Anheuser-Busch Hall