Top School in St. Louis for a Career in Accounting

St. Louis has a number of institutions offering degrees in accounting. Find the best program for you by reading about the top local school's rankings, tuition and program information.

School and Ranking Information

There is only one public institution in St. Louis that offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees in accounting. Based on school type, program offerings and student services, the following school is considered one of the top schools in St. Louis for accounting degrees:

  • Winner: University of Missouri in St. Louis is the only 4-year public institution in the area with more than a bachelor's-level program in the field. The university offers a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Master of Accounting.

School Info Chart

Category University of Missouri
Rankings Tied at #204 for High School Counselor Rankings (2014)*
Location St. Louis, MO
School Type 4-year, public
Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2013-2014) $9,474 (in-state), $24,429 (out-of-state)**
Accounting Degrees Offered Bachelor's, Master's
Accounting Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2013 119**
Most Popular Accounting Degree Level in 2013 Bachelor's (76 awarded)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class 46%**
Noteworthy The university is nationally tied at #113 for top undergraduate business programs (2014)*

Sources: *U.S. News & World Report, **NCES College Navigator

The University of Missouri-St. Louis

  • The accounting program has accreditation with the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
  • The business administration college's faculty members are highly active in their fields, developing textbooks and ranking throughout the country for research contributions
  • The College of Business Administration aids students in getting the right internship experience through its internship program

The University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) is a public, 4-year university with an annual student enrollment exceeding 16,800, including over 13,500 undergraduates. It is the largest university in the St. Louis metropolitan area, and it has a strong alumni network of near 90,000. Through its College of Business Administration, UMSL offers students a B.S. in accounting and a Master of Accounting degree.

The 120-hour accounting bachelor's degree program requires students to complete 60 hours of study from departments outside of the College of Business Administration. General education coursework is grounded in the liberal arts and includes courses in written and oral communication, social sciences, mathematics, natural science and humanities. Accounting classes cover reporting, information systems, income taxes, managerial accounting and cost accounting. Students wishing to take the CPA examination must have 150 hours of training and should consider enrolling in the master's degree program at UMSL to satisfy the remaining 30 credits.

Some requirements for the Master of Accounting degree include a research course, at least one seminar, two accounting electives, another accounting course and electives outside of accounting. Students also take general business classes in financial accounting, strategy, management and economics. The total credits needed for this program may vary between 30 and 60, depending on students' previous degrees and coursework. Prerequisite accounting coursework includes cost accounting, information systems and income taxes. Some seminar topics include auditing, taxation and financial accounting.

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