University Requirements

General Education

The UMKC General Education Core is the university-wide curriculum that all undergraduate students will complete.  The 30-credit hour core curriculum includes three course types designated as Anchor, Discourse and Focus and is detailed in the General Education section of the catalog.

Constitution Course 

Every undergraduate student must take a course covering the United States Constitution and the Missouri State Constitution before graduation. Course options are included in the program requirements section below.

RooWriter Assessment

Candidates for all baccalaureate degrees must complete the online UMKC RooWriter Writing Assessment after they have passed Discourse 200 (or its equivalent) but before they have attained 90 credit hours. Incoming transfer students with more than 90 credit hours must complete the RooWriter by the end of their first semester of enrollment or within one semester after passing Discourse 200 (or its equivalent). Students who have not completed the RooWriter Writing Assessment within two semesters after passing Discourse 200 (or its equivalent) will be blocked from enrollment until they successfully complete the RooWriter. Additional information is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the catalog.

Exit Examinations

Information on exit examinations and/or major field exams is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the catalog.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • Demonstrate entry-level technical competence in financial accounting, taxation, cost/managerial, systems, and auditing. The competency level is not sufficient to meet the technical requirements for professional certification but will serve as the technical foundation for graduate education.
  • Demonstrate technical competence in domestic and global business through the study of major disciplines within the fields of business.
  • Demonstrate the fundamentals of creating and managing innovation, new business development and high-growth-potential entities.
  • Be able to define, analyze and devise solutions for structured and unstructured business problems and issues using cohesive and logical reasoning patterns for evaluating information, materials and data.
  • Be able to recognize ethical dilemmas and apply a professional code of conduct to resolve them.
  • Be able to conceptualize a complex issue into a coherent written statement and oral presentation.
  • Be competent in the uses of technology in modern organizational operations.

Admission Requirements

First-time college students are eligible to be admitted to the Bloch School if they meet regular UMKC entrance requirements. Those transferring from other institutions must have 2.5 cumulative and University of Missouri (UM) GPAs. Intra-university transfers can enter Bloch School programs with a 2.25 UM GPA. All students are required to maintain a 2.25 cumulative University of Missouri GPA while enrolled in this program.

Program Requirements

The Bloch School requires a minimum of 123 credit hours to earn the Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree.  This total includes course work in the following areas: General Education, Electives, Basic Skills, Accounting and Business Requirements. 

See the Bloch School Undergraduate Policies and Procedures section (link to for additional information.

Upon graduation from the B.S.A. program, a student will have the skill set and professional mindset needed to perform in entry-level financial accounting, taxation, cost management and auditing positions.

Program Specific Recommendations for UMKC General Education Core Coursework

Anchor I 13
Anchor II 13
Anchor III 13
DISC 100Discourse I: Reasoning and Values (Speech and Writing)3
DISC 200Discourse II: Culture and Diversity (Writing and Speech)3
DISC 300Discourse III: Civic and Community Engagement (Speech and Writing)3
Focus A 13
Focus B (Satisfied in program requirements below)
Focus C (May be satisfied by the Constitution course requirement below)
Focus Elective (Satisfied in program requirements below)
'Total credits' in this section indicates the number of General Education Core credit hours that are not met by the degree specific requirements outlined below.
Total Credits21

Constitution Course Requirement

Section 170.011.1 of the Missouri Revised Statutes, 2015, states that all candidates for a degree issued by a college or university in the state of Missouri must have “satisfactorily passed an examination on the provisions and principles of the Constitution of the United States and of the state of Missouri, and in American history and American institutions.” 

Courses at UMKC that satisfy this state requirement are:

Choose one of the following:3
The Supreme Court And The Criminal Process
U.S. History to 1877 (Focus C) 1
U.S. History Since 1877 (Focus C) 1
Constitutional History of the United States
Honors American Government (Focus C) 1
American Government (Focus C) 1
Total Credits3

There are a few other ways this requirement can be satisfied for students transferring to UMKC:

  • Take an equivalent course from the list above at a regionally accredited institution.
  • Earn credit for one of the above courses through AP, IB, or CLEP.
  • Take a course that directly satisfies the Missouri Constitution Requirement at another Missouri institution.
  • Have a previous bachelors degree (or higher) from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Have an Associate of Arts degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Complete the 42 Hour Core at a Missouri institution and have it listed on the official transcript.

Basic Skills Coursework

ACCTNG 210Introduction To Financial Accounting (Includes Lab)3
ACCTNG 211Introduction To Managerial Accounting3
ECON 201Introduction To Economics I (Focus B)3
ECON 202Introduction To Economics II (Focus B)3
MATH 110Precalculus Algebra (or ALEKS score of 61 or higher; Focus B)3
MATH 206Brief Calculus And Matrix Algebra3
STAT 235Elementary Statistics3
Total Credits21

Major Requirements

Accounting Core Requirements - Junior Year
ACCTNG 306Introduction to the Accounting Profession and Procedures3
ACCTNG 307Cost Management3
ACCTNG 310Intermediate Accounting I3
ACCTNG 311Intermediate Accounting II3
ACCTNG 350Accounting Systems And Controls3
ACCTNG 360Accounting Research and Communications3
DSOM 309Intermediate Business Statistics3
DSOM 326Production/Operations Management3
ECON 301Macroeconomic Analysis3
or ECON 302 Microeconomic Analysis
MGT 301Effective Business Communication3
or MGT 301A Effective Business Communication for Non-Native Speakers
MGT 330Understanding the Individual in the Organization3
MGT 370International Management3
or MGT 470 International Study in Business
MKT 324Marketing Concepts3
Accounting Core Requirements - Senior Year
ACCTNG 405Auditing3
ACCTNG 412Introduction to Income Taxation3
ENT 460Creating the Enterprise3
FIN 325Financial Management3
MGT 306Legal, Ethical And Regulatory Environment Of Business3
MGT 320Law Of Commercial Transactions3
MGT 471Strategic Management3
Advanced Finance courses, choose one from:3
Global Financial Markets and Institutions
Financial Statement Analysis
Commercial Bank Management
Advanced Corporate Finance
Accounting Specialization (Select a two course sequence)6
CPA Sequence (Certified Public Accountant Preparation)
Advanced Accounting
Governmental/Not-For-Profit Accounting
CIA Sequence (Certified Internal Auditor Preparation)
Principles of Internal Auditing
and one of the following:
Data Analytics for Accounting
Advanced Accounting
Governmental/Not-For-Profit Accounting
Fraud Auditing
CFE Sequence (Certified Fraud Examiner Preparation)
Fraud Auditing
and one of the following:
Data Analytics for Accounting
Advanced Accounting
Governmental/Not-For-Profit Accounting
Principles of Internal Auditing
CMA Sequence (Certified Management Account Preparation)
select two from the following:
Data Analytics for Accounting
Advanced Accounting
Governmental/Not-For-Profit Accounting
Principles of Internal Auditing
Fraud Auditing
CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor Sequence)
Data Analytics for Accounting
and choose one of the following:
Advanced Accounting
Governmental/Not-For-Profit Accounting
Principles of Internal Auditing
Fraud Auditing
Total Credits69

Note: Students should ensure that prerequisites are taken in the proper sequence.

General Electives9

Minimum GPA: 2.25 (Major; Univ of MO)

Total Credit Hours: 123


Students will take electives to bring their program total to 123 credit hours.  The number of hours required will vary based on selections made to satisfy general education requirements and will generally range from 9-15 hours.  Electives can be used to pursue a minor or can be individually-selected courses to build a specific skill set or explore a particular interest.  Students can have no more than 2 credit hours of physical education activity course work.  Additionally, remedial courses, military science classes and vocational course work will not apply.

Graduation Requirements

All students must satisfactorily complete the RooWriter before enrolling in MGT 301 or MGT 301A.  Information regarding the RooWriter is available at

The BS Accounting degree will be awarded on satisfaction of the following:

  1. Completion of the degree requirements and a minimum of 123 credit hours.

  2. Achievement of a 2.25 GPA; satisfactory academic standing is based on:

  3. Cumulative GPA of 2.25 for all University of Missouri courses; and

  4. GPA of 2.25 for all required junior-and senior-level in-major courses completed at UM schools.

  5. Completion of 50% of junior/senior in-major courses at UMKC.  Additionally, accounting students must complete at least 15 hours of upper-level accounting courses at UMKC.

  6. Completion of the RooWriter, the ETS Proficiency Profile and other assessment exercises assigned by the Bloch faculty.

  7. Completion of the Constitution requirement.

  8. Filing of a required application for graduation at the beginning of the senior year.

Students are responsible for ensuring their course of study falls within program guidelines.


Tools for Planning and Fulfilling Academic Requirements

UMKC's Major Maps are detailed, semester by semester plans that lead a student to complete all degree requirements within four years.  Plans include benchmarks and critical courses by term that assist a student’s evaluation of progress and major “fit”.  In order to ensure that the appropriate courses are taken, students are encouraged to consult with the undergraduate advisor for this major.

UMKC’s Degree Audit System provides an individual evaluation of all degree requirements (General Education Core, Degree Specific, Major Specific, etc.) for student’s officially recorded (Office of Registration and Records) and “what if” plans of study.  This evaluation is used to certify all graduation requirements.

UMKC’s Transfer Guides provide detailed guidance on recommended transfer coursework, plans of study, transfer timelines, and transfer contact information. To ensure a seamless transfer experience, students are encouraged to work with both their community college advisor and a UMKC advisor when planning their coursework.