Bachelor of Science in Accounting

University Requirements

General Education

UMKC Essentials is the university-wide curriculum that all undergraduate students will complete. The 30-credit hour program includes a First Year Experience course; three critical thinking courses in the areas of Arts & Humanities, Natural & Physical Sciences, and Social & Behavioral Sciences; a Culture and Diversity course; a Civic & Urban Engagement course; two courses in Written Composition and one course in Oral Communication; and a Math Pathway course. Transfer students entering UMKC will elect from the UMKC Essentials General Education Program or the Missouri Core 42 General Education Curriculum.  Academic advisors will meet with incoming transfer students to determine which option best serves the student’s educational needs. More information about General Education may be found here:

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.

Exit Examinations

Information on exit examinations is available in the Undergraduate Academic Regulations and Information section of the catalog.

Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement Examination

In accordance with Missouri Senate Bill 807 (section 170.013.1), 'any student entering a public institution of higher education for the first time after July 2019 who is pursuing an associate's or bachelor's degree from such institution shall successfully pass an examination on the provisions and principles of American civics with a score of seventy percent or greater as a condition of graduation from such institution'.  To satisfy this requirement at UMKC, students access the exam through the Canvas site. This requirement will be listed in the degree audit system as, 'Take State Mandated Missouri Higher Education Civics Achievement Examination', and listed on the transcript as 'Missouri Civics Examination'.   

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • 1. Identify relevant rules and regulations to formulate and apply a logical position to an accounting issue.
  • 2. Contextualize how a given business problem affects an organization using critical thinking.
  • 3. Devise solutions for structured and unstructured business problems and issues.
  • 4. Apply a professional code of conduct to resolve ethical issues in Accounting.
  • 5. Communicate professionally both orally and in writing.
  • 6. Use 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 2.25 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 120 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 or 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.

UMKC Essentials

First Semester Experience Course (GEFSE)3
Written Communication:
ENGLISH 110Introduction to Academic Prose3
ENGLISH 225English II: Intermediate Academic Prose3
Oral Communication (choose one of the following):3
Fundamentals of Effective Speaking and Listening
Introduction to Communication
Argumentation And Debate (offered via dual credit only)
Interpersonal Communication
Math Pathway (satisfied in major requirements below)
Critical Thinking in Arts & Humanities (GECRT-AH)3
Critical Thinking in Natural & Physical Sciences (GECRT-SC)3
Critical Thinking in Social & Behavioral Sciences (GECRT-SS)3
Culture & Diversity Course (GECDV)3
Civic & Urban Engagement Course (GECUE)3
Total Credits27

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
U.S. History Since 1877
Honors American Government
American Government
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
DSOM 211Business Analytics I3
or STAT 235 Elementary Statistics
or STAT 115 Statistical Reasoning
or MOTRMATH 110 MOTR Statistical Reasoning
ECON 201Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECON 202Principles of Microeconomics3
MATH 110Precalculus Algebra (or ALEKS score of 61 or higher; or MyMathTest College Algebra score of 70% or higher; or ACT MATH sub-score of 28 or higher; or SAT MATH sub-score of 660 or higher; satisfies Math Pathway)3
MGT 256Legal and Regulatory Contexts of Organizations3
Total Credits21

Major Requirements

Accounting Core Requirements
ACCTNG 306Introduction to Intermediate and the Accounting Profession3
ACCTNG 307Cost Management3
ACCTNG 310Intermediate Accounting3
ACCTNG 318Introduction to Data Analysis in Accounting3
ACCTNG 350Accounting Systems And Controls3
ACCTNG 360Accounting Research and Communications3
ACCTNG 405Auditing3
ACCTNG 412Introduction to Income Taxation3
Business Core Requirements
DSOM 340Supply Chain and Operations Management3
ENT 315Entrepreneurial Mindset and Opportunity Recognition *3
FIN 325Financial Management3
MGT 332Principles of Organizational Behavior3
MKT 324Principles of Marketing3
MGT 471Strategic Management3
Accounting or Advanced Business Electives (choose from the following):9
Data Analytics for Accounting
Advanced Accounting
Business Analysis and Reporting
Applied Taxation and Client Relationship Management Accounting
Principles of Internal Auditing
Fraud Examination
Special Topics
Internship: Accounting
Special Topics In Accounting
Service Industry Analytics
Spending Analytics, Contracts, and Risk Management
Logistics, Transportation, Warehousing, and Distribution
Project Management
Digital Transformations and Supply Chain
Strategic Sourcing and Supplier Relationship Management
Data Visualization
Special Topics
Internship: Decision Science and Operations Management
Special Topics: Decision Science and Operations Management
Creativity, Innovation, and Problem Solving
Designing the Business Model
Entrepreneurship Scholars
Technology Entrepreneurship
New Product Development
Entrepreneurial Management and Innovation
Entrepreneurial Finance
Social Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurial Experience
Special Topics
Internship: Entrepreneurship
Special Topics: Entrepreneurship
Financial Management 2
Financial Markets and Institutions
Introduction to Risk Management and Insurance
Wealth Management
Financial Statement Analysis
Financial Services Marketing and Relationship Management
Credit Analysis
Commercial Bank Management
Advanced Corporate Finance
Advanced Investments
Special Topics
Internship: Finance
Special Topics: Finance
Financial Management Issues of Health and Human Services Organizations
Health and Social Equity
Leadership and Management in Health Care Organizations
The Economics of Health and Medicine
Health Policy in the United States
Special Topics
Internship: Health Administration
Special Topics: Health Administration
Effective Business Communication
Human Resource Management
Employee Staffing
Employee Training and Development
Groups and Teams
Human Resource Analytics
International Management
Ethics and Leadership
Total Rewards Management
Corporate Social Responsibility
International Study in Business
Special Topics
Internship: Management
Special Topics: Management
Customer Insights
Marketing Research
Customer Data Analytics
Advertising and Branding
Sales Management
Social Media and Mobile Marketing
Introduction to Retailing and Pricing
Strategic Marketing
Special Topics
Internship: Marketing
Special Topics: Marketing
Information Management
Data Wrangling
Special Topics
Internship: Management Information Systems
Special Topics: Management Information Systems
Special Topics
Creating and Measuring Social Impact
Nonprofit Fundraising and Development
Leading and Managing Nonprofit Organizations
Nonprofit Organizations in Context
Internship: Public Administration
Special Topics In Public Administration
Real Estate Principles
Real Estate Finance Fundamentals
Principles of Real Estate Property Management
Internship: Real Estate
Special Topics: Real Estate
Total Credits51

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

International Requirement

Select one from: 13
International Management
International Study in Business
Other classes approved by Management Department
Total Credits3
General Electives 115

Minimum GPA: 2.25 (Major; Univ of MO)

Total Credit Hours: 120

Graduation Requirements

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

  1. Completion of the degree requirements and a minimum of 120 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 HEIghten, 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. Please see the tab above to view the major map for this program.

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.

UMKC’s PlanMyDegree ‘Audit’ degree audit system provides an individual evaluation of all degree requirements (General Education, Degree Specific, Major Specific, etc.) for students' officially recorded (Office of the Registrar) and “what if” exploratory plans of study.  This evaluation is used to certify all graduation requirements.

UMKC’s PlanMyDegree ‘Plans’ degree planning tool enables students to develop a personalized semester by semester plan of study towards completion of degree requirements for student’s officially recorded (Office of the Registrar) and “what if” exploratory plans of study. Update and edit your full plan to degree completion each term and confirm accuracy each semester with your Academic Advisor(s).