program is designed to prepare you for professional certification exams.
The department has responded to suggestions from employers and alumni to
strengthen each of its two majors to include more “information technology”
and “communications skills.” Both the traditional Accounting major and the
newer Accounting & Information Assurance major better prepare students by
requiring more presentation opportunities, analysis and decision-making in
teams, as well as exposure to current technology trends.
is designed to help prepare you for certification exams like the CPA
(Certified Public Accountant) and CMA (Certified Management Accountant). A
unique requirement of the CPA Exam is to have 150 hours of college credit
(including the appropriate accounting and business classes). Nearly all of
our graduates achieve this in 4 years at SBU due to the careful planning we
do for them before they start college.
The SBU Advantage
With about 10 majors per class, we develop very close
relationships with motivated students to help guide them to success. The
small class sizes (usually 8-10 in the upper-level major classes) let us use
special types of instruction that aren’t possible at bigger schools (more
student presentations, oral exams so students can improve communication
skills and learn to “think on their feet,” one-on-one teaching
Since the computer-based CPA Exam was introduced in
2004, SBU Accounting graduates have passed exam parts at a cumulative 58%
rate versus a 46% national average. About 50% of SBU Accounting graduates
are CPAs today, and almost one-third of our graduates do not attempt the
SBU Accounting Alumni stay connected with the department. They
have created the SBU Accounting Alumni Scholarship, share experiences with
our students via club meetings, lead a mentoring program, and provide help
in finding jobs for our graduates.
SBU Accounting majors regularly
score the highest among SBU College of Business & Computer Science (COBACS)
students on the annual Major Field Assessment Test (MFAT). COBACS students
as a whole consistently earn very high scores (98th percentile most
recently), and SBU Accounting majors had 3 of the top 4 scores and 6 of the
Most of SBU Accounting students combine the Accounting
major with another major (like Economics/Finance) or minor to reach the 150
hours required to sit for the CPA Exam. The Accounting & Information
Assurance major will accumulate 150 hours on its own.
PDFs that show typical four-year plans for accounting majors to complete 150
hours in 4 years:
Accounting Club and the student chapter of Institute of
Management Accountants (IMA)
All SBU Accounting majors are encouraged to
participate in Accounting Club and IMA. They may also join the national IMA
organization to receive additional benefits.
Hosting, with help from SBU Accounting alumni, an
annual “Interview Blitz” to help students, including freshmen, improve their
Taking a field trip each Fall Semester to a smaller
CPA firm in Springfield, MO so students can learn first-hand about the many
valuable services such firms provide.
Visiting BKD, CPAs, the 10th
largest CPA firm in the U.S., each spring semester (followed by
Steak-n-Shake and baseball or bowling). BKD’s headquarters is in
Springfield, and each of the visits helps students better understand their
future opportunities and helps strengthen their “networking skills.”
Bringing SBU Accounting Alumni and other accounting professionals to campus
to share real-life experiences.
Creating fellowship opportunities so
young freshmen and sophomores can learn from veteran junior and senior SBU
Student Honors and Recognitions
SBU Accounting majors frequently are
recognized regionally and nationally by accounting-related organizations. Read more
Scholarships for SBU Accounting Freshmen
SBU Accounting Alumni have funded a scholarship
specifically designed to attract quality Accounting majors to SBU. The
scholarship is available to incoming freshman Accounting majors at SBU for
their initial academic year at SBU. Primary consideration will be given to
applicants based on the following criteria:
Expressly declaring a
major in Accounting or Accounting & Information Assurance at SBU
ACT score (or equivalent SAT score) of 25 or above, and
written responses to appropriate questions about Accounting-related topics.
Current SBU Accounting freshmen honored with this scholarship:
Kelli McNabb, Clever, MO
Maura Sturguess, Chillicothe, MO
Morgan, Granite City, IL
Matt Randolph, Lebanon, MO
Preston Tate, Fair
Rebecca Brandon, Alton, MO
This scholarship is
only for the student’s freshman year; for other years, students are
encouraged to apply for COBACS Private Scholarships available to returning
Prospective applicants may contact B. Wayne Clark,
Accounting Department Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (417) 328-1951 for more
Internships are not required in SBU
Accounting, but are strongly recommended. Internships offer experience
working in a financial office environment, interacting with various staff,
and being responsible to co-workers.
Faculty and alumni are great
resources in helping students find internships. Students also are encouraged
to “stay in touch” with their local community (family, friends) so they
might assist in identifying opportunities. Nearly all accounting internships
are “paid,” except for the program with the Bolivar School District for
SBU Accounting majors interned at these
organizations in the last several years:
1. The Heritage Foundation,
2. Leggett & Platt, Carthage, MO
Corporation, Kansas City, MO
4. Missouri State Auditors Office, Jefferson
5. Elliott, Robinson & Company, CPAs, Springfield, MO
Abacus, CPAs & Advisors, Springfield, MO
7. The Whitlock Company, CPAs,
8. Davis, Lynn & Moots, CPAs, Springfield, MO
Associated Electric Cooperative Inc, Springfield, MO
headquarters, Bentonville, AR
11. H&R Block, Bolivar, MO
School District, Bolivar, MO
13. Accenture (Duck Creek Technologies),
Accounting graduates are in high demand. Since 2002,
all SBU Accounting graduates except 8 had employment in the accounting field
within three months of graduation (most before graduation). Just 5 students
went on to graduate school. Accounting is certainly a field that provides a
great opportunity for a job with only a bachelor’s degree.
SBU Accounting Alumni Involvement
Our alumni willingly serve to assist our students and enhance our
program in the following ways:
Advisory board: The accounting and
business administration advisory board for the College of Business and
Computer Science meets annually during Homecoming to help our programs focus
on important elements that employers want to see in our graduates. The
annual “Interview Blitz,” our new Accounting & Information Assurance major,
and new class focusing on using technology in accounting are partly based on
input from this advisory group.
Mentoring program: Several SBU
Accounting Alumni have agreed to participate in a mentoring program that
connects accounting majors interested in accounting/financial careers with
SBU alums who remember the value and uniqueness of the “SBU experience” and
who have succeeded in the “real” business world.
students: SBU Accounting Alumni frequently speak to our student
organizations to share about their careers and how to be servant leaders in
the workplace. Alumni also help our majors improve their interviewing and
“meet and greet” skills through our annual “Accounting Interview Blitz.”
Financial support: SBU Accounting Alumni have provided most of the funding
for the SBU Accounting Alumni Scholarship dedicated to attracting
top-quality students to SBU Accounting.
SBU Accounting Events
SBU Accounting is busy each Fall and Spring semester focusing on ways to
help students learn about career opportunities, improve their communication
skills, and fellowship with other students in our program. Read a
typical schedule of events.
An introduction to the concepts and principles underlying
accounting and financial information as used in operating a
business. Basic fundamentals of financial accounting from both a
preparer’s and a user’s perspective will be presented. The impact of
business events on an entity’s financial position will be emphasized
through an understanding of an organization’s operating, investing,
and financial activities.
A study of managerial accounting that focuses on the role of
accounting in the improvement of management practices and pays
specific attention to: cost accumulation, cost behavior, accounting
analysis, budgeting, management decision-making and control,
time-value-of-money and capital budgeting.
A general introduction to the uses of communication in the
business world today. Four major sections include basic language
usage; communication foundations and writing principles; business
letters, memos and emails; and problem analysis and report writing.
An introduction to business statistics. Students will calculate
and interpret measures of center and dispersion. Normal, binomial,
Chi-square, F, t, and Poisson distributions, elementary probability,
sampling techniques, hypothesis testing, confidence intervals,
linear correlation, simple and multiple regression, contingency
tables and computer applications are also covered.
Ethical, social and legal issues in business environment. The
development and resolution of contemporary issues found in the
business environment. Emphasis on the perspective and systematic
approach to the law to such issues. Topical areas: legal history,
reasoning, procedure; environmental, administrative, criminal and
tort law; law of contracts, law of sales.
This course examines the issues and challenges involved in the
management and implementation of information systems. It includes a
foundational understanding of information technology, an overview of
the correlation between business and information systems, and the
challenges associated with the integration of multiple applications
across a variety of platforms.
Study of the principles of financing short-term and long-term
capital needs of business firms in keeping with an objective of
maximizing the firm's value to its shareholders, i.e., stock price.
Special attention given to Capital Asset Pricing Model, the various
capital budget theories and computer applications.
A senior-level course that equips the graduating student with
the life skills and information necessary for making the transition
from college to the professional world. Emphases will be placed on
career development, etiquette, and personal financial planning.
Particular attention will be given to the role of personal and
professional ethics from a Christian worldview.
The study of the process of management, which is the
coordination of all the resources of organizations in order to
achieve organizational objectives. The management process will be
described, analyzed and applied to all types of organizations,
indicating the universality of management.
An introduction to operations management, which is the design,
operation and improvement of the processes that transform inputs
into finished goods and services so as to meet the goals of both
manufacturing and service organizations. Students learn how to apply
the basic analytical models to operations decisions involving
planning, scheduling and controlling product and service facilities,
product and service design, processes, cost, quality, quantity
assurance, production, capacity, inventory management, just-in-time
production, supply chain management, project management and
Examine the cooperation that must exist across various
functional areas of the business to effectively scan the environment
and formulate, implement, evaluate and control corporate objectives,
strategies, and policies in order to positively influence the
long-term performance of the organization. A business simulation
program will be extensively utilized to reinforce the objectives of
the course. This course is the capstone requirement for majors in
computer information science and all majors from the Departments of
Accounting and Business Administration.
The study of the system of activities that constitute marketing
with emphasis on the principles, policies and strategies utilized to
identify and satisfy the needs and wants of consumers. The universal
application of marketing management in all forms or organizations is
Emphasizes cost accumulation by specific order, process, and
overhead cost methods as managerial tools in planning, monitoring,
and controlling organization activities. Additional focus is on the
improvement of management practices through understanding the
behavior of costs, budgeting, and accounting analysis.
Comprehensive study of current accounting principles and their
application to the measurement and the reporting of assets and
liabilities with emphasis on their effect on income and expense
recognition. The concept of time-value-of-money as it relates to
accounting is introduced.
Continuation of ACC 3024 with emphasis on the liability and
the stockholders' equity sections of the balance sheet. Includes a
study of financial statement analysis, the cash flow statement,
and specific accounting issues such as investments, revenue
recognition, income tax accounting, pensions/post-retirement
benefits, leases, accounting changes and errors, earnings per
share and segment reporting.
Study of manual and computerized accounting information
systems, business processes and their documentation, and the
resulting transaction cycles to process accounting information of
businesses and organizations. The course will emphasize the
identification of risks in the accounting information system and
the development and documentation of proper internal controls for
the system in order to mitigate and control identified risks.
Continuation of ACC 3063. Course deals with federal tax laws
as they pertain to partnerships, corporations, gifts, estates and
trusts. Special emphasis on research of tax treatment and tax
planning of capital changes, securities, foreign income and
specially taxed entities.
A study of data organization, management, and analysis as they
relate to accounting systems. This class focuses on basic forensic
accounting principles, the use of software applications such as
Excel, ACL, and other G/L software to facilitate and improve
financial and managerial accounting systems, and the use of the
information therein to assist the organization in achieving its
Study of the accounting principles applicable to federal,
state and local government units and other not-for-profit
organizations; emphasis on the use of funds in recording and
analyzing unit operations.
Legal alternatives in the structuring of the business
enterprise and its relationships with employees. The rules of law
governing financial transactions in today's business and personal
affairs. Topical areas: agency, partnerships, corporation,
personal property, real property, bailments, intellectual property
rights, commercial paper, secured transactions and bankruptcy.
This course introduces the concepts of computer programming and problem solving and
the associated ideas of algorithms and data structures. It is designed to provide the serious
computer science student with basic skills and a solid foundation for further study.
Includes an introduction to the Java programming language. Three lectures, one lab per week.
Study of the phases a system project using current design tools and techniques.
Includes an introduction and overview of several development methodologies with in depth study
of one development methodology.
This course provides an overarching model for information assurance for businesses, government agencies,
and other enterprises needing to establish a comprehensive plan. All the components of security and how they
relate are featured. Students will be guided through the construction of an effective security policy.
Topics include asset identification, human factors, compliance with regulations, personnel security, risk assessment
and ethical considerations are covered, as well as computer and network security tools and methods.
This course provides the student a thorough background in the principles and practices employed in the field of
digital forensics. The course provides students with a working foundation of the types of computer and electronic crimes
being committed today, and identifies techniques used by offenders to compromise computer systems as well as vulnerabilities
of computer and electronic systems. Practical applications of theory and academic study are included in outside of class
An analysis of the criminal justice system in the United States. An examination of crime and nature of law, aspects of
criminal law and procedure, the courts and adjudication, the process of justice, and law enforcement.