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.
Each major 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.
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.
Download these 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.
Accounting Club activities include:
SBU Accounting majors frequently are recognized regionally and nationally by accounting-related organizations. Read more
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:
Current SBU Accounting freshmen honored with this scholarship:
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 students.
Prospective applicants may contact B. Wayne Clark, Accounting Department Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (417) 328-1951 for more information.
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 sophomore-level majors.
SBU Accounting majors interned at these
organizations in the last several years:
1. The Heritage Foundation, Washington, D.C.
2. Leggett & Platt, Carthage, MO
3. Cerner Corporation, Kansas City, MO
4. Missouri State Auditors Office, Jefferson City, MO
5. Elliott, Robinson & Company, CPAs, Springfield, MO
6. Abacus, CPAs & Advisors, Springfield, MO
7. The Whitlock Company, CPAs, Springfield, MO
8. Davis, Lynn & Moots, CPAs, Springfield, MO
9. Associated Electric Cooperative Inc, Springfield, MO
10. Wal-Mart headquarters, Bentonville, AR
11. H&R Block, Bolivar, MO
12. Bolivar School District, Bolivar, MO
13. Accenture (Duck Creek Technologies), Bolivar, MO
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.
Our alumni willingly serve to assist our students and enhance our program in the following ways:
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.