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Accounting Major

Drury University's accounting major is the ideal program for students desiring to become either public or private accountants. The financial sector has seen a proliferation of rules and regulations in response to corporate scandals and financial crises. In addition, tougher lending standards and the globalization of business requires more demand for accountants as stricter reporting requirements will be required in the future. Drury’s accounting curriculum is designed to provide students with the necessary requirements to sit for the CPA exam as defined by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).  Please see for more information on the Uniform CPA Exam.

Student Learning/Engagement/Teaching
Individual instruction and small class sizes are vital to the success of the accounting student and the Drury University accounting program. The first time pass-rate of the CPA exam by Drury students are significantly above national averages for other four-year institutions. Computer labs, tutors, and access to instructors also contribute heavily to developing the accounting skills necessary for students to secure top tier jobs at competitive salaries.

Typical Careers for Accounting Majors
A graduate from the Drury University accounting program will be prepared to work for top public accounting firms in the nation. The accounting faculty works very closely with major accounting firms to secure internships for the students. The internship requirement of the program also allows a student to get a first-hand look at the demands of working in the public or private accounting field and to showcase his/her talents to the accounting and business world.

Where our students go
The top-tier accounting firms in the nation employ Drury accounting graduates. These firms include BKD, LLP, PwC, KPMG and other prestigious firms. Drury graduates support the local Springfield community’s needs for qualified accountants as well. Through the Drury graduate school, students are also able to meet the 150 credit hour requirement to sit for the CPA exam by obtaining both an undergraduate accounting degree and an MBA.

Course Requirements

Students pursuing the bachelor of business administration degree (BBA) with a major in accounting are required to complete the following course requirements:

Drury CORE
39-43 hours*
BBA Tool Courses
25 hours
BBA Core Courses
21 hours
Accounting Major Requirements
33 hours
2-6 hours
Total BBA hours:
124-128 hours

*Drury CORE hours have been reduced from 45-49 to 39-43 as credit hours (6-7) are included in the BBA Tool Courses hours.

BBA Tool Courses:
All students pursuing a BBA degree with a major in accounting are required to complete the following tool courses:

ACCT 209: Principles of Accounting
ACCT 210: Accounting for Management
ECON 201: Basic Economic Theory
MATH 227: Introduction to Statistics
MGMT 103: Business Foundations
MGMT 170: Computer Proficiency Exam
MGMT 204: Organizational Behavior
MGMT 228: Analytical Methods
MGMT 250: Management Information Systems

BBA Core Courses:
All students pursuing a BBA degree with a major in accounting are required to complete the following core courses:

ACCT 480: Professional Business Experience (Internship)
FINC 331: Corporate Finance
MGMT 205-208: Study Abroad
MGMT 301: Leadership & Organizations
MGMT 319: Business Law & Ethics
MGMT 424: Business Simulation Workshop
MGMT 446: Strategic Management
MKTG 337: Marketing

Major Requirements:
Students earning a BBA degree with a major in accounting must also complete the following courses for the major:

ACCT 307: Intermediate Accounting I
ACCT 308: Intermediate Accounting II
ACCT 310: Tax Service I
ACCT 321: Federal Taxation I
ACCT 322: Federal Taxation II
ACCT 355: Accounting Information and Cost Management Systems
ACCT 403: Auditing Principles and Procedures
ACCT 409: Intermediate Accounting III
ACCT 410: Tax Service II
MGMT 320: Commercial Law & Ethics

Choose one of the following:
ECON 311: Price Theory
ECON 312: Aggregate Economic Analysis

Choose one of the following:
ACCT 412: Advanced Accounting
ACCT 429: Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting

The following courses are recommended electives for further study for accounting majors:
ACCT 404: Advanced Auditing
ACCT 420: Issues in Public/Corporate Accounting

Students may find it necessary to spend more than four years at Drury University in order to complete the accounting major.

Students desiring to sit for the Uniform CPA exam in Missouri, as well as many other states, must complete 150 hours of education. Students seeking CPA exam candidacy must complete the courses outlined above for the accounting major in addition to completing elective courses to total a minimum of 150 semester hours. This program usually requires more than four years of study.

The faculty of the Breech School reserve the right to modify the above program and degree requirements at any time.