The Northwest Difference
Accounting majors at Northwest have the choice of two accounting tracks, one for students who wish to become Certified Public Accountants (CPA) and the other for students wishing to work in a private industry. The courses offer the highest quality education to prepare students for employment in public accounting, managerial accounting, financial services and corporate finance.
Depending on the state in which students reside, legislation has made it mandatory for students to complete a minimum of 150 credit hours prior to taking the CPA exam. Most states, including Missouri, have passed this legislation, known as the 150-hour requirement. At Northwest, however, students are not required to complete 150 credit hours to obtain an accounting degree.
Northwest recognizes that public accounting isn’t for all students and therefore you may tailor classes toward your own interests through the private industry track as an alternative. Many accountants have chosen careers outside public accounting (income tax, auditing and management services), which prove to be extremely successful, rewarding and satisfying. However, students interested in public accounting, you are encouraged to fulfill the 150-hour requirement.
Points of Pride
National pass rate of the CPA is 50%; Northwest student pass rate is 70%.
More than 97% of the accounting graduates have either found employment or continued their education within six months of graduation. Below is a list of job titles:
Profession-Based Learning Experiences
New Venture Pitch Competition is designed for ambitious students and aspiring entrepreneurs to present ideas to business professionals, small business owners and potential investors. Students present their ideas to judges who in the future could represent their boss or client.
Study Abroad is an opportunity for students to apply hands-on international experience to their own academic development. Faculty members supervise short-term study abroad programs that prepare students before, during and after the program. Two types of study abroad programs are available – faculty-led and traditional study abroad.
The traditional program may be a semester, summer or year-long program and is taught by Northwest’s international partner institutions. Students from the business school have recently traveled and studied in China, Africa and Eastern Europe including Hungary, Austria and Czech Republic.
The Accounting Society’s activities include guest speakers and field trips.
Financial Management Association is a student group that was established to provide an organization in which finance educators, researchers, investment analysts and financial managers can come together to share ideas and work to improve the profession.
Although internships are not required in the accounting major, they are highly encouraged to gain real-world experiences.
This photo was taken on top of The Gavilon Group's Phelps City, Mo. elevator near Rock Port, Mo. During my summer internship, I had the opportunity to go on a facility visit. I was fortunate to be able to see one of the newest, state-of-the-art grain elevators in the region. For the rest of the summer, I worked as an accounting intern in Gavilon's Kansas City office. Gavilon is an industry leading Grain Company with 144 locations nationally and internationally.
Dannen Merrill '15