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The mission of the Accounting Department is to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully compete in tomorrow's business environment in the areas of public accounting, managerial accounting, financial services, and corporate finance.
This mission is to be accomplished through the expertise of a knowledgeable faculty, by technological integration, by the stimulation of professional growth in our students, by applied faculty and student research projects that serve our region, and by preparing our students for professional licensures in the profession of accounting.
Northwest offers two Accounting tracks, one for those who wish to become Certified Public Accountants and one for those who wish to work in private industry.
For more detailed information concerning the degrees offered by Northwest Missouri State University, please visit the Undergraduate Catalog online.
A career in accounting can prove to be both rewarding and satisfying. You will be providing a very valuable service, as well as generating vital information for many people. Accountants are well respected both in and out of the business community and are looked to for their expert advice and high level of integrity.
The profession of accounting involves much more than number crunching. It requires that accountants posses effective communication skills and the ability to interact well with others. Your ability to communicate, socialize, and get involved with your community will determine your level of success as an accountant.
You will be interested to know that Northwest Accounting alumni have advanced to positions of responsibility with a wide range of companies; from small CPA firms to the Big Four, and from small, privately owned businesses to Fortune 500 corporations. Our career services office does an outstanding job of attracting recruiters to campus to interview our students. Our faculty is also in touch with alumni and other businesspeople, who are looking for Northwest graduates to place within their organizations. These alumni have established a rich tradition of success; one from which you will be sure to benefit.
Accounting students at Northwest are not only encouraged to become knowledgeable about the profession of accounting, but are provided many opportunities to actually become involved in the profession. This is accomplished through our student organization (The Accounting Society) and through internships.
Depending on the state you live in, current legislation will make it mandatory for an individual to complete at least 150 hours of college credit in order to take the CPA exam. This essentially requires individuals wishing to take the CPA exam to go to college for a 5th year. Most states, including Missouri, have passed this legislation, known as the 150-hour requirement. This requirement was recommended by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants as a way to insure that college graduates are getting all the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in today's increasingly complex world of public accounting.
This DOES NOT mean that you must have 150 hours of college credit to obtain a degree in accounting. Many accountants choose careers outside of public accounting careers, which prove to be extremely successful, rewarding and satisfying. At Northwest, we recognize that public accounting is not for everyone, and for that reason we allow our students to tailor their classes towards their own interests by offering the private industry track as an alternative to the public accounting track. However, if a student is interested in public accounting, we also offer a program to fulfill the 150-hour requirement.