Accounting C.S.

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Zsantee Tapley

Accounting C.S.

Department: Business Administration – Accounting

Total Credit Hours: 16 credits

A Certificate of Specialization in Accounting targets people already in the workforce, seeking to improve skills or wanting to obtain new skills. The specialized certificate requires 16 credit hours, no general education credits and consists of five classes.

What Is Business Administration – Accounting?

This certificate program prepares students to provide support to professional accountants and other financial management personnel. This program includes instruction in posting transactions to accounts, record-keeping systems, accounting software operation and general accounting principles and practices.

Occupation Overview

Individuals working in accounting will aid in the preparation and examination of financial records to ensure financial records are accurate and that taxes are paid properly and on time.

Occupational Outlook

Depending on job experience and additional education, positions that have a bright outlook in the accounting field include, accounting clerk, bookkeeper, budget accountant, business service specialist, certified public accountant (CPA) and finance manager. These positions are projected to experience rapid increases in employment with large numbers of job openings over the next several years or are new and emerging occupations in high growth industries.

Salary Outlook

In the state of Missouri, people well established in bookkeeping, accounting and auditing clerk positions earn a mean average of $35,100 per year. New account clerks earn a mean average of $29,400 per year.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, earnings increase significantly as a worker’s degree of education rises.

Business Administration Careers– Accounting

Graduates with an accounting Certificate of Specialization (C.S.) are employed in a broad range of careers including, but not limited to: accounting clerk, bookkeeper, brokerage clerk, county or city auditor, payroll and timekeeping clerk and tax preparer.

Required Courses

Subject Course Title Credits
General Education Requirements (0 credits)
Core Course Requirements (10 credits)
ACT 101 Applied Accounting** 3
ACT 110 Financial Accounting 4
ACT 115 Computerized Accounting 3
Electives (6 credits) - Pick two
Any ACT 3
Any BUS 3
Any ECO 3
Total Required Hours: 16 credits

** If the student has an accounting background or experience, ACT 101 can be waived

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Zsantee Tapley

Zsantee Tapley

"In the past, I had to teach myself how to do my job. Now that I have an education, there is more certainty in what I'm doing. I worked really hard for this, and I deserve it."

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