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Bachelor of Science in Accounting – Public Online

Advance your career and prepare to pass the CPA exam

12/17/21 Next Application Due Date
01/12/22 Next Class Start Date

Overview

Why Our 100% Online B.S. in Accounting – Public Stands Out


Become an asset to any organization with the analytical, technical and practical accounting skills you will develop in the Bachelor of Science in Accounting – Public online from Northwest Missouri State University. This 100% online program is designed to provide you with a complete understanding of accounting while successfully preparing you for the CPA exam. The pass rate on the CPA exam for Northwest students is about 15% higher than the state average.

$299 Per Credit Hour
Up to 78 Transfer Credits
120 Credit Hours

Form a strong academic foundation in all areas of accounting as you learn to organize, maintain and evaluate the financial operations of an organization while you gain the expertise to provide sound financial advice and recommendations. Advance your knowledge of federal income tax compliance and planning for individuals and small business as well as recording and controlling of assets and liabilities. You will increase your awareness and understanding of the legal environment of business as you study the principles of business law including secured transactions, partnerships and bankruptcy.

In addition to traditional lectures, this program includes hands-on interaction and application so you can gain a better understanding of key concepts. Projects and case studies also put your knowledge to practical use.

Our experiential learning format prepares you with the relevant knowledge and skills to effectively contribute to the workforce upon graduating. The undergraduate-level curriculum goes beyond theory and encourages you to think critically and act decisively. Plus, the profession-based learning aspect of the curriculum, influenced by the Professional Advisory Board at Northwest, allows you to apply your studies to real-life contexts. The Board, composed of industry professionals, meet annually to discuss the job market, workforce skills gaps and needs and provide information to Northwest faculty, so they may incorporate it in their course learning outcomes.

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Northwest Missouri State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. HLC accredits degree-granting, post-secondary educational institutions in the North Central region of the United States. For more information, contact the Higher Learning Commission by mail at 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, Illinois 60604-1411, by phone at 800-621-7440 or via email at [email protected].

Graduates of this online program will:

  • Understand accounting systems, system design and the organization of accounting data
  • Examine federal income tax compliance and planning for individuals and small businesses
  • Be prepared to sit for the CPA exam

Career opportunities include:

  • Financial Manager
  • Internal Auditor
  • Audit Manager
  • Audit Associate/Auditor
  • Accounting Associate
  • Tax Accountant
  • Tax Manager
  • Tax Analyst/Specialist

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Tuition and Fees

Northwest Makes Online Degrees Cost Effective

Our B.S. in Accounting – Public online program offers affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition, which is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. There is a $30.00 per course fee.

$299 Per Credit Hour

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Program Per Credit Hour Per Course
B.S. in Accounting – Public Accounting $299 $897*

Important Refund Information

2nd day of class Last date for 100% refund for dropped course
4th day of class Last date for 75% refund for dropped course
6th day of class Last date for 50% refund for dropped course
8th day of class Last date for 25% refund for dropped course

Required Fees:

Required fee per course: $30

*Tuition and fees are subject to change. Current amounts are based on 2020-21 tuition rates. Textbooks and laptops are not included with tuition. A one-time fee of $20.50 will be charged for remote proctoring of required Assessment of Core Proficiencies.

Northwest Missouri State University is #10 among the "2020 Best Online Colleges in Missouri" by OnlineU.

Calendar

Note These Important Dates

Northwest online programs are delivered in an accelerated format ideal for working students, conveniently featuring multiple start dates each year.

12/17/21 Next Application Deadline
01/12/22 Start Classes

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Term Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Due Last Class Day
Fall 1 08/18/21 07/29/21 08/04/21 08/11/21 08/13/21 10/08/21
Fall 2 10/18/21 09/28/21 10/04/21 10/11/21 10/13/21 12/10/21
Spring 1 01/12/22 12/17/21 01/04/22 01/05/22 01/07/22 03/04/22
Spring 2 03/14/22 02/22/22 02/28/22 03/08/22 03/09/22 04/29/22
Summer 1 05/10/22 04/20/22 04/26/22 05/03/22 05/05/22 06/24/22
Summer 2 06/27/22 06/07/22 06/13/22 06/20/22 06/22/22 08/12/22

Ready to take the next step toward earning your degree online from Northwest?

Admissions

Requirements for Your Online Public Accounting Degree

At Northwest, we've streamlined the admission process to help you get started quickly and easily. Please read the requirements for the B.S. in Accounting – Public online, including what additional materials you need and where you should send them. The requirements include:

GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale
Official transcripts from all institutions attended

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To apply for this program, you must meet the requirements for one of the sections listed below.

Transfer Criteria

  • Students with 24 or more transferrable credit hours:
    • A minimum 2.0 cumulative transfer GPA (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Students with less than 24 transferrable credit hours:
    • Follow freshman admission requirements and have a minimum 2.0 cumulative transfer GPA (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Transfer students from non-regionally accredited institutions will also be considered a freshman; credit cannot be transferred into Northwest from a non-regionally accredited institution

Returning Students (previously enrolled as degree-seeking at Northwest)

  • A minimum 2.0 cumulative transfer GPA in any coursework completed since last being at Northwest (on 4.0 scale)
  • A probation essay (if returning after being suspended or put on probation) explaining previous time at Northwest, what they've been doing since and how they plan to be successful when they return

Freshman Criteria (Adult - 24+ years old):

  • High school transcript showing graduation date or completion of GED/HiSET
  • Essay
  • ACT/SAT test scores optional; can be submitted for scholarship/placement purposes if available

Freshman Criteria (for non-adult freshmen and transfers with less than 24 transferrable hours):

  • Category I:
    • 21 or higher ACT composite (or the SAT equivalent: SAT-980 or 1060*)
    • A minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA (weighted or unweighted) or above (on 4.0 scale)

*Per 2016 SAT redesign.

  • Category II:
    • Have an admissions index score (see here) that equals or exceeds 100 points
    • A minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA (weighted or unweighted) or above (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Category III:
    • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA (weighted or unweighted) or above (on a 4.0 scale)
    • Complete high school college-preparatory curriculum
    • Students who have completed the GED or HiSET are eligible with a minimum score of 660 on the GED or a minimum score of 75 on the HiSET
    • This category is not an option for home-schooled or unaccredited high school graduates unless they have also completed the GED or HiSET

Home-Schooled Students

Applicants must have their ACT or SAT results submitted directly from ACT or College Board. A transcript listing of high school courses and grades in each course is also required for admission.

  • 21 or higher on the ACT (or SAT equivalent), OR
  • GED score of 660 or higher, OR
  • HiSET score of 75 or higher

GED Applicants/HiSET Applicants

A student may be considered for admission after receiving an equivalency certification, meeting the following criteria:

  • GED score of 660 or higher, OR
  • HiSET score of 75 or higher

Official transcripts can be emailed to [email protected]. To submit official documents by mail, send them to:

Office of Admissions
Northwest Missouri State University
800 University Drive
Maryville, MO 64468-6001

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Courses

A Look at the Topics You’ll Study in Your Online Public Accounting Degree Program

For the B.S. in Accounting – Public online, the curriculum is comprised of 120 credit hours, including: 45 credit hours of Northwest Core (general education), 45 credit hours of common professional component courses (business foundation courses), 27 credit hours of managerial accounting emphasis courses and 3 credit hours of an elective in ACCT, FIN, MGMT or CSIS.

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Students must take 45 credit hours of general education courses to meet the degree plan requirements.

Students must take 45 credit hours of required courses to meet the degree plan requirements.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An introductory course in the principles and theory of cost accounting, with an emphasis on managerial decision support. The focus is on deriving accounting information from various costing systems, and preparation, interpretation, and analysis of various reports, including use of spreadsheets.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A study of Federal income tax compliance and planning for partnerships, corporations, S corporations, estates and trusts.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An in-depth study of accounting procedures followed in the recording and controlling of assets and liabilities.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A continuation of Intermediate Accounting I. Topics covered include investments, liabilities, income taxes, pensions, leases, contributed capital and the statement of cash flows.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This is a course designed to give students a basic understanding of accounting systems, systems design and the organization of accounting data.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A course in cost identification, reporting, forecasting, interpretation, and management of costs. Emphasis is on how costs and revenues are allocated to multiple products and services. Also includes an exposure to ethical considerations in relevant cost decisions. Various decision-making tools will be covered.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Have a basic understanding of the preparation of managerial accounting information
  • Have a basic understanding of the use of accounting information in management decision making
  • Have a basic understanding of various decision-making tools used in the planning and control functions
  • Have a basic understanding of ethical and accounting issues involved in providing data for management
  • Be better prepared to succeed on the professional certification exams: CPA and CMA

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Provides a study of consolidated financial statements, and international accounting.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

A study of generally accepted auditing standards and procedures.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An in-depth study of financial theory and practices including such topics as capital structure, dividend policy, capital budgeting, asset pricing and working capital management.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Apply time value of money to value future cash flows and securities
  • Apply and understand the conceptual relationship between the risk and return
  • Understand the FCF Valuation model
  • Understand the concept of corporate governance
  • Estimate a firm’s cost of capital
  • Apply the evaluation techniques of capital budgeting analysis
  • Understand the concept of dividend policy
  • Understand the different types of risks that affect business decision
  • Understand how businesses determine their optimal capital structure
  • Understand the concept of working capital management

Students must take 3 credit hours of an elective course in ACCT, FIN, MGMT or CSIS to meet the degree plan requirements.

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