Business Division


The mission of the accounting department is to use personal instruction to develop accountants who have the skills to compete in a fast-changing professional environment.

A Bachelor's Degree in Accounting furnishes students with a diverse set of skills. By pursuing a degree in accounting, students will gain a broad business education and focus on several areas of accounting.

Students will become skilled in:

  • Applying general accounting principles
  • Written and oral communication
  • Utilizing quantitive concepts to solve accounting issues
  • Solving business problems with an understanding of legal principles and ethical values
  • Understanding the historical and current theoretical basis of accounting

What can I do with an accounting degree?

An accounting degree leads to many possibilities, allowing graduates to pursue a career in:

  • Public accounting
  • Management accoutning
  • Government accounting
  • Non-for-profit accounting
  • Auditing
  • Many Chief Executive Officers and Chief Financial Officers have accounting backgrounds as well.

What kind of pay might one expect with an accounting degree?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics: Median annual wages of wage and salary accountants and auditors were $59,430 in May 2008. The middle half of the occupation earned between $45,900 and $78,210. The bottom 10 percent earned less than $36,720, and the top 10 percent earned more than $102,380. Median annual wages in the industries employing the largest numbers of accountants and auditors were as follows:

Accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping, and payroll services $61,480
Management of companies and enterprises $59,820
Insurance carriers $59,550
Local government $53,660
State government $51,250

According to a salary survey conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, bachelor's degree candidates in accounting received starting offers averaging $48,993 a year in July 2009; master's degree candidates in accounting were offered $49,786 initially.

What is required of an Accounting Major or Minor at Missouri Valley College?

The Major and Minor requirements according to the 2011-2012 Missouri Valley College Catalog are:

  • Major requirements include AC 210, AC 220, EC 206, EC 216, BA 212, BA 232, BA 282, CS 119, or 3 hours of Computer Science above that level. The Accounting Major also requires AC 330, AC 340, AC 350, AC 335, AC 360, AC 400, AC 430, BA 302, BA 322, BA 324, MA 185, BA 292, BA 432, EC 355, and BA 442. Required or elective hours taken for one Business Division major, concentration, or minor cannot be used to satisfy another Business Division major, concentration, or minor. (Total 69 hours)
  • Minor requirements include AC 210, AC 220, AC 330, AC 340, AC 350, plus an elective course from any one of the following: AC 360, BA 282, BA 292, BA 302, BA 322. (Total 18 hours)

Who could one speak to for more information about accounting at Missouri Valley College?

Christina Wilson, CPA
Assistant Professor
(660) 831-4121
Email | Webpage

Tracey Hartley
(660) 831-4567