We are living in the Information Age—an age in which accountants play important roles. No longer is accounting merely glorified bookkeeping. Today's accounting graduates assume positions of strategic importance in their organizations. Companies may rise or fall based on the financial decisions made by their accountants. The competence of the professional accountant is attributable not only to knowledge and experience, but also to personal qualities of perception, imagination, judgment, and integrity.
Perhaps that is why LeTourneau University's accounting graduates are normally hired months before graduation. They have the required knowledge, and they have the ethics and integrity that employers are looking for. This integrity is securely anchored in a Biblically-based approach to decision making learned throughout the LeTourneau business curriculum.
The job placement of our accounting graduates reflects a variety of career objectives. Some pursue careers with national accounting firms, while others choose regional or local accounting firms or go into private practice. Some choose accounting positions in large corporations, while others assume positions in small or family owned businesses. Others choose positions in corporate finance, banking, or tax consulting. Many sit for the CPA exam, where LeTourneau accounting graduates have a very high pass rate.
CPA candidates who wish to take the CPA exam must have earned a total of at least 150 semester hours of college credit, 30 hours of which must be in accounting courses above the principles level (BACT 2103 and BACT 2113), prior to taking the exam. These hours may be undergraduate, graduate, or a combination of the two. We recommend that students planning to take the CPA exam earn the additional hours needed by double-majoring in another area of business (such as Management, Finance, or International Business), adding a minor to the accounting major, or taking graduate hours at the masters level as part of a graduate degree program.