LeTourneau University's accounting graduates are in high demand by public, private and non-profit entities. However, in a field with serious global opportunity, our students are about more than just numbers. They possess must-have characteristics top employers require: knowledge, ethics and integrity.
A degree in accounting will prepare students for a challenging, but rewarding career. Successful businesses are managed by quality financial information. Accountants are trained to prepare, analyze, and interpret that information. According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers, accounting is the third most sought-after bachelor's degree in the country, meaning college graduates who major in accounting are some of the most strongly recruited by employers.
LeTourneau accounting graduates work for public accounting firms, corporations, government agencies and non-profit organizations. Check out the Texas Society of CPA’s website for further information regarding a career in accounting.
All of these opportunities, combined with the foundation of faith integrated in the education process, allow LeTourneau graduates to serve society by helping preserve integrity in accounting and financial reporting.
The accounting program at LeTourneau University meets the current requirements established by the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy (TSBPA) to be eligible to take the uniform Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam. The TSBPA requires candidates to have 150 college credit hours which includes 36 hours of accounting courses with a grade of C or higher.
For complete information regarding eligibility to take the CPA exam, visit the TSBPA website.
LeTourneau is sensitive to the needs of students and parents in pursuit of a quality education. LeTourneau offers a program which allows students to complete a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Masters of Business Administration in five years. This program assists students in meeting their goal to sit for the CPA exam while expanding their knowledge and experience. View the course requirements for this program.
All LeTourneau business majors complete an internship. This opportunity provides our students with real-world application of the knowledge and skills gained in the classroom. Many of our students become full-time employees of their internship partner. Some of the organizations our students have completed internships with include Martin Midstream, Karen Jacks & Associates, Phillip Sinclair, CPA, Texas Bank and Trust, and Bowles Properties.
Ample local and global internship opportunities set LETU accounting students apart. All accounting students complete at least one internship before they graduate in order to translate their textbook know-how into proven experience. To help establish strong careers for their students from the start, the LETU accounting faculty provides connections with numerous businesses and opportunities across Texas.
Our students are concerned about the world they live in and seek opportunities to serve where God has placed them. Some of the service projects our students have participated in include the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program provided through the Greater Longview United Way.
In 2012, this organization assisted citizens of Longview in receiving $778,566 in tax returns. LeTourneau students volunteered over 221 hours, which represents more than 30% of the total volunteer hours for VITA for the 2012 tax return year.
Also, the East Texas Literacy Council hosts an annual “Scrabble With Friends” event and silent auction benefitting individuals seeking to learn reading skills and individuals completing or continuing their education. The LeTourneau students serve as scorekeepers at this event each year.
LeTourneau has opportunities for students to participate in organizations that assist students in acquiring and building leadership skills for the mission God has for them. The opportunities at LeTourneau include the Professional Accounting Society (PAS). This organization includes majors from many disciplines, beyond accounting. Students learn to work collaboratively with students from other disciplines and majors to acquire common goals.
Students also work with Rotaract, a service organization in connection with Rotary International and the Longview Rotary Club. Through their work with Rotoract, LETU students learn “Service Above Self." Rotaract provides students the ability to serve their world locally and internationally by meeting needs of people. Rotary International has more than 34,000 clubs with 1.2 million members worldwide. For more information visit Rotary International.