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Accounting Bachelor’s Degree Program Highlights

Technology and globalization are changing the role of the accountant. Learn the latest trends in the Bachelor of Science degree in accounting program at McNeese State University. The Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics offers a well-rounded academic experience, with a solid foundation of knowledge in general education, business, finance and accounting, as well as course work in specialty accounting fields such as managerial, financial, tax and audit. You can also add to the value of an accounting bachelor’s degree by minoring in entrepreneurship.

Become fluent in the language of business

If you can understand and analyze numbers from an accounting standpoint, you can work in almost any business or industry, from accounting and auditing services to gaming and tourism. A degree in accounting becomes more valuable as the U.S. and global economies grow and the need for professionals who can prepare and examine financial records and tax documents increases. Experienced with best practices in accounting procedures and systems, accountants play an important role in improving operations, reducing costs, enhancing revenues and increasing profits.

At a Glance

Degree Type: Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Program Length: 4 years (120 credit hours)

Availability: in person

Program overview

Explore More for Accounting Majors

Here are just a few reasons to make McNeese your first choice for an accounting degree.

Burton Business Center:

Practice using professional software and tools, such as VITA accounting software, SAAS, Microsoft Office and cloud computing.

Experienced faculty:

From CPAs to CFOs, program faculty share their passion and expertise with undergraduate students, enriching course work and creating additional learning and networking opportunities outside the classroom.

Applied learning:

Gain practical experience with public accounting or business firms in the Lake Area, such as McElroy, Quirk and Burch; Stine Financial Group; Gates and Company; The Cating Accounting Firm; and Gragson, Casiday & Guillory. Or, complete an internship closer to home over the summer. Internships provide valuable work experience that helps you qualify for professional certification and provides first-hand knowledge of what to expect as a professional accountant, from fiscal year budgeting to tax season.

Excellence with a personal touch:

Faculty offer open office hours every week, plus appointments during advising periods, to help accounting majors schedule classes, prepare for tests and explore career pathways. For additional support, you may also be referred to the Counseling Center or Career and Student Development Center.

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Accounting Bachelor’s Degree Program Concentrations

Professional Accountancy and Exam Preparation

If you’re interested in the specialized field of accountancy, this concentration provides specific courses that help you prepare for the CPA exam and other accounting-related professional exams that you need to pass for professional certification. Certification can help you rise above the competition for jobs with accounting degrees, because it demonstrates competence in a specific field, such as public accounting.


If you’re interested in personal and business taxations, this concentration exposes you to the diverse possibilities of careers as a finance professional in tax service.

Careers and Opportunities

What Can You Do With an Accounting Degree?

With skills in accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping and payroll services, you can work for professional accounting services firms or accounting departments within industry, business or government. Some accountants specialize in assurance services or risk management while others specialize in specific industries such as health care. The median annual wage for accountants and auditors was nearly $70,000 in May 2017, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Graduate Schools or Programs

  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Accounting

Potential Job Titles or Employers

  • Financial Planner
  • Forensic Accountant
  • Internal, External or Information Technology Auditors
  • Management Consultant
  • Public, Management or Government Accountant

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Business Day

Each fall, the College of Business hosts an open house for current undergraduate students who are non-business majors at McNeese. Network with local businesspeople in the community for mentorship and job opportunities.

Student Activities

Tour local businesses, such as casinos and the port of Lake Charles, to learn about the community and hear from successful people in business. Volunteer with VITA as a tax preparer and earn credit toward your accounting degree. Join AICPA and listen to guest speakers provide tips on the CPA exam and how to build a successful career in public accounting.

AACSB Accreditation

The accounting major at McNeese State University is housed in the College of Business. The COB is among just 5% of business schools in the world to be accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International.

Additional Information

The McNeese College of Business offers outstanding internship opportunities at the local, state, national and even international levels. Internships provide you with a career-related experience prior to graduation, an opportunity to network and build professional references for the future, and serve as a springboard into full-time employment opportunities. Interns earn academic credit toward a degree while developing skills and knowledge that provide a competitive advantage in the job market.

For more information contact:

Morgan Turpin
(337) 475-5554


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Program Contact

Dr. William Jens - Department Head