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Why Become an Accounting Major at McNeese?

McNeese’s Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree prepares students with the ability to understand and analyze numbers, opening the door to careers in a variety of fields, businesses, and industries, from auditing services to gaming and tourism. Through accounting classes that are focused on financial analysis, business decision-making, marketing, management, and more, students learn the best practices in procedures and systems, including improving operations, reducing costs, enhancing revenues, and increasing profits.

Become fluent in the language of business

McNeese’s Department of Business Disciplines also offers a minor in entrepreneurship, giving accounting students the opportunity to diversify their education and business experience. Through this course work, students learn how to identify, assess, and develop business ideas, leadership and marketing skills, and much more, equipping them with additional skills that employers value.

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 more reasons to make McNeese your first choice for an accounting degree:

Scholarships and financial aid:

The College of Business has a number of scholarships available to accounting majors, including the Ben Terrell Memorial, E.C. Schindler Memorial and Lake Charles Society of LA CPA scholarships. Learn more from the Office of Financial Aid.

Experienced faculty:

McNeese’s College of Business is one of just 5% of universities worldwide accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). As experienced 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:

Thanks to a strong relationship between McNeese and local public accounting and business firms, accounting majors have ample opportunities to gain hands on experience through internships. These internships provide valuable work experience that can help 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 mentors get to know students one-on-one, thanks to small class sizes with low student-to-faculty ratios at McNeese, which means faculty can provide personalized academic and career advising. Accounting majors also benefit from a number of on campus student support centers, including the Career and Student Development Center, the Mathlab Tutoring Center and the Write to Excellence 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 to become a certified CPA. Certification can help you rise above the competition for jobs in specific fields, such as public accounting.

Taxation

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 a bachelor's degree in accounting, you'll acquire skills in accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping and payroll services, and graduate ready to start your career with 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.

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

SEED Center

McNeese is the home of the Southwest Louisiana Entrepreneurial and Economic Development (SEED) Center, which works to encourage economic and small business development in Southwest Louisiana. Every spring, the Center hosts the Undergraduate Scholar and Research Symposium, which offers students the opportunity to conduct research projects under the supervision of faculty mentors.

Community Service

Accounting majors have the opportunity to get hands-on experience in their field and give back through community service through McNeese’s partnership with United Way of Southwest Louisiana. Through the VITA program, McNeese accounting majors work to provide free tax preparation assistance to low income families and senior citizens.

Community Connections

McNeese’s College of Business regularly hosts career development events on campus to connect students with local employers. Plus, with a Career and Internship Fair and an Internship Soiree held every semester, accounting students have ample opportunities to connect and network with firms and businesses in SWLA and beyond.

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Programs Related to the Bachelor’s in Accounting

Not sure if the accounting bachelor’s program is right for you? Check out these other undergraduate degree programs at McNeese, and talk about your options with a recruiter.

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Program Contact

Dr. William Jens - Department Head
337-475-5522