Accounting

As part of the accredited Business Administration and Economics department, the MAcy program prepares graduates to take the CPA exam and meets all the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy (TSBPA) requirements.

The Master of Accountancy degree is attainable through two paths, concurrently with a bachelor's degree or directly after graduating with a relevant business administration or accounting degree. The Accounting Program prepares students for successful accounting and to pass the Certified Public Accountancy exam.

Students seeking a degree in accounting can pursue the Bachelor of Business Administration degree (B.B.A.) with a professional specialization in accounting.

Professional Program with Concurrent Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees 

In this program, both the B.B.A. and the MAcy are granted simultaneously at the completion of the program, which takes approximately five years. 

Master of Accountancy Degree Requirements 

Students must complete the requirements listed for the B.B.A degree in business administration (professional specialization in accounting). In addition, students must also take the following graduate courses: Advanced Accounting (ACCT 533), Accounting Theory & Research (ACCT 536), Contemporary Accounting Topics (ACCT 537), Advanced Financial Reporting (ACCT 538), 18 additional graduate hours (12 hours of which must be in accounting (ACCT) and 6 hours may be in business, economics or accounting). 

Direct Admission to MAcy Program 

Applicants who already hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university (SACS or the equivalent) may apply for admission to the MAcy program. If the applicant’s bachelor’s degree is not equivalent to a B.B.A. in accounting, the applicant must complete certain additional courses. In some circumstances, other courses may be necessary to meet CPA exam eligibility requirements. The following courses or their equivalents are required for students with undergraduate deficiencies: Principles of Accounting I and II (BUSI 231-232), Accounting Information Systems (BUSI 332), Intermediate Accounting I and II (BUSI 343-334), Individual Income Tax ( BUSI 336), Auditing Principles (BUSI 478), Business Law (BUSI 335 or 339), Principles of Marketing (BUSI 337), Principles of Management (BUSI 373), Business Finance (BUSI 377), Information Systems (ISYS 231), Principles of Economics (ECON 237), Statistics or Quantitative Methods. Students must also complete the following master’s program requirements: Advanced Accounting (ACCT 533), Accounting Theory & Research (ACCT 536), Contemporary Accounting Topics (ACCT 537), Advanced Financial Reporting (ACCT 538), 18 additional graduate hours (12 hours of which must be in accounting (ACCT) and 6 hours may be in business, economics or accounting).

Accounting Student Success

Internship Placement Rates

Since the addition of the masters' program in the fall of 2012, the majority of students enrolled in the Master of Accountancy (MAcy) program have been offered internships during the spring of their senior year. Most of the internships originate from public accounting firms, including all of the large international firms. The internship placement rates below represent all years since the MAcy program was established.

Year of Internship Internship Placement Rate
2016 100%
2015 100%
2014 100%
2013 92%

  

Job Placement Rates

After completion of an internship, based on performance, students often receive an offer of full-time employment commencing upon graduation. To date, students from the MAcy program have an outstanding job placement rate as shown below.

Year of Graduation Job Placement Rate Prior to Graduation
2016 100%
2015 100%
2014 100%

  

CPA Exam Pass Rates

The CPA exam is comprised of four separate exams, and the results are reported quarterly. The chart below contains the pass rates for TLU graduates, those from peer institutions, and the national average for the past eight quarters.

TLU Peer Group National Average
Quarter Sections Taken Sections Passed Percent Percent Percent
Qtr 4, 2015 22 9 40.91% 46.88% 47.93%
Qtr 3, 2015 21 7 33.33% 41.07%52.28%
Qtr 2, 2015 20 1155.00% 41.46% 51.56%
Qtr 1, 2015181055.56%34.88%47.51%
Qtr 3, 20141910 52.60%    38.33%52.17%
Qtr 2, 201426934.62%28.21%51.65%
Qtr 1, 201413646.15%30.77%48.47%

Accounting Faculty

Melanie Thompson

Professor

Sally Cook

Professor

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