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TLU Adds First Master's Program in University's History

7/18/2012
SEGUIN, Texas – July 10, 2012 –Texas Lutheran University (TLU) today announced the addition of its new master’s of accountancy program. The first master’s program in TLU history offers an advanced degree as part of a five-year program. With support from the Board of Regents, faculty, and the Southern Association of Colleges and School, TLU is excited to offer this opportunity for students.
 
Every year, local, regional, and international firms, including the “Big Four” accounting firms of PwC, Ernst & Young, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, and KPMG, interview TLU students. From 2004 to 2010, 96 percent of student interns received job offers from their employers. While this is unusual for a school of TLU’s size, it shows the quality of our accounting graduates and the need for a master’s program, said Melanie Thompson, associate professor of business administration and economics.
 
We already had a high quality, five-year program and we knew the master’s program would give students a competitive edge in the job field,” said Thompson. “We wanted to provide our students with the same opportunities other universities were giving in accounting programs.
 
The mission of this new program is to prepare students for successful accounting careers and to pass the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam. Students who complete the program will meet the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy requirements to sit for the CPA exam. Undergraduate students completing their bachelor’s of business administration (B.B.A.) as well as those who already hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university are eligible to enter the program. Applicants who already have a bachelor’s degree not equivalent to a B.B.A. in accounting must take additional courses.
 
The CPA credentials partnered with the master’s degree will provide advantages to TLU graduates entering the job market.
           
Senior accounting major Cassy Gonzales said she never imagined when she began classes in Fall 2008 she would be walking away with both a bachelor’s and master’s degree.
 
“Little did I know I would have the opportunity to earn a bachelor's and master's degree in the same time frame, and have it cost the same amount if I would have only obtained my bachelor’s,” said Gonzales. “I’m ecstatic to know that I will have a master's degree under my belt when I leave TLU.”
 
 
About TLU
Founded in 1891, Texas Lutheran is an undergraduate university of the liberal arts, sciences and professional studies located in Seguin. For more information about TLU’s business programs, visit the university’s website at www.tlu.edu/businessecon.
 
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