Accounting

Bachelor of Science

Accounting is the language of business.

The Accountant of today is a communicator of what data means and how it can be used to make decisions for the business enterprise. 

The Curriculum
Study accounting at all levels

Your coursework and case studies prepares you to identify real-world problems and use critical thinking skills to solve them. You'll learn how to collaborate and communicate with people at all levels of the business, both internally and externally.

Do an internship — it can lead to a job

Many accounting internships lead to full-time employment after graduation. Our students have interned at prestigious firms, such as Amgen, Ernst&Young LLP and HCVT. These internships enable Cal Lutheran's accounting students to gain relevant and hands-on professional work experience as they begin to narrow their focus to a particular career path. By sharpening your skills in the workplace, you’ll get practical experience and the opportunity to demonstrate what you can do!

Start networking early

Join Cal Lutheran’s Accounting Association — a dedicated, student-run organization that will connect you with business leaders and fellow students. You’ll meet monthly with Certified Public Accountant (CPA) firms, corporate companies, graduate schools, and CPA review courses. Expand your network now, you'll never know where that connection will lead you. 

Save time and money earning your MBA

Add further value to your degree by choosing the 4+1 Option, which gives you a head start on earning an MBA or MS in Financial Planning. Not only will you obtain the additional education credits needed for licensure but if your degree was in financial planning, you would obtain knowledge in a service that has been expanding in CPA firms.  

The Experience
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One of the most impactful classes I took in the Accounting program was Tax II - Corporate Taxes. It was an endless process of puzzles to solve and information to piece together. I carried more knowledge from that class into my field as a corporate tax accountant than any other class. The education I gained in this class even helped me prepare for the CPA exam!

LeAnn Randolph '18
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The Accounting program provided me with applicable real world problems and essential courses that will help me reach my goal of obtaining my CPA license. Upon graduation, I plan on returning to Cal Lutheran to pursue a Master of Science in Management. I am eager to join a firm where I can bring value and apply the knowledge, skills and passion I learned in the Accounting program.

Mackenzie Thomas '20
Your Future

The demand for accounting professionals continues to be strong, with employment opportunities expected to grow at a faster pace than most other professions.

Cal Lutheran's program in accounting prepares students not only for a career as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), but also for employment in private industry, nonprofit organizations, higher education, and government agencies. 

Our alumni study at:
  • California Lutheran University
  • Cal State University, Northridge
  • Boston University
  • Golden Gate University
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • Pepperdine University
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Denver
  • University of Washington
Our alumni work for:
  • Bank of America
  • CBIZ MHM LLC
  • Deloitte
  • Ernst & Young LLP
  • Habit for Humanity of Ventura County
  • Holthouse Carlin & Van Trigt (HCVT)
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • KPMG
  • Montecito Bank & Trust
  • NBC
  • Patagonia
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)
  • Semtech
  • Sony Pictures Entertainment
  • The Walt Disney Company
Career paths:
  • Accountant
  • Auditor
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Controller
  • Financial Analyst
  • Management Consultant
  • Revenue Agent, IRS
  • Tax Consultant
  • Tax Preparer/Accountant

of Cal Lutheran graduates find a job or enroll in graduate school within nine months

More Career Outcomes
Jacob Colson

The Accounting program prepared me for my professional position as a tax accountant by providing me with the baseline knowledge I needed to enter my field. Accounting is not a simple subject and the area of tax definitely stays true to that. It can be a challenging career as it is so heavily based around rules and regulations, as well as understanding how to apply those laws to different clients. The combination of hard and soft skills, such as critical and analytical thinking, problem solving and effective workplace communication, I learned in the program are what I continuously use in the professional world.

Jacob Colson ’20

Tax Staff Accountant
HCVT Westlake Village

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