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. This ACBSP-accredited program prepares students for careers in accounting forms or corporate accounting functions.

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!

Your ideal plan

From your first day, you’ll be on track towards graduation with a yearly plan. You won’t have to worry about what classes to take—we’ll help you create the perfect schedule! Sample a 4 Year Plan (PDF).

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.

Steven Dorfman Scholarship

Covering 75% to 100% of tuition, the Steven Dorfman Scholarship is awarded to first-year applicants for admission who are selected through our Honors Day program.

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The Experience

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

The accounting courses provided me with a well-rounded knowledge that guaranteed success within my field. Managerial Accounting taught me how to work efficiently, which is necessary in accounting’s fast-paced work environment. In my Communication for Managers course, I learned how to professionally communicate in a business setting whether it was through email, proposals, or public speaking.

Megan Wilson '19

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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
  • 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

I am joining Deloitte & Touche’s Audit group in the Los Angeles area and excited to be a part of the Audit and Accounting profession! Building connections early on at CLU through the Accounting Association and my fellow students and professors, created this wonderful opportunity and enables me to enter the professional field with confidence. A dream of mine is to work abroad and I believe through hard work and perseverance in the auditing profession and mastery of foreign languages, I can one day achieve this goal with Deloitte’s assistance.

Christine Weyers '20
Accounting Major
Audit Assistant, Deloitte & Touche, Los Angeles

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