Assessing financial operations and ensuring that organizations function efficiently, accountants and auditors prepare, examine and maintain accurate financial records.

Most employers require a candidate to have a bachelor’s degree in accounting or a related field. Certification within a specific field of accounting improves job prospects. Many accountants become Certified Public Accountants (CPAs).

At Cal Lutheran, the curriculum provides a careful balance of accounting practice and theory, and consists of:

  • A solid liberal arts core
  • A carefully selected set of business-related classes
  • Intensive work in all aspects of accounting
  • Preparation for graduate studies and the CPA exam

Employment of accountants and auditors is projected to grow 13 percent from now to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. In general, employment growth of accountants and auditors is expected to be closely tied to the health of the overall economy. As the economy grows, accountants will continue to be needed to prepare and examine financial records. In 2012, the median annual wage for accountants and auditors was $63,550.*

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook,

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Program Requirements

Required credits: 76-78 credits minimum; 60 upper division credits. 2.0 minimum GPA.

Required Courses

BUS 251 (4) Principles of Accounting 
BUS 252 (4) Managerial Accounting
BUS 352A (4) Intermediate Accounting
BUS 352B (4) Intermediate Accounting
BUS 353 (4) Accounting Information Systems
BUS 367 (4) Behavior in Organizations 
BUS 374 (4) Business Law
BUS 391 (4) Principles of Finance
BUS 451 (4) Cost Accounting
BUS 452 (4) Tax I
BUS 453 (4) Auditing
BUS 454 (4) Advanced Accounting
BUS 455 (4) Ethics for the Accounting Professional
BUS 462 (4) Tax II
BUS 484 (4) Senior Seminar in Accounting
ECON 311 (4) Statistical Methods


One of the following:
ECON 200 (3) Micro-Economics and ECON 201 (3) Macro-Economics
ECON 203 (4) General Economics


One of the following:
BUS 301 (4) Communication for Managers
COMM 306 (4) Business and Professional Communication


MATH 245 (4) Applied Calculus


Choose how you want to attend class – in-person at one of our campus locations or virtually*.

Note: Some business courses may need to be completed on the Thousand Oaks campus.

* Virtual courses pending WASC approval

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