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PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

The School of Accountancy offers a four-year accounting program leading to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree and a fully integrated five-year accounting program leading to the Master of Professional Accountancy (MPA) degree. The School also offers an accounting concentration for a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree and a Doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) degree. The accounting profession affords individuals a large variety of opportunities in business. Graduates are found in numerous managerial positions since their accounting background offers them upward mobility in any business environment. Accounting also continues to be a field with one of the highest demands for graduates. To meet this demand, the curriculum provides students a general knowledge of business with a focus on accounting.

Objectives for the Bachelor (BS) Degree Program:
Broad Objectives
  • Provide students with the knowledge and tools needed to obtain meaningful employment and have successful careers.
  • Prepare students for graduate school.
  • Provide the educational background for students to meet the educational requirements of various professional accounting certification examinations.
Learning Objectives
  • Provide students a general knowledge of business with a focus on accounting.
  • Enable students to improve their analytical skills.
  • Improve students' oral and written communication skills.
  • Expand student awareness of ethical issues.
  • Enhance students' technological skills.
Objectives for the Master's of Business Administration - Accounting Concentration (MBA) Degree Program:
Broad Objectives
  • Provide students with the knowledge and tools needed to obtain meaningful employment and have successful careers.
  • Prepare students for management positions.
  • Provide students with a broader knowledge of business and the environment in which companies operate.
  • Prepare students for a career in accounting.
Learning Objectives
  • Strengthen students' comprehension of accounting and business.
  • Improve students' ability to focus on appropriate issues and develop solutions to problems where needed.
  • Further refine students' oral and written communication skills.
  • Broaden students' understanding of global issues.
  • Expand students' understanding of professional and ethical issues faced by accountants.
Objectives for the Master of Professional Accountancy (MPA) Degree Program: Broad Objectives
  • Provide students with the knowledge and tools needed to obtain meaningful employment and have successful careers.
  • Prepare students for management positions.
  • Provide the educational background for students to meet the educational requirements of various accounting certification examinations.
  • Prepare students for a career in accounting.
Learning Objectives for MPA
  • Strengthen students' comprehension of accounting and business.
  • Improve students' ability to focus on appropriate issues and develop solutions to problems where needed.
  • Further refine students' oral and written communication skills.
  • Broaden students' understanding of global issues.
  • Expand students' understanding of professional and ethical issues faced by accountants.
  • Develop students' ability to critically appraise the accounting profession
Objectives for the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) Degree Program:
Broad Objectives
  • Prepare students for an academic career in accounting.
  • Provide students with necessary research tools.
  • Enhance students' understanding of the development of accounting thought.
  • Improve students' ability to appraise accounting research critically.
  • Improve students' oral and written communication skills.
Reputation and Opportunities

Tech's excellent reputation in research includes faculty publications in nationally recognized academic and professional journals. The School of Accountancy has a $1 million Chair for an eminent scholar, as well as multiple endowed professorships. Our professors are also active members of state and national accounting organizations.

A major indicator of Tech's overall quality is the success of our graduates. In accounting, our graduates have been employed customarily by "Big Four" international accounting firms, as well as regional and local CPA firms. However, many have been employed in companies such as Alltel, American Airlines, Chevron, Delta Air Lines, Deltic Timber, Dow Chemical, Murphy Oil, International Paper, IBM, Shell Oil, Lockheed, Pennzoil, Exxon Mobil Corporation, Georgia-Pacific, Phillips Petroleum, Reliant Energy, Texaco, The Shaw Group, Union Pacific, Walt Disney, Texas Instruments, and many other large corporations.

We have numerous graduates who are partners with "Big Four" and regional accounting firms, others who have succeeded in businesses of their own, and many who are presidents, controllers, or in other key executive positions.

We have also placed graduates in government careers such as the FBI, IRS, and other state and national agencies.The School of Accountancy was established by the University of Louisiana Board of Regents in 1976. The undergraduate, master's, and doctoral degree programs offered by the School are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB, International).

The School is a charter member of the Federation of Schools of Accountancy and currently holds full membership in this organization. The school is committed to excellence in teaching, research, and service for the benefit of our students, the public, and other constituencies.The traditionally strong, four-year accounting program leading to the Bachelor of Science degree is offered to those not wishing to pursue the five-year curriculum.

Students take approximately 60 semester hours of general education courses. The rest of the curriculum encompasses an in-depth study of related business and accounting courses. Students pursuing a graduate degree have the option of our well integrated, five-year MPA program or the MBA program.

A minimum acceptable grade of "C" must be earned in all 200 and 300 level accounting courses. Students may not enroll in higher level accounting courses until this minimum in previous courses has been met. Students enrolling in the accounting program will normally be allowed to schedule a maximum of two accounting courses simultaneously in a single quarter.

Transfer students electing this curriculum will be required to take at least fifteen semester hours. in accounting courses numbered 300 and above (at least 6 hours at the 400-level) at Louisiana Tech. Any student currently enrolled in the accounting program may not take an accounting course at another institution without the approval of the director.

Contact Information:

Director                                            
Dr. Andrea Drake
318.257.2822                     
adrake@latech.edu