Top 10 Christian Accounting Degree Programs 2017

According to recent studies, the area of accounting ranks as the 7th most popular major among U.S. college students. This should come as no surprise as a degree in accounting opens up a wealth of job opportunities, ranging from government work, to careers in finance or corporate management, to entrepreneurial opportunities, and more. The basic tool and language of business, jobs in accounting require a high level of technical skill combined with strong ethics. An area well suited for lovers of math and individuals with high moral standards, this list seeks to offer what we consider to be the best options among Christian colleges and universities for pursuing your degree in accounting.

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Biola University

Biola University is a private, coeducational, evangelical Christian institution of higher education located in La Mirada, California, and was established in 1908. Biola University began as the Bible Institute of Los Angeles (from which it derives its current name, which is an acronym of the original) and was founded by Lyman Stewart, the president of the Union Oil Company of California, as well as by Presbyterian minister and author, Thomas C. Horton, and August B. Prichard, also a Presbyterian Minister. A nationally ranked Christian institution, Biola University strives to offer a “biblically centered education, intentional spiritual development and vocational preparation within a unique learning community where all faculty, staff and students are professing Christians.” A leader in both academic quality and innovation, Biola has ranked among the nation’s foremost Christian universities, recognized by names such as U.S. News & World Report. The University has a total enrollment figure of more than 6,000, including over 4,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Biola University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has been so since 1961. More than 40 undergraduate majors and concentrations are offered and all undergraduate students are required to take courses in General Education, Biblical Studies, and Major Coursework. Biola University offers two accounting degree programs – the Bachelor of Science in Accountancy and the Master of Professional Accountancy. The former program consists of 125 credits and is ACBSP accredited. Biola’s Master of Professional Accountancy is offered through the Crowell School of Business and consists of 33 credits which may be earned while enrolled either full- or part-time. Benefits of studying accounting at Biola include the University’s high job placement record for accounting graduates (including within the “Big Four” national accounting firms), due in part to the University’s reputation of producing trustworthy and skilled workers.

  •         Accountancy, B.S.
  •         Master of Professional Accountancy

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Whitworth University

Whitworth University, a private, residential Christian liberal arts institution, is located in Spokane, Washington. Founded in 1883 by George F. Whitworth in affiliation with the Presbyterian Church, Whitworth University began as the Sumner Academy, and was originally located in the small town of Sumner in the (then) Washington Territory. In 1890 the school was incorporated as Whitworth College, having been renamed in honor of its founder. In 1899 the college relocated to Tacoma and in 1914 moved again, this time to its current location in Spokane. In 2006 the board of trustees voted to rename the college Whitworth University, officially adopting the name in July of 2007. Today, the University’s mission is to “provide its diverse student body an education of mind and heart, equipping its graduates to honor God, follow Christ, and serve humanity.” The University has a total enrollment figure of more than 2,600, including over 2,300 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

Whitworth University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and has been so since 1933. Whitworth University has been characterized not only by the academic excellence it offers but also the way in which it purposefully integrates both faith and learning. Whitworth offers two degree programs in the area of accounting, namely the Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting, and the Bachelor of Arts in Management & Accounting, which is a degree completion program. The former program is available through the University’s Business & Economics Department. Taught by faculty members who have both impressive academic credentials as well as professional experience, Whitworth University’s Business & Economic Department maintains connections with local, national, and global business and professional communities, providing students with valuable internship, mentoring and service-learning opportunities.

  •         Accounting, B.B.A.
  •         Management & Accounting, B.A.

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Azusa Pacific University

Located in Azusa, California, a suburb of Los Angeles, Azusa Pacific University (APU) is a private, evangelical Christian institution of higher education. Firmly rooted in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition, APU boasts an average student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1 with a total enrollment figure of nearly 10,000 students, including more than 5,800 undergraduates. Established in 1899 by a small group of Quakers and a Methodist Evangelist in Whittier, APU was the first Bible college to be founded in California and was originally called the Training School for Christian Workers. Today APU has no ties to the Society of Friends as the University holds a more evangelistic theology and is not associated with any particular denomination. After merging with three other Evangelical colleges in Southern California, APU moved to its current location in 1949.

Azusa Pacific University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has been so since 1961. A variety of undergraduate, graduate, and special programs are available through APU’s several colleges and schools which include the Leung School of Accounting, the School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences, the School of Business and Management, the School of Education, APU’s Honors College, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Music and Arts, APU’s Nursing School, Azusa Pacific Seminary, the School of Theology, and the University College (formerly the Azusa Pacific Online University and School of Adult and Professional Studies). APU offers two degree programs in the area of accounting – the Bachelor of Science in Accounting and the Master of Professional Accountancy. Available through the Leung School of Accounting, APU strives for excellence in its accounting programs, offering internships to each student and striving towards a 100% CPA exam pass rate.

  •         Accounting, B.S.
  •         Master of Professional Accountancy

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Calvin College

Calvin College is a private, Christian liberal arts institution located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Calvin College was founded in 1876 and named for the Protestant Reformer, John Calvin, who was a leader in the reformation movement of the 16th-century. The College’s historic motto is, “My heart I offer you, Lord, promptly and sincerely.” Today, Calvin College’s mission is to equip students “to think deeply, act justly, and to live wholeheartedly as Christ’s agents of renewal in the world.” Affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church of North America (CRCNA) as well as the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU), Dr. Michael K. Le Roy serves as the College’s president.  The College boasts a total enrollment figure of nearly 4,000, the vast majority of whom are undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

Calvin College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1930. The College offers a wide range of academic programs through its several departments. Two accounting-related degree programs are available, namely the Bachelor of Science in Accountancy and the Master of Accounting. The former undergraduate degree is a four-year program which includes an optional full-time Spring internship. The College’s graduate degree in accounting is designed to be completed in 9 months and consists of 10 courses (31 credit hours). All of Calvin College’s Master of Accountancy courses are taught by professors with “Big 4” public accounting firm and industry experience. Calvin College boasts the 2nd highest CPA exam pass rate in Michigan among colleges and universities (2016) as well as the 8th highest CPA exam pass rate among nearly 300 mid-sized institutions nationwide (2016) and the 34th highest CPA exam pass rate out of more than 850 institutions of all sizes nationwide (2016).

  •        Accountancy. B.S.
  •         Master of Accountancy

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Union University

Union University, a private, evangelical Christian, liberal arts institution, is located in Jackson, Tennessee. Originally established as the Jackson Male Academy, the school was founded in 1823 shortly after the western portion of the Tennessee opened for settlement. In 1925 the school, by then having adopted its current name, became officially affiliated with the Tennessee Baptist Convention. Union University’s mission is to provide students with a “Christ-centered education that promotes excellence and character development in service to Church and Society.” The University has received a number of major recognitions, including being named one of the Best Regional Universities in the South 2016 by U.S. News & World Report and named a Best Value College 2015 by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.

Union University has a total enrollment figure of more than 3,500 students, including over 2,500 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1. The University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1948. The University offers more than 100 programs of study and is comprised of several colleges and schools including the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Education and Human Studies, the McAfee School of Business, the School of Nursing, the School of Pharmacy, and the School of Theology and Missions. Two accounting programs are offered, specifically an undergraduate Accounting major and the Master of Accountancy. Offered through the McAfee School of Business, Union’s business and accounting programs are AACSB accredited – putting Union’s programs in the top five percent among business schools. The advantages of studying accounting at Union University include the school’s strong internship program available to all business majors as well as the opportunity for international study experiences. Union offers several student organizations specific to business and accounting students, including an active ENACTUS chapter which boasts several national awards.

  •         Accounting major
  •         Master of Accountancy

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Oklahoma Christian University

Oklahoma Christian University (OC) is a private, coeducational, comprehensive, Christian, liberal arts university located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Founded in 1950 as the Central Christian College, today OC operates off of a 200 plus-acre campus located in the northeast part of Oklahoma City and borders the city of Edmond. This strategic location allows students to enjoy the academic, cultural, and recreational benefits the large city has to offer, with the comforts and safety of a suburban atmosphere. OC’s mission is to be a “higher learning community that transforms lives for Christian faith, scholarship, and service.” OC boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 2,500 students, including nearly 2,000 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

Accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1966, Oklahoma Christian University offers more than 60 majors, a variety of graduate programs and 30 additional areas of study and is comprised of five academic divisions: the College of Engineering and Computer Science; the College of Liberal Arts; and the College of Natural and Health Sciences. In the area of accounting, OC offers four degree programs, including the Bachelor of Business Administration in both Accounting and Accounting/Finance; the Master of Accountancy; and the Master of Business Administration with an emphasis on Accounting. Among the many benefits of studying Accounting at OC, the University boasts an award-winning Accounting and Finance Club which has won first place in a statewide competition three times in the last four years. OC’s business school also partners with several companies, such as Grant Thornton, Devon Energy, Ernst & Young, which place students in internship positions where they can put what they learn in the classroom into action.

  •         Accounting, B.B.A.
  •         Accounting/Finance, B.B.A.
  •         Master of Accountancy
  •         MBA – Accounting

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Grove City College

Located about an hour north of Pittsburgh, in the borough of Grove City, Pennsylvania, Grove City College is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution. Since its founding in 1876, Grove City College’s purpose has been to provide students with “an excellent Christ-centered, non-sectarian education at an affordable cost.” Established by Isaac C. Ketler, the institution was originally chartered as the Pine Grove Normal Academy until 1884 when the trustees of the school decided to adopt its current name. Today, Grove City College remains faithful to its founders’ vision with a mission to foster “intellectual, moral, spiritual and social development consistent with a commitment to Christian truth, morals and freedom.” The College’s mission statement continues, “The ethical absolutes of the Ten Commandments and Christ’s moral teachings guide the effort to develop intellect and character in the classroom, chapel and co-curricular activities. And while many points of view are examined, the College unapologetically advocates preservation of America’s religious, political and economic heritage of individual freedom and responsibility.”

Grove City College boasts a total enrollment figure of over 2,400 students, all of whom are undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education since 1922, the Grove City College is comprised of several academic departments, and offers more than 50 undergraduate programs which are taught from a curriculum that is “designed to educate the whole person”. The College offers a Bachelor of Science in Accounting as well as a 150-hour double major program in Accounting & Finance. Offered through the College’s Department of Accounting and Finance, students enjoy the academic freedom of choosing from a wide range of course selections. Grove City College accounting students also benefit from internships with some of the largest accounting and consulting firms in the world, such as Ernst & Young LLP, PwC, and KPMG.

  •         Accounting, B.S.
  •         Accounting & Finance (double major)

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Bethel University

Bethel University is a private, coeducational, evangelical Christian institution of higher education located in St. Paul, Minnesota. Bethel University was established in 1871 as the Baptist Union Theological Seminary by John Alexis Edgren. The seminary’s original purpose was to train Swedish Baptist immigrants who had fled Europe to escape persecution to serve as pastors in the New World. In 1914 the Baptist General Conference (now Converge Worldwide) undertook the support of the seminary and relocated the institution to St. Paul. Following the Second World War the school became a four-year collegiate institution and adopted the new name of Bethel College & Seminary. Since that time the institution has only continued to grow and in 2004 the new name of Bethel University was chosen. Today, Bethel has a total enrollment figure of nearly 4,000, including 3,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

Bethel University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1959. The University offers a wide range of programs across its four schools, including more than 100 degree options. Three accounting degree programs are offered: a Business major with an emphasis on Accounting; the Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance; and the Bachelor of Science in Accounting, which is available as an adult degree completion program. Bethel’s Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance is primarily intended for students seeking to pass their CPA exam and offers a well-rounded business background education. Ranked in the top 15% of business programs nationally (according to Major Field Test results), Bethel boasts an alumni first-time CPA exam pass rate that is 10% higher than the national average.

  •         Business – Accounting
  •         Accounting and Finance
  •         Accounting, B.S.

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Lipscomb University

Lipscomb University is a private, coeducational, Christian, liberal arts institution located in Nashville, Tennessee. Founded by David Lipscomb and James A. Harding in 1891 for the purpose of providing students with a Christian liberal arts education, the school was originally called the Nashville Bible School, before adopting its new name in honor of David Lipscomb who donated his estate to serve as the school’s campus. Affiliated with the Churches of Christ movement, Lipscomb University’s “primary mission is to integrate Christian Faith and practice with academic excellence. This mission is carried out not only in the classroom but also by involvement in numerous services to the church and larger community.” A moderately sized institution, Lipscomb University boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 4,600, including over 3,000 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1. More than 30 religious preferences are represented in Lipscomb University’s student body, as are nearly all 50 states and 45 foreign nations.

Lipscomb University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1954. More than 140 fields of undergraduate study are available in addition to several pre-professional programs, adult degree programs, and more than two dozen master’s and doctoral degrees. Three accounting degrees are available through the University’s College of Business, namely the Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting; the dual Bachelor of Business Administration/Master of Accountancy; and the Master of Accountancy. A Certificate of Accountancy (CAP) is also available. Lipscomb’s undergraduate accounting program is offered by the Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics and is designed to equip students with the necessary academic credentials and to provide them with the “essential strengths and experiences” which will enable them to pass their CPA exam.

  •         Accounting, B.B.A.
  •         B.B.A./MAcc Accounting
  •         Master of Accountancy

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Liberty University

Liberty University, located in Lynchburg, Virginia, is the largest Christian university in the world and the fifth largest in the nation. A high ranking private institution, the school was founded in 1971 by Jerry Falwell, Sr. as Liberty Baptist College, originally. Situated on a sprawling 7,000 acre campus, nestled in the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, Liberty University boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 80,000 (including approximately 50,000 undergraduate students), many of whom are enrolled in the University’s online programs. Liberty’s mission is to develop “Christ-centered men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential to impact the world.” The University’s mission statement continues, declaring that its goal is to educate “men and women who will make important contributions to their workplaces and communities, follow their chosen vocations as callings to glorify God, and fulfill the Great Commission.”

Liberty University boasts an average student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1 and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Liberty University is divided into more than a dozen colleges and schools and offers 500 graduate and undergraduate degree programs, many of which are offered both on campus and online. In the area of accounting, Liberty offers five programs, namely the Bachelor of Science in Accounting (residential and online); the Bachelor of Science in Information Systems with a concentration in Accounting Information Systems (residential and online); the online Master of Science in Accounting; the Master of Business Administration in Accounting (residential and online); and the online Doctor of Business Administration in Accounting. Available through Liberty University’s School of Business, emphasis is placed on building “champions for Christ” with a focus placed on “commitment, service and learning”. Students enrolled in Liberty’s School of Business also have the opportunity to complete a Business Internship program.

  •         Accounting, B.S.
  •         Information Systems – Accounting Information Systems, , B.S.
  •         Master of Science Accounting
  •         MBA – Accounting
  •         DBA – Accounting