One measure of success in an accounting program is the percentage of graduates passing the CPA exam on their first attempt. Grace College’s percentage of graduates passing the CPA on their first attempt continues to remain consistently higher than the national average. In 2011, Grace graduates placed 10th in the nation out of 793 schools and first in Indiana in first-time CPA exam pass rate. In 2014, Grace accounting graduates placed second in Indiana in first-time CPA exam pass rates with only Notre Dame graduates having a higher pass rate. Grace graduates continue to pass the CPA exam at rates significantly above the national average and the average for members of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).
The Accounting program at Grace has experienced significant growth in the past few years and now has 70+ Accounting majors.
Accounting is a broad field with several different career paths. Graduates may choose to pursue a career such as financial accounting, managerial or cost accounting, auditing, tax, governmental accounting or not-for-profit accounting. How much can I expect to earn with my Bachelor’s degree?
The Accounting program at Grace College prepares graduates for such careers and offers the option of students completing both an undergraduate Accounting degree and an MBA in only four years. If the student wishes to pursue a certification after graduation (CPA or CMA are the most common), majoring in Accounting at Grace provides the necessary coursework in both accounting and business to meet the requirements to take these exams for most states. States now require 150 hours of college credit and passing the CPA exam to become a CPA. The Grace College Accounting program helps students achieve 150 hours of credit in four years instead of the five years required at many other colleges. Accounting courses at Grace are appropriately rigorous, preparing students for professional careers in accounting.
Grace Accounting majors often have successful internships at local orthopaedic companies. These internships pay well and are a very positive resume builder. Also, the Accounting department at Grace hosts its own Accounting Job Fair each September with several large CPA firms attending to interview students. Grace Accounting graduates receive job offers from Big Four accounting firms, the large national firms, and smaller firms as well as job offers in corporate accounting positions.
Areas of Concentration
- Public Accounting
(Certified Public Accountant, C.P.A.)
- Corporate Accounting
(Certified Managerial Accountant, C.M.A.)
- Government Accounting
(Certified Fraud Examiner, C.F.E.)
- Public Accountant
- Analytical Accountant
- Financial Analyst
- Tax Accountant
- Internal Auditor
- Non-profit Accounting
- Staff Accountant
Accounting is a Good Fit for Those Who Are:
- Good with Numbers
- Service Oriented
- Critical Thinkers
- Detail Oriented
- Problem Solvers