The Accounting Department opens doors to unlimited opportunities to make a difference.
Accountants serve as trusted advisors to leaders in every industry, including governmental and not-for-profit sectors. Career possibilities are varied and include such opportunities as external auditor, internal auditor, tax advisor, contracting specialist, budget analyst, payroll accountant and forensic accountant. Companies frequently choose CEOs who have a strong foundation in accounting and finance because of their understanding of the financial consequences of business decisions and strategic initiatives.
"Accounting is a form of communication that uses numbers, but it is so much more. Accounting activities, such as preparing and interpreting financial reports, applying tax law and assessing risk in business processes, all require development of a combination of qualitative, quantitative and ethical reasoning skills. Students who master the language of accounting will be prepared to make a contribution in every aspect of the global economy."
— Louise Single, Chair, Accounting Department
The Accounting faculty's extensive experience as college professors and researchers is enhanced by their professional experience as auditors, tax practitioners, business consultants and administrators of governmental agencies. The department's connections with the Austin business community provide opportunities for students to network and intern with successful, well-respected alumni and other accounting professionals who have diverse regional, national and global experience.
"Our school of business prepares you for your future. It gives you relevant real-world knowledge you won't get anywhere else."
— Kylie Garrett '17, Accounting
An Accounting degree, especially when combined with a professional certification such as Certified Public Accountant (CPA), prepares students for challenging and rewarding careers. Find additional information about Professional Certifications here.
"The Bill Munday School of Business provides lots of opportunities for students to connect with the business world and expand their professional possibilities. I chose St. Ed's because of the endless opportunities to grow educationally as well as expand my worldview."
— Aleksandra Tkaczow '17, Accounting
Faculty members in the Accounting department are actively engaged in research that is applicable to the accounting profession as well as pedagogical advances which enhance teaching and student learning. They present papers at international, national and regional accounting and educational conferences and they have a strong publication record in peer-reviewed journals. Students in both undergraduate and graduate courses collaborate in conducting the research and in co-presenting and co-authoring articles with Accounting faculty.
Our Accounting faculty are active in research, and regularly present at professional and academic conferences and also publish in academic journals which are internationally recognized. Presentations include conferences such as the national American Accounting Association and the southwest regional American Accounting Association. Publications in academic journals have been in Issues in Accounting Education, Auditing, Journal of Business Ethics, The Journal of the American Tax Association, and the Case Research Journal.
Multiple opportunities are available for scholarships which are unique to accounting majors. These include scholarships funded on-campus as well as from external entities. Students should direct questions regarding accounting scholarships to the Accounting Department Chair. All students are encouraged to work with accounting faculty to assure their scholarship applications meet all requirements. Most scholarships are paid directly to the University, with the award amount applied to the recipient’s tuition and fees.
Learn more about accounting scholarships.
The Accounting Department has close working relationships with local, regional, and national CPA firms with offices in the Austin area as well as across the state. Faculty members work with students to identify internship opportunities and to assist with applications and preparation for interviews. Students may also identify internship positions on their own and then consult with the Accounting Department Chair about such opportunities.
Students are encouraged to seek internships that qualify for academic credit as part of the required hours in their accounting major. An internship course is included as an option in both the undergraduate BBA and graduate MACT degree programs.The St. Edward’s academic internship courses are structured to meet Texas State Board of Public Accountancy (TSBPA) requirements in order to ensure the courses are accepted by TSBPA when qualifying individuals sit for the CPA exam. TSBPA has detailed requirements for the university, the internship employer and the student as described at its site.
Student organizations provide many opportunities to engage with faculty, fellow students and members of the Austin business community. Learn more about student organizations at The Bill Munday School of Business.
The accounting faculty of every university in Texas may nominate a student for the TSCPA’s Accounting Excellence Award (established in 1969). The award is designed to promote excellence in the academic study of accounting and honors students who have a high GPA, ongoing involvement in extracurricular activities and a strong likelihood for success in the profession. Both undergraduate and graduate students may be eligible to receive the award. Members of the Accounting faculty nominate students for the award. After being selected by the faculty as the St. Edward’s nominee, the Department Chair contacts the student and assists them in preparing their application for submission to the TSCPA.
The St. Edward’s University accounting faculty selects a student each spring as the recipient of the Outstanding MACT Student Award. The recipient is chosen on the basis of academic achievement at the graduate level as well as personal traits which make them an excellent representative of the MACT program. These include work ethic, dedication, and professionalism as well as ethics and values. The student is honored along with other recipients at the university’s annual graduate Honors Night.