Accounting (CPA)

Glorifiying God in the details

For the Christian accountant, their career is an opportunity to daily demonstrate Godly excellence and attention to detail.

Career options for accountants are numerous. Men and women that can manage the financial details of businesses and organizations are in demand around the country. Maranatha is committed to training individuals to fill these positions.

We are also committed to exposing students to the many needs that arise in the local church. Professionals that can be a ministry to their congregation in financial matters are desperately needed.

"Helping a ministry in its financial management policies and procedures is a very effective way to demonstrate leadership in your local church." - Dr. Corey Pfaffe, Faculty

Accounting in the real world

Tara Watterson, a graduate from the Accounting CPA program, says she had “no difficulty being accepted into graduate school.” She also declares, “Maranatha provided a well-rounded business education. Marketing, management, and economic classes greatly aided and added perspective to graduate school and current responsibilities.” For those who fear that accounting is a dry, dull profession, Tara contends that it is a vibrant atmosphere filled with cloud collaboration, client meetings, and consulting many businesses. As an encouragement to a student who is curious, Tara urges, “If you believe God has directed you into the accounting field, stay focused, do not give up, and trust Him to lead you.”

Our faculty knows accounting

Dr. Corey Pfaffe has served as the Chair of Maranatha’s Department of Business since 1989. He also chairs the College Finance committee. As a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with more than 25 years of professional experience, he regularly consults with churches, Christian ministries and small businesses.

Read more about our Business faculty.

Your potential career

  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Certified Management Accountant
  • Forensic accountant
  • Business manager
  • Tax consultant
  • Financial planner
  • Auditor
  • Budget analyst
  • Chief Financial Officer

Your potential schedule

Introduction to Business & Management3Microsoft Excel1
Computer Applications Seminar1Principles of Accounting 24
Principles of Accounting 14Old or New Testament Survey3
Old or New Testament Survey3English Composition 23
English Composition 13The Modern World3
Fundamentals of Public Speaking2Music Elective2
Intermediate Accounting 13Intermediate Accounting 23
Microsoft Access1Principles of Management3
Business Communication3Accounting and Business Electives3
Calculus 15Baptist Heritage3
Christian Life and Leadership3Probability and Statistics3
American Studies Elective3Science Elective3
Principles of Marketing3Microeconomics3
Business Law3Federal Taxation 13
Auditing6Accounting and Business Electives6
Bible Doctrine 1 or 23Bible Doctrine 1 or 23
Advanced Writing Elective3Advanced Speech Elective2
Accounting Information Systems3Macroeconomics3
Business Finance3Business Strategy Senior Capstone3
Accounting and Business Electives6Accounting and Business Electives3
Bible Elective3Bible Elective3
Open Elective3Literature Elective3
Accounting and Business Electives9
Open Electives5

Other accounting degrees are also available at Maranatha, including our Accounting Management Major.