Accounting (CPA)

Glorifiying God in the details

For the Christian accountant, a 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, Dean, School of Business

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 business consultations. 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 Dean of Maranatha’s School 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

Fall Spring 
Introduction to Business & Management2Introduction to Information Systems2
Computer Applications Seminar1Microsoft Excel1
Principles of Accounting 14Principles of Accounting 24
Old Testament Survey2New Testament Survey2
Christian Life 11English Composition 23
English Composition 13The Modern World3
Fundamentals of Public Speaking2Music Elective2
Fall Spring 
Microsoft Access1Business Communication3
Macroeconomics3Principles of Marketing3
Intermediate Accounting 13Intermediate Accounting 23
Calculus 15Accounting and Business Electives3
Christian Life 21Bible Elective2
Principles of Bible Study2Probability and Statistics3
Science Elective3
Fall Spring 
Principles of Management3Microeconomics3
Business Law 13Accounting Information Systems3
Federal Taxation 13Accounting and Business Electives3
Auditing3Writing Elective3
Christian Life 31Speech Elective2
Bible Elective2Bible Doctrine 13
Open Elective2
Fall Spring 
Business Finance3Business Strategy Senior Capstone3
Advanced Accounting3Accounting and Business Electives6
Accounting and Business Electives6Baptist Heritage3
Bible Doctrine 23Bible Elective2
Open Elective2Literature Elective3
Bible Elective2Bible Doctrine 13
Open Elective2
Accounting and Business Electives6
American Studies Elective3
Open Electives6