Stephen F. Austin State University


The Gerald W. Schlief School of Accountancy is one of the four departments in the Nelson Rusche College of Business, which is accredited by AACSB International. The overall objective of the school is to provide academic programs that enable students to prepare for entry into the profession of accountancy. The curriculum is under continuous review to ensure that it is responsive to the changing requirements of the accounting profession. The primary interest of the accounting faculty is teaching. However, faculty members regularly participate in research and other scholarly activities and are active in professional organizations.

Majors & Minors

The school offers three outstanding and comprehensive programs. The accounting degree programs cover concepts of financial accounting, managerial accounting and information systems for accounting and management. These subjects make up the core of the accounting curriculum. Students also gain critical knowledge in the areas of auditing and taxation. Depending upon the degree program, other course options include not-for-profit/governmental, or managerial accounting. The three degree programs offered are:

B.B.A./M.P.A.-SFA's five-year program leads to a master of professional accountancy degree for those who are primarily interested in pursuing a career in public accounting. This program is one of only a small number of fully integrated five-year programs in Texas. It contains 156 hours of course credit and was designed to meet the changing needs of the profession. It complies with all the educational requirements for those who wish to take the CPA exam. A bachelor's degree is awarded simultaneously with the M.P.A.

B.B.A.-SFA's four-year B.B.A. accounting program is available for those who are primarily interested in careers in non-public accounting. This program alone does not provide all the educational requirements for those interested in sitting for the CPA exam.

A Stand-Alone M.P.A. is a master of professional accountancy degree that consists of 36 graduate hours. This program is available for those who already have a bachelor's degree and wish to complete the educational requirements to take the CPA exam.

Student Organizations

Interaction between faculty and students is an important part of the educational process. Faculty are regularly available to students for consultation. In addition, students are encouraged to participate in Beta Alpha Psi (the national honorary accounting society) and the Accounting Club. These groups provide additional opportunities for interaction with practicing accountants and faculty through seminars and field trips. Free tutoring is available to accounting students in the university's Academic Assistance and Resource Center or through Beta Alpha Psi.


The school awards both a freshman and a transfer scholarship each year. In addition, outstanding students in ACC 231, 232, and 331 are recognized at the accounting banquet held each spring. After completion of ACC 331, students are eligible to apply for Gerald W. Schlief School of Accountancy scholarships at the beginning of the spring semester.