December 12, 2005

34 OF 35 NEELEY MASTERS OF ACCOUNTING STUDENTS ALREADY HIRED UPON GRADUATION

 Upon their graduation December 2005 or May 2006, 34 of the 35 students in the Master of Accounting (MAc) program at TCU's Neeley School of Business have accepted fulltime employment positions. One student did not participate in the fall 2005 interview process.

Of those 34 Neeley students who participated in interviews, 23 have been hired by the Big Four firms-Deloitte & Touche, Ernst & Young, PricewaterhouseCoopers and KPMG-upon their graduation. Two MAc graduates will go to work for national CPA firms, four have been hired by regional CPA firms, and one will be employed by a local CPA firm. Four other MAc graduates have been hired by local corporations and organizations.

"I and my fellow MAc and Accounting faculty colleagues couldn't be happier with the success of our students in this area," said Barry J. Bryan, professor of Professional Practice in Accounting and director of the Master of Accounting program. "I appreciate the outstanding assistance given to them this fall by the Graduate Career Services staff."

Dr. Bryan added that the goal for TCU MAc students is to successfully complete the CPA exam as soon as possible once they graduate from the Neeley School program. "We want to continue our recent outstanding results in this area," he said.

The MAc program at the Neeley School of Business is designed for students planning on professional careers in accounting. It complements an undergraduate accounting major by providing the additional accounting and business knowledge needed to enter the accounting profession and become eligible to sit for the Uniform CPA Examination.

Candidates for the CPA Exam in Texas must have completed an approved accounting program consisting of 150 credit hours in total and 30 hours in accounting courses beyond principles of accounting (36 accounting hours in total). To date, 48 states have enacted similar legislation. Membership in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) requires 150 hours of education as a condition for membership. The Neeley School of Business MAc Program has been designed to fulfill Texas state law and the requirements of the AICPA.

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CONTACT:
Elaine Cole
External Relations Neeley School of Business
e.cole@tcu.edu
817-257-5724