The major in accounting prepares students for a career in public accounting.
EMU Accounting Majors Pass the CPA Exam at High Rate
According to the 2011 NASBA Data and Trends Report, Eastern Mennonite University’s accounting students rank second in Virginia for first-time pass rate on all sections of the CPA Exam. EMU’s candidates passed the sections at a 72.2% rate, which is well above the state average of 53.9%. Only students from the University of Virginia passed at a higher rate in the category of candidates without an advanced degree. Nationally, first -time candidates pass the sections at 49.8%. NASBA also reports that EMU ranks 18th in the nation in the ‘Very Small’ category. Theis category includes 239 institutions with 5 to 9 candidates taking the exam.
Internships help students put classroom learning into effect in the real world. This experience “in the field” is vital to learning, and business and accounting students have been working and making a difference in area businesses for years.
Jeremy Yoder graduated with a degree in accounting after interning at Martin, Beachy, and Arehart, PLLC, a small, local accounting firm where he learned first-hand how an organization works, how to handle business for clients, how the federal income tax system works, and how to stay organized on the job. Learn more about business internships
Becoming a CPA
Virginia requires 120 semester hours to sit for the CPA exam, however, you must have 150 semester hours to be licensed as a CPA.
Most graduates do not qualify to take the exam until they finish more courses. EMU has a matriculation agreement with the masters program at nearby James Madison University that allows for completion of these additional credit hours. We also encourage accounting majors to complete a masters program to fulfill the requirements and become a CPA.
The accounting major consists of the core courses plus the courses in the box above for a total of 60 SH.
CPA Profile: Monte J. Glanzer. Click here to read an article about Monte that was featured in “Virginia Business.”
Ronald Stoltzfus, Professor
Dr. Ronald L. Stoltzfus, CPA, Ph.D., specializes in financial accounting reporting issues. His work experience includes the controllership of a large farm equipment company in southeastern Pennsylvania and summer projects with a local construction contractor, tire retreader, and an aviation company. He has been part of the EMU department of business and economics . . .Learn more
Leah Kratz, Assistant Professor
Leah Kratz, CPA, MBA is teaching Financial Accounting, Intermediate Accounting, Cost Accounting and Auditing. Leah earned an accounting degree at EMU and MBA at James Madison University. Her work experience includes public accounting and most recently in government, working for the State of Virginia as the Assistant Fiscal Director of Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center. Leah lives in Harrisonburg with her husband, Jeremy . . . Learn more