Graduate-Level Accounting Education
The L.P. and Timothy Leung School of Accounting places a strong emphasis on ethics and career preparation designed to promote excellence and integrity within the accounting profession.
The school offers a Bachelor of Science in Accounting with innovative courses in ethical accounting. APU’s accounting school also plans to expand its program offerings with a Master of Professional Accountancy degree.
Chair of Accounting Ethics
John M. Thornton, Ph.D., CPA, serves as the Leung Chair of Accounting Ethics. He is an accounting and auditing expert and CPA. “There is strong demand for accountants who help businesses succeed by improving operations and profitability while resisting the temptation to compromise corporate integrity,” said Thornton.
High Demand for Accounting Grads
A report by the National Association of Colleges and Employers notes that 59.3 percent of surveyed employers plan to hire accounting graduates in 2012. The U.S. Department of Labor also projects strong advances in the field, with employment of accountants and auditors expected to grow 16 percent from 2010 to 2020.
Accounting Programs Expand
A gift of more than $8 million from the Leung family allowed APU to broaden its accounting programs and establish the L.P. and Timothy Leung School of Accounting, housed in APU’s School of Business and Management, giving the accounting program the resources needed to expand its emphasis on strong academics, practical training, and teaching ethics.