Accounting Degrees in Louisiana

American School of Business

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702 Professional Dr N
(318) 798-3333

Institution Type:

< 2-year, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Computerized Accounting Specialist diploma

Accrediting Agency:

Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools

Baton Rouge Community College

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201 Community College Drive
(225) 216-8000

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Accounting Certificate of Technical Studies

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs

Bossier Parish Community College

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6220 East Texas
(318) 678-6000 x6206

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Certificate of Technical Studies in Accounting Technology

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Capital Area Technical College-Baton Rouge Campus

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3250 North Acadian Thruway East
(225) 359-9201

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate degree in Business Office Technology - Accounting Concentration

Accrediting Agency:

Accrediting Commission of the Council on Occupational Education (COE)

Centenary College of Louisiana

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2911 Centenary Boulevard
(318) 869-5011

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's in Business Administration with Accounting concentration

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Central Louisiana Technical College-Alexandria Campus

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4311 South MacArthur Drive
(318) 487-5443 x1160

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate degree in Business Office Technology - Accounting Concentration

Accrediting Agency:

Council on Occupational Education (COE)

Delgado Community College

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615 City Park Ave
(504) 671-5000

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Delta School of Business and Technology

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517 Broad St
(337) 439-5765 x1926

Institution Type:

2-year, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate degree in Accounting, Bookkeeping diploma

Accrediting Agency:

Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools

Dillard University

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2601 Gentilly Blvd
(504) 816-4640

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Grambling State University

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403 Main Street
(318) 247-3811

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, Association Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

Herzing University-New Orleans

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2500 Williams Blvd
(504) 733-0074

Institution Type:

4-year, primarily associate's, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Associate degree in Accounting, Diploma in Bookkeeping and Payroll Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association

L E Fletcher Technical Community College

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310 St Charles St
(985) 857-3655

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate degree in Accounting, Certificate of Technical Studies in Accounting, Technical Competency Area Certificate in Accounting Technology

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Louisiana College

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1140 College Dr
(318) 487-7011

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with Accounting concentration

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs

Louisiana Delta Community College-Monroe Campus

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7500 Millhaven Road
(866) 500-5322

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate in Business Office Administration - Accounting Concentration

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College

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156 Thomas Boyd Hall
(225) 578-3202

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Master's degree in Accounting, Ph.D. in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Louisiana State University Eunice

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2048 Johnson Hwy
(337) 457-7311

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate degree in Accounting Management, Accounting and Financial Management Certificate of Technical Studies

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Louisiana State University-Shreveport

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One University Place
(318) 797-5000

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

Louisiana Tech University

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305 Wisteria
(318) 257-2000

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Master of Professional Accountancy

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Loyola University-New Orleans

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6363 Saint Charles Ave
(504) 865-2011

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor of Accountancy

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

McNeese State University

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4205 Ryan St
(337) 475-5000

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Nicholls State University

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University Station La Hwy 1
(877) 642-4655

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Northeast Louisiana Technical College

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609 Vocational Pky
(318) 397-6100

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate degree in Business Office Technology with Accounting Concentration, Technical Diploma in Business Office Technology with Accounting Concentration, Certificate of Technical Studies in Business Office Technology with Accounting Concentration

Accrediting Agency:

Accrediting Commission of the Council on Occupational Education (COE)

Northshore Technical Community College

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1710 Sullivan Dr
(985) 732-6640 x100

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate degree in Business Office Technology with Accounting Concentration, Technical Diploma in Business Office Technology with Accounting Concentration, Certificate of Technical Studies in Business Office Technology with Accounting Concentration

Accrediting Agency:

Accrediting Commission of the Council on Occupational Education (COE)

Northwest Louisiana Technical College

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814 Constable Street
(318) 371-3035

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate in Business Office Technology with Accounting Technology Concentration, Business Office Technology Diploma with Accounting Technology Concentration

Accrediting Agency:

The Commission of the Council on Occupational Education (COE)

Northwestern State University of Louisiana

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University Parkway
(318) 357-6011

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Our Lady of Holy Cross College

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4123 Woodland Drive
(504) 394-7744

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Business Administration with Accounting concentration

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

River Parishes Community College

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7384 John Leblanc Blvd
(225) 675-8270

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Certificate of Technical Studies in Business Office Technology with Accounting Concentration

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

South Central Louisiana Technical College-Young Memorial Campus

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900 Youngs Road
(985) 380-2436

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate degree in Business Office Technology with Accounting Concentration, Technical Diploma in Business Office Technology with Accounting Concentration, Certificate of Technical Studies in Business Office Technology with Accounting Concentration

Accrediting Agency:

The Commission of the Council on Occupational Education (COE) (

Southeastern Louisiana University

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548 Western Ave.
(985) 549-2000

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting, MBA with Accounting Concentration

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Southern University and A & M College

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Southern Branch Post Office
(225) 771-4500

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, Association to Advance Collegiate School of Business

Southern University at New Orleans

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6400 Press Drive
(504) 286-5000

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

none (phased out in 2006)

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Southern University at Shreveport

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3050 Martin Luther King Dr
(318) 670-6000

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Sowela Technical Community College

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3820 J Bennett Johnston Ave
(337) 491-2698

Institution Type:

2-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Associate degree in Accounting Technology

Accrediting Agency:

Council on Occupational Education (COE)

Strayer University-Louisiana

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111 Veterans Memorial Blvd
(888) 378-7293

Institution Type:

4-year, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Master's in Accounting, Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Associate degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Tulane University of Louisiana

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6823 Saint Charles Ave
(504) 865-5000

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Master of Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

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104 University Circle
(377) 482-1000

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

University of Louisiana-Monroe

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700 University Avenue
(318) 342-1000

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

University of New Orleans

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2000 Lakeshore Drive
(504) 280-6000

Institution Type:

4-year, Public

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Master's degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

University of Phoenix-Louisiana Campus

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1 Galleria Blvd.
(504) 613-1500

Institution Type:

4-year, Private for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Associate degree in Accounting, Bachelor's in Business with Accounting concentration, MBA in Accounting, Master's degree in Accountancy

Accrediting Agency:

Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs

Xavier University of Louisiana

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One Drexel Drive
(504) 486-7411

Institution Type:

4-year, Private not-for-profit

Accounting Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degree in Accounting

Accrediting Agency:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Educational Requirements

The governing body of accountancy licensure in Louisiana is the state’s Board of Certified Public Accountants. Educational requirements for obtaining licensure through qualifying for the Uniform CPA Exam include 150 semester credit hours, and a bachelor’s degree (at minimum) conferred from a recognized university or college. For undergraduate work, at least 24 hours must be accepted business courses, and business law courses may only account for three of these 24 hours. The Louisiana Board of Certified Public Accountants will have the most accurate, current, and specific requirements. Click here to access their current policies.

Salary

Similar to most states, Louisiana’s CPAs should enjoy a salary competitive with the national average and current market valuations. The average annual salary for a CPA in Louisiana in 2011 was $60,730, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. CPAs in earning in the lowest 10% in the state can expect salaries of approximately $36,880. The average annual salary of the top 10% of accountancy professionals in Louisiana was $90,710. Location in the state will influence compensation; for example, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that CPAs in New Orleans enjoyed an average salary of over $65,000. Those in the Baton Rouge metropolitan area earned an average of just over $60,000, while more rural regions of Louisiana found average annual salaries somewhat lower.

CPA Licensing in Louisiana

To become a CPA in Louisiana, applicants for licensure must have the “Three E’s:” Education, Examination, and Experience. As with many other states, Louisiana uses qualification requirements in these three areas to determine eligibility and fitness for applicants to become certified public accountants. Specifically, the requirements for CPA licensure in Louisiana are as follows:

  • At minimum, completion of bachelor’s degree involving at least 150 semester hours of coursework.
  • While experience is not necessary to sit for the CPA exam in Louisiana, in order to obtain licensure, all applicants must complete at least one year of verified, qualifying experience. Louisiana’s State Board of Certified Public Accountants has more information here.
  • Provide all transcripts for review at time of examination.
  • Pass the four-part Uniform CPA Exam.
  • Be at least 18 years of age and of good moral character, as defined by the State Board.
  • While reciprocal licensure may be possible, Louisiana does have a 120 days of continuous residency requirement for certified public accountants in the state.
  • Submit an application and pay a $100 application fee.
  • Upon granting your licensure, all Louisiana CPAs must take an oath as prescribed by the Board.

Continuing Education Requirements

Every three years, CPAs in Louisiana must renew their licensure. During these three-year periods, accountants must complete 120 hours of continuing professional education. A Board-approved ethics course must be part of these credit hours, and 20% of the continuing professional education requirements must be fulfilled with accounting and auditing courses specifically. Specific, codified rules can be found here, while the Board of Certified Public Accountants of Louisiana provides digestible guidelines with relevant links in its web resources.

Accounting Jobs in Louisiana

Accountancy jobs are in constant demand, and national employment is expected to continue growth at an average occupational rate, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Financial and governmental centers of Louisiana will have the most opportunities for employment, although accounting professionals are employed all over the state. Tourism, hospitality, and casinos are Louisiana industries that employ many accountants, as well as financial services firms and governmental entities. One great resource for industry information within the state is the Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants.