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Accounting Major

More than number crunching, accounting is the backbone of businesses' financial decision-making. Are you practical, precise and good with numbers? Do you enjoy learning about the relationship of numbers? As an accountant, you will keep financial accounts and analyze them to evaluate a company’s or individual’s financial health and risks. The accounting major at Gordon will prepare you for the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) exams for licensure, which Gordon alumni earn at a high rate, and you will become well-versed in Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).

A Top Track Record

Gordon grads are top performers in professional certification exams.

95% pass rate

95% pass rate on the CPA exams for accounting majors compared to 53% national pass rate.

15% higher pass rate

15% higher pass rate on CFA Level 1 exam for finance majors, compared to the global average.

Why study accounting at Gordon?

Situated just north of Boston—one of the world’s biotechnology and healthcare centers, and a hub for finance—Gordon students have opportunities for critical hands-on learning and internships. In the Economics and Business Department at Gordon, you will benefit from a strong combination of technical business training and Christian liberal arts education. Our highly experienced faculty will prepare you for excellence and mission in the marketplace as you cultivate integrity and wise stewardship.

What careers can I pursue with an accounting major?

Gordon graduates are top performers in professional certification exams (including the CPA). They have an outstanding record of graduate school acceptances, and successfully find jobs in a variety of firms and nonprofit organizations, including:

  • Public accounting
  • Private accounting
  • Government accounting
  • Internal auditing
  • Financial planning and analysis
  • Tax advising
  • Management

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Career Statistics from Finance, Economics, Business, and Accounting graduates:

Econ-bus alumni stats Econ-bus alumni stats Information gathered through EMSI Data, which pulls mid-career earning information from multiple sources including Bureau of Labor Statistics, US Census Bureau, Online job postings, individuals’ online profiles, etc.


Jon Benson

Jonathan Benson ’08

Manager, KPMG LLP State and Local Tax

“Gordon played an integral part in my understanding of faith’s pivotal role in vocation. I believe that everything we do has purpose and contributes to God’s kingdom, even the work we do. My time at Gordon—including interactions with faculty, my coursework, and my involvement on campus—was critical in showing me how my work can be done to God’s glory." Hear from others ➔


For hands-on learning and to clarify their career goals, Gordon accounting majors pursue internships at top firms like Deloitte, Klynveld Peat Marwick Goerdeler, PricewaterhouseCoopers, and Ernst & Young, to name a few.

On campus, you will be part of a close community of supportive mentors and learners. You may have the opportunity to complete an honors project, do research with a faculty member or work as a teaching assistant. And you can take advantage of student-led opportunities, including:

  • Business Club: features guest speakers, networking opportunities and annual trips to Boston, New York City or Washington, D.C.
  • Investment Club: builds students' in-depth investing knowledge
  • American Enterprise Institute (AEI) Executive Council: promotes an understanding of public policy issues and facilitates student trips to Washington, D.C.
  • Gordon College Student Association: liaises between students and the administration
  • Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership: equips students to initiate new and noble ventures


For more information, contact:

Kristen Cooper
Department chair

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