Master of Science in Accounting

  • College professor in accounting at Tarleton State University
  • Accounting program coordinator for the Tarleton outreach campus location in Waco, TX
  • 2012 recipient of the Texas A&M award for teaching excellence
"Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom." James 3:13 (NIV)

In a world where:

There was a cry for ethical professionals… A need for competent accountants… A need for accountants with communication skills…

With my bachelor of science in management degree in hand, I was ready to take the next step to work towards obtaining my master’s degree in accounting, because my ultimate goal was to work within the accounting industry.  When I made this decision to return to college, the accounting industry had just been shaken to the core due to all the different accounting scandals of the early 2000s leading to several corporate bankruptcies. The accounting industry needed competent accountants with a strong moral compass to instill public confidence once again.

I needed:

A graduate accounting degree… A college with a strong moral emphasis… Communication skills…

When I began searching for a college in the Wichita area, I needed an actual graduate degree in accounting. I did find a couple of options in the area and one of those options was a newly formed accounting graduate degree offered by Tabor College at its Wichita outreach campus. There were two features that attracted me to Tabor. First, was the course offerings, as these courses would not only teach me accounting, but also teach me how to communicate all the different accounting facts and figures generated from the various required financial reports.  And second, was the Christian viewpoint that would be evident in every course I took.  I needed this viewpoint and the accounting industry needed this viewpoint.

Tabor provided:

A graduate accounting program… Competent and compassionate professors… Courses that taught me how to make a difference within the accounting industry…

The Tabor professors in this graduate accounting program were extraordinary. There was a time about half way through the program where I got really burned out and discouraged and my professors found a way to work with me to get me motivated once again. Had it not been for their encouragement, I might have walked away from the entire program. This accounting program was instrumental in preparing me for the rigors of being an accountant and the morals instilled in this program have made me an overall better professional and person. This degree has been such a valuable asset and has provided me with so many opportunities to which I otherwise would not have been qualified. In fact, the motivation to turn around a struggling Tarleton accounting program at a Waco outreach campus stemmed from the positive experience I had at Tabor. I was able to prove to these outreach campus accounting students that I was living proof that an education provided at an outreach campus was just as valuable as an education provided at a traditional campus.