School of Business

Major in Accounting

The accounting curriculum prepares students for careers in fields ranging from public, corporate and not-for-profit accounting organizations to management consulting. In addition, it equips the prospective graduates with tools for analysis and decision-making and prepares them for leadership roles regardless of the career path chosen. It also provides an excellent background for students considering a graduate degree in business administration or law. Internships in business and not-for-profit organizations are available. The Career Services Office can provide further information about internships.

Students who complete the accounting major will meet the accounting and business education requirements necessary to sit for the Uniform CPA (Certified Public Accountant) exam in Indiana. Those who pursue a CPA career should obtain the full list of requirements at and Most states require a prospective CPA exam candidate to complete 150 credit hours. The School of Business offers a Master of Business Administration degree for individuals who wish to fulfill the additional 30 credit hours beyond the 120-hour undergraduate degree while obtaining an advanced professional degree.

Students who do not wish to pursue a career as a CPA have many other career options, including taxation, corporate, governmental and not-for-profit accounting. The 120-hour Baccalaureate degree will qualify the graduate to sit for some certification exams designed for these private sector careers, such as the certified Management Accountant (CMA) and the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) exams.

The School of Business also offers the Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Accounting for students who already possess a bachelor's degree in a field other than accounting and wish to pursue a CPA or an accounting career. Students who complete the certificate program will satisfy the accounting and business education requirements required to sit for the CPA exam.

Sequencing toward the BSB in Accounting Concentration
Semester and Course

Freshman Year (No Accounting Taken)

Sophomore Year
  • BUS-A 201 Introduction to Accounting I (3 cr.)
  • BUS-A 202 Introduction to Accounting II (3 cr.)
Junior Year
  • BUS-A 311 Intermediate Accounting I (3 cr.)
  • BUS-A 325 Cost Accounting (3 cr.)
  • BUS-A 312 Intermediate Accounting II (3 cr.)
  • BUS-A 337 Accounting Information Systems (3 cr.)
Senior Year
  • BUS-A 328 Introduction to Taxation (3 cr.)
  • BUS-A 422 Advanced Financial Accounting I (3 cr.)
  • BUS-A 339 Advanced Income Taxation (3 cr.)
  • BUS-A 424 Auditing and Assurance Services (3 cr.)

In addition, each student is required to complete an applied learning experience. See an advisor for options.

4+1 Program
By working with the undergraduate and graduate advisors and taking 15 credits a semester, it is possible to graduate in 5 years with both Bachelor of Science in Business and Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees. Students interested in this program must be qualified to begin calculus their freshman year or must enroll in summer classes. Contact the undergraduate business advisors for more information.

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