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Department of Accounting and Information Systems

Accounting Major

The accounting curriculum prepares students for careers in auditing, corporate accounting and management consulting, governmental and nonprofit organizations, and taxation. In addition, it equips the prospective business executive with tools for intelligent analysis, planning, control, and decision making. The accounting curriculum also provides excellent background for the student who wants to pursue graduate work in business, public administration, or law.

Beginning in the fall of 2013, the general-education requirement for accounting majors was reduced to 43 credit hours. This limit applies only to accounting majors. Nine additional credit hours are required for the nonaccounting concentration.

Accounting graduates who meet the requirements of the State Board of Public Accountancy of Indiana are eligible to sit for the Uniform CPA Examination in Indiana. Most accounting graduates will need to engage in further study to be eligible to sit for the exam. Those who wish to engage in public accounting practice in Indiana as certified public accountants should familiarize themselves with the rules and regulations issued by the Indiana State Board of Accountancy, Indiana Professional Licensing Agency, 302 W. Washington Street, Rm. E034, Indianapolis, IN 46204-2724; phone (317) 232-2980. Students planning practice outside Indiana should consult the CPA board in their state of residence. Call 1-800-CPA-EXAM for additional information.

Internships in business or government are available on a selective basis during the fall, spring, or summer. Fall is the ideal time to apply for an accounting internship, as the majority of public accounting internships are spring-semester positions. For further information about internships, contact the Kelley Career Placement Office, Business/SPEA Building 2010; phone (317) 278-7842.

Major Requirements

Junior and Senior Years:
  • BUS-A 311, BUS-A 312, BUS-A 325, BUS-A 328, BUS-A 302 BUS-A 337, BUS-A 424.
  • Two accounting electives from the following: BUS-A 375, BUS-A 335, BUS-A 339, BUS-A 380, BUS-A 422, BUS-A 439, BUS-A 460, BUS-A 490.
  • Nonaccounting concentration (9 cr.): Students must use these hours to build a three-course sequence that comprises a concentration. The concentration creates an expertise that is typically in a nonaccounting business area (e.g., international business or finance). However, a concentration that includes non-business courses (e.g., courses in criminal justice) may be acceptable. This concentration might be obtained in a number of ways. For example, students might construct a three-course sequence in a particular area such as finance, supply chain management, or something similar. Information about preapproved concentrations may be obtained from the Kelley School of Business advisors. Students also are encouraged to use this flexibility to double major in a business area or to earn an outside minor.
    • One minor that is available to accounting students is the Criminal Justice Accounting minor offered through the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Three of the courses for the minor will be used for the non-accounting concentration. Then students take only two more classes to complete the Criminal Justice Accounting minor. There is a PDF checksheet that will list all the courses required for the minor.
CPA Exam Preparation

Two accounting electives are required for the accounting degree. However, the accounting faculty strongly recommends that students who are interested in professional accounting careers and becoming a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) should take the following three elective courses:

  • BUS-A 422 (Advanced Financial Accounting)
  • BUS-A 339 (Advanced Income Taxation)
  • BUS-A 335 (Accounting for Government and Not-For-Profit Entities)
Additionally, the following course would be helpful in preparing for the CPA Exam.
  • BUS-A 439 (Advanced Auditing)
  • BUS-A 460 (Information Systems Security Assurance)
Internal Auditing Focus

Students who do not choose to pursue a career as a CPA, but who want to pursue a career in internal auditing, should select the following two electives.

  • BUS-A 375 (Internal Auditing - Enterprise Risk Management and Controls)
  • BUS-A 460 (Information Systems Security Assurance)

Note: Most states (including Indiana) require accounting professionals who wish to be licensed as certified public accountants to complete 150 credit hours of education with an accounting major. Students must choose among three alternatives. Students who plan to forego CPA licensure may begin their careers after four years with a bachelor's degree. Students interested in licensure may either apply to the Master of Professional Accountancy program and continue for a fifth year to earn a master's degree (fulfilling the 150-hour requirement) or enter the workforce after four years (with the bachelor's degree) and continue to work toward the master's as part-time or returning students.

The Department of Accounting has created a Master of Professional Accountancy Program for students wishing to pursue licensure.

Updated 5/19