Accounting Degree (BS)

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Accountants bring a broad perspective, an analytical mindset, and an eye for detail to this high-demand profession. Develop these valuable accounting skills as an accounting major at Indiana State University.

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Why Earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting at Indiana State?

Accountants prepare and interpret financial data that business owners use to make important decisions. Every business owner needs a business consultant. Accountants provide services including: consulting, information technology, forensic accounting, environmental accounting, international accounting, and tax and financial planning.

As an accounting major at Indiana State University, you will gain valuable skills in courses that prepare you to become a certified public accountant (CPA), certified management accountant (CMA), chartered global management accountant (CGMA), certified fraud examiner (CFE), or a certified financial planner (CFP). You will develop an understanding of accounting principles and accounting theory required for entry into these beneficial accounting professions.

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Understand the Language of Business

Accountants play an important role in every business and industry around the world. They understand the “language of business” and help business owners process information related to fiscal reporting, taxes, and audits. Accountants rely on interpersonal, communication, and problem-solving skills to analyze, understand, and tell a business’s financial story.

Learn from Our Excellent Faculty

Many instructors in the Scott College of Business are practicing CPAs or have worked as CPAs earlier in their careers. Small class sizes allow them to provide personalized instruction, and they will share networking opportunities and advice and insight from their personal experiences in the profession.

Your instructors will also encourage you to participate in activities and organizations such as Indiana State’s chapters of the Beta Alpha Psi and Delta Sigma Pi Honorary Societies. In these organizations, students attend conferences and workshops. In addition, instructors will assist you in finding internships and other out-of-classroom experiences, many of which have led to post-graduation jobs.

Develop Skills in the Meis Student Development Center

You will learn valuable business skills in the Meis Student Development Center, an organization that helps students develop skills necessary for successful careers. The Center presents professional development workshops, guest speakers, and other campus events. You can have your resume or cover letter reviewed by a mentor, or talk to someone about your career ambitions.

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What You'll Learn in the Accounting Program

The accounting bachelor’s degree offers the opportunity to study accounting information systems, auditing, data analytics in accounting, financial and management accounting, nonprofit accounting, fraud examination, and taxation.

The accounting program concludes with a senior business experience – a capstone course in the Scott College of Business and an upper-division elective foundational course. Focusing on the theory and practice of strategic management, project completion demonstrates skills in the functional areas of business.



Transfer Credit

Indiana State University accepts credit from regionally accredited colleges and universities within the United States, and from selected schools located outside the United States. Credit also may be granted for military training and experience. Previously earned college credit can be applied toward completion of the program per Indiana State's transfer guidelines.

Transfer Guidelines

Career Possibilities for Accounting Majors

Accounting majors at Indiana State are prepared for careers as CPAs or for other careers in accounting. Many of our graduates serve as auditors, budget officers, controllers, cost accountants, systems analysts, and tax accountants for private businesses and not-for-profit organizations. Others work for governmental agencies, including the FBI, the IRS, and state departments of revenue and auditing agencies.

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Accounting Degrees Take Flight

Accounting alumna Marsha Stone Wurster, ’89, has always been intrigued by travel and airplanes. Now serving as senior director of commercial enterprise at the Indianapolis Airport Authority, Wurster uses the interpersonal communication skills and business knowledge she gained at Indiana State every day in her career.

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Indiana State University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. In addition, all programs in the Scott College of Business are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

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