When Aftin Lewis relocated to Indianapolis to work for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), gaining more knowledge about federal tax law ranked at the top of her priorities. Lewis, a graduate of Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, previously worked in tax for the state of Ohio.

“I had extensive experience with state tax law, but I felt I needed to know more about federal law in my new position,” says Lewis, a CPA and an IRS agent. “When I moved to Indianapolis, it was icing on the cake that Kelley has a strong graduate accounting program right here in the city.”

Lewis says the Master of Science in Taxation program has many benefits—a fact she sensed from the very first day.

“I was impressed with how easy the program was administratively,” explains Lewis, who as a part-time student will finish the master’s program in just two years. “Susan Cauble, [the school’s assistant director for graduate programs], took the time to explain the program requirements to me. My initial experience with the advising office really solidified my decision to enroll.”

Other program advantages, according to Lewis, include small classes, networking opportunities with accounting professionals and a strong focus by Kelley professors on “real, everyday work experiences” and not just “book cases.”

“For me, the most important asset is being able to immediately apply what I learn in class to my work, says Lewis. “It’s been a really great experience.”