Kayoko Komatsubara ’09 Master of Science in Accounting; ’06 B.S., Finance

Kayoko Komatsubara
“I’m not only getting a quality education, but also many opportunities to network and understand the needs of local businesses. Kelley’s strong connection to business is one of the reasons I chose to study here.”

As a high school student in Japan, Kayoko Komatsubara dreamed of going to college in the United States. Coming to the U.S.—first in 1999 and then again in 2001—Komatsubara realized her dream. She earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Kelley Indianapolis in 2006 and a Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) degree three years later.

“I was thinking about how to use my finance degree and decided accounting would be a good field,” said Komatsubara. “I was confident earning my CPA designation would help me get a better job.”

In addition to her MSA classes, Komatsubara worked at a local accounting firm as an intern—a position she found through Kelley Indianapolis’ Career Planning Office. The job was tailor made for Komatsubara, who was learning about auditing while serving as a liaison and translator in dealings with one of the firm’s Japanese clients.

Komatsubara says the MSA courses were challenging, but she received a lot of support from Kelley faculty and others in the school.

“The professors and instructors were very helpful,” she said. “Faculty helped me whenever I needed guidance, and the topics we studied always reflected current issues and trends in the industry.”