The Business behind the Bottom Line
What is Accounting
Throw away the clichés of green visors and pocket protectors, today’s accounting is about more than crunching numbers. It’s about using those numbers to make decisions, craft strategies, and shape the future of a business.
The “language of business,” accounting studies the methods of recording, reporting, and examining the financial information and economic outlook of a business for a variety of audiences, including shareholders and auditors, employees, and economists. 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.
What are your career possibilities?
With accounting’s Big Four (PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, Ernst & Young, and KPMG) on our doorstep, your opportunity starts before you even leave our doors.
Kelley Indianapolis students are coveted and recruited for internships as early as their freshman year, giving you ample opportunity to try out different areas of accounting and different company cultures. And for many Kelley students, those internships turn into full-time positions in auditing, taxation, corporate accounting, and management consulting with corporate, government, and nonprofit organizations.
An accounting degree from Kelley Indianapolis also provides excellent background if you want to pursue a double major in finance or international studies or graduate work in accounting, taxation, business, public administration, or law.
What is the job outlook for accounting majors?
In two words: in demand.
Numbers drive business and complicated tax laws put those who master numbers at the top of the hire list. In fact, accounting takes the number two spot behind finance in the most sought after majors at the bachelor’s level, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ 2012 Job Outlook—above computer and information scientists and engineers.
How do you get there?
At Kelley Indianapolis, accounting majors quickly move their skills from classroom practice to real-business proficiency. Recruiters start shopping for accounting interns early. You could land an internship as early as your freshman year, helping you develop career insight, earn invaluable experience, and hone your competitive edge while you’re still in school.
- Degree Map Accounting with a concentration in Criminal Justice
- Degree Map Accounting with a concentration in Finance
- Degree Map Accounting with a concentration in Human Resources
- Degree Map Accounting with a concentration in International Business
- Degree Map Accounting with a concentration in Marketing
- Degree Map Accounting with a concentration in Supply Chain Management
- Degree requirements for accounting majors
- Accounting course descriptions
- Plan of Study PDF
Preparing for the CPA Exam.
Accounting graduates who meet the requirements of the Indiana Board of Accountancy are eligible to sit for the Uniform CPA Examination in Indiana. 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 board. For example, most states (including Indiana) require prospective CPAs to complete 150 semester hours of education.
Kelley has a graduate accounting program for students who wish to fulfill the education requirements to sit for the CPA exam. Students planning to practice outside of Indiana should consult the CPA board in their intended state of residence.
Meet the Kelley accounting faculty.
At Kelley, you’re more than a number. Our professors take the time to get to know you and your career goals. They care about your academic progress and help you pave a path toward career success.