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Accounting major

Accountants enjoy a variety of career opportunities. The demand for accountants almost always exceeds the supply, so jobs are relatively easy to find, even in a weak economy. In addition, the employment growth rate for accountants is projected to be above average for the foreseeable future. Because accounting is a critical component of business, it provides a great foundation for virtually all business careers.

Degree Options

UIndy offers two options for accounting majors: a CPA track and a non-CPA track.

CPA Track

UIndy is an accredited university that qualifies graduates with 150 credit hours to take the CPA exam for public accountancy licensure in Indiana. (Students planning to take the exam outside of Indiana should contact those state Boards of Public Accountancy for their specific licensure guidelines.) A UIndy bachelor's degree requires 124 credit hours. To earn the 150 credit hours needed for a CPA, you can choose to pursue the Accelerated BS/MBA program or double major. 

“All professors were excellent and personable. I never had a "bad" professor in my 5 total years at UIndy. Almost all of my classes had real-life cases in which we could get "out" of the textbook. There's much more to an education than a textbook, and UIndy's curriculum provides real-world applications that are extremely beneficial.”
Austin
accounting major and 5-year MBA graduate
Accelerated BS/MBA program

UIndy's Accelerated Bachelor's/MBA program allows students to complete the requirements for both a bachelor's degree and an MBA in five years. Learn more about this option. ►

Double Major

CPA-track accounting majors who don't enter the Accelerated BS/MBA program can pursue a double major in order to earn the 150 credit hours needed for a CPA. Other business majors often are good compliments to the accounting major. With summer courses, you can complete 150 credit hours in four years.

“I believe that UIndy has made me a very well-rounded individual and presented a great deal of opportunities to me that a larger university could not. I have gained a great understanding of my major and what it requires to be successful in it. I know with the skills I have obtained at UIndy, I would be valuable to many companies.”
Terrell
accounting major and IS minor

Non-CPA Track

The non-CPA track is a traditional four-year accounting program designed for students to earn 124 credit hours and graduate with a bachelor's degree. Non-CPA track students can find jobs in private and governmental accounting and qualify for other professional certifications, including Certified Management Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor and Certified Fraud Examiner.

Program Strengths

  • Small classes
  • Dedicated faculty
  • Personalized attention
  • Challenging yet supportive atmosphere
  • Flexibility to pursue a 5-year (required to sit for the CPA exam) or a 4-year track
  • Internship opportunities

Potential careers in Accounting

As an accounting major, you can choose many career and certification paths in public accounting, industry and government.

  • Public Accounting—Assurance Services (Auditing); Management Advisory Services; Tax Compliance and Advisory Services; Due Diligence; Financial Planning; Business Valuation
  • Industry—Financial, Regulatory and Managerial Reporting; Internal Auditing; Tax Accounting; Financial Analysis; Systems Design and Analysis
  • Government—Auditing; Financial and Regulatory Reporting; Fraud Investigation

Typical job titles might include:

  • Staff accountant
  • Auditor
  • Financial Analyst
  • Budget Analyst
  • Management Consultant
  • FBI Agent
  • IRS Agent
  • Underwriter
  • Tax Advisor
  • Systems Analyst
  • Forensic Accountant
  • Treasurer
  • Controller
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Chief Executive Officer

Certification opportunities

Accounting majors often pursue additional professional certifications after earning their degree. Obtaining professional certifications usually requires you to take an exam through the organization providing the certification. Common certifications for accounting majors include:

  • CPA (Certified Public Accountant)
  • CMA (Certified Management Accountant)
  • CIA (Certified Internal Auditor)
  • CFE (Certified Fraud Examiner)
  • EA (Enrolled Agent)
  • CFM (Certified Financial Manager)
  • CGFM (Certified Government Financial Manager)
  • CFP (Certified Financial Planner)
  • CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor)

Accounting might be for you if:

  • You have strong math and analytical skills combined with sound logic and reasoning ability
  • You have excellent written and oral communication skills
  • You pay attention to detail, but you also have the ability to see the big picture
  • You like to solve both structured and unstructured problems
  • You can think strategically
  • You have great people skills
  • You have good computer skills
  • You work well in teams
  • You have good time management skills
  • You have high moral values and ethical standards

Curriculum Guides

These curriculum guides outline the classes you'll need to take as an Accounting major. The general education curriculum guide lists your class options and requirements to fulfill UIndy's general education requirements, while the Accounting curriculum guide lists the classes needed to major in Accounting. You'll need to look at both guides to get a complete picture of what classes you'll take at UIndy.