Accounting Schools in Indiana

    The colleges and universities in Indiana provide different undergraduate and graduate degree options for those interested in studying accounting. This page provides information about Indiana accounting certificates and degrees as well as options for on-campus, online, and hybrid programs. Prospective students will learn about specific programs, rankings, and accounting career possibilities in the state of Indiana.

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    Comparison of Indiana Accounting Schools and Programs

    The table below provides detailed information on not-for-profit accounting programs in Indiana to help you compare your options. Programs that appear in bold text offer hybrid or online options. For further school statistics, including median SAT, ACT, and GMAT scores, see the tables on our Indiana business schools page, which break out information at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

    SchoolAccreditationAccounting Degree(s)Acceptance Rate10Grad Rate1Avg Net Price1Median Debt*10Median Earnings 10 Years After Entry**10
    Anderson UniversityACBSPBA-Accounting;
    BA-Accounting: CMA Preparation;
    3-Year BA-Accounting;
    4-Year BA-Accounting to MBA
    Ball State UniversityAACSBBA-Accounting;
    MS-Accounting: Professional Accounting;
    MS-Accounting: Research and Analytics
    Bethel UniversityBA-accounting;
    Butler UniversityBS-Accounting;
    3-Year Accelerated BS-Accounting;
    4-Year BS to MPAcc;
    5-Year BS to MPAcc;
    MPAcc-Financial Reporting;
    Calumet College of Saint JosephAS-Accounting;
    BS-Accounting: Forensic Accounting;
    Earlham CollegeBA-Accounting69.1%75%$25,746$23,488$45,931
    Franklin CollegeBA-Accounting;
    BA-Accounting: 4-Year Accelerated Track;
    BA-Business: Accounting;
    Goshen CollegeBA-Accounting;
    Grace College and Theological SeminaryBA/BS-Accounting;
    BA/BS-Accounting: CPA Exam Business Analysis & Reporting;
    BA/BS-Accounting: CPA Exam Tax Compliance & Planning;
    4-Year BA/BS-Accounting to MBA
    Huntington UniversityBS-Accounting;
    3-Year BS-Accounting;
    Minor-Forensic Accounting;
    4/5-Year BS-Accounting to MBA
    Indiana Institute of TechnologyIACBEAS-Accounting;
    3-Year BS-Accounting;
    UG Cert-Accounting
    Indiana Institute of Technology-College of Professional StudiesAS-Accounting;
    3-Year BS-Accounting;
    UG Cert-Accounting;
    UG Cert-Advanced Accounting;
    4/5-Year BS to MBA-Accounting;
    MBA-Accounting: CPA Prep;
    MBA-Accounting: CMA Prep
    Indiana State UniversityBS-Accounting;
    Indiana University-BloomingtonAACSBBSB-Accounting;
    5-Year BSB-Accounting to MBA;
    MBA-Accounting: Financial Analysis;
    MS-Accounting with Data and Analytics
    Indiana University-EastACBSPBS-Accounting;
    Minor-Financial Forensic Investigations
    Indiana University-IndianapolisBSB-Accounting: CPA Exam Prep;
    BSB-Accounting: Internal Auditing;
    Dual MSA/MBA;
    Grad Cert-Accounting;
    Grad Cert-Taxation;
    Grad Cert-Internal Audit
    Indiana University-KokomoBS-Accounting;
    Grad Cert-Accounting
    Indiana University-NorthwestBSB-Accounting/Finance;
    Grad Cert-Accounting
    Indiana University-South BendBSB-Accounting;
    Indiana University-SoutheastBS-Accounting;
    Grad Cert-Accounting
    Indiana Wesleyan University-MarionACBSPAS-Accounting;
    Indiana Wesleyan University-National & GlobalAS-Accounting;
    MSA: Financial Accounting;
    MSA: Managerial Accounting;
    MSA: Public Accounting
    Ivy Tech Community CollegeACBSPAAS-Accounting;
    UG Cert-Accounting;
    UG Cert-Enrolled Agent;
    UG Cert-Professional Bookkeeping and Payroll
    Manchester UniversityBS-Accounting;
    4-Year BS-Accounting to MAcc;
    Marian UniversityIACBEBS-Accounting;
    BS-Accounting: 150-Hour Accounting Program;
    Oakland City UniversityIACBEAS-Accounting;
    Purdue University Fort WayneBSB-Accounting;
    Grad Cert-Accounting
    Purdue University GlobalAAS-Accounting;
    BS-Accounting: Auditing and Forensic Accountancy;
    BS-Accounting: Managerial Accountancy;
    BS-Accounting: Public Accountancy;
    BS-Accounting: Tax Accountancy;
    MS-Accounting: Private/Corporate Accounting – CMA Track;
    MS-Accounting: Public Accounting – CPA Track;
    MS-Accounting: Tax
    Grad Cert-Accounting
    Purdue University NorthwestBS-Accounting;
    MAcc-Forensic Accounting Analysis;
    Purdue University-Main CampusBS-Accounting;
    BS-Accounting: Data Analytics;
    BS-Accounting: Finance;
    BS-Accounting: Hospitality and Tourism Management;
    BS-Accounting: Innovation Management;
    BS-Accounting: International Business;
    BS-Accounting: Management Consulting;
    BS-Accounting: Management Information Systems;
    BS-Accounting: Marketing;
    BS-Accounting: Operation & Supply Chain Management;
    MSA Pathway Program;
    Saint Mary-of-the-Woods CollegeAS-Accounting;
    BS-Accounting: Entrepreneurship;
    BS-Accounting: Professional Preparation;
    Saint Mary’s CollegeBBA-Accounting;
    BBA-Accounting: Finance;
    BBA-Accounting: International Business;
    BBA-Accounting: Management;
    BBA-Accounting: Management Information Systems;
    BBA-Accounting: Marketing;
    BBA-Business Administration: Accounting
    Taylor UniversityBA-Accounting;
    Trine UniversityAS-Accounting;
    4/5-Year Integrated BSBA-Accounting to MBA
    Trine University-Regional/Non-Traditional CampusesAS-Accounting;
    University of EvansvilleBS-Accounting;
    BS-Accounting/BSBA-Logistics and Supply Chain;
    BS-Accounting/BSBA-Global Business
    University of IndianapolisBS-Accounting;
    5-Year BS-Accounting to MBA
    University of Notre DameAACSBBBA-Accountancy;
    4.5-Year BBA to MSA;
    MSA-Assurance and Advisory Services;
    MSA-Assurance and Advisory Services: Data Analytics;
    MSA-Tax Services;
    MSA-Tax Services: Data Analytics
    University of Saint Francis-Fort WayneBS-Accounting;
    BS-Accounting: CPA Track;
    MS-Accounting: Corporate Social Responsibility;
    MS-Accounting: Economics;
    MS-Accounting: General Accounting;
    MS-Accounting: Healthcare Management;
    MS-Accounting: Healthcare Operations;
    MS-Accounting: Higher Education Administration;
    MS-Accounting: Human Resource Management;
    MS-Accounting: Marketing
    MS-Accounting: Nonprofit Organizational Management;
    MS-Accounting: Operations Management;
    MS-Accounting: Supply Chain Management
    University of Southern IndianaAACSBBA/BS-Accounting and Professional Services;
    BA/BS-Accounting and Professional Services: Investment Accounting;
    BA/BS-Accounting and Professional Services: Taxation;
    Grad Cert-Accounting
    Valparaiso UniversityBSBA-Accounting;
    5-Year BSBA-Accounting to MBA
    Vincennes UniversityAAS-Accounting;
    UG Cert-Accounting;
    UG Cert-Accounting Principles

    Table Notes:
    *Median Debt: The median debt is the cumulative federal loan debt, excluding PLUS loans, at the time of graduation for students who completed an undergraduate program (certificate, associate, or bachelor’s degree) as reported by College Scorecard for academic year 2020-2021 based on ‚Äč‚ÄčNational Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) data.
    **Median Earnings 10 Years After Entry: Median earnings are the middle value of earnings, at which half earned more and half earned less, measured 10 years (2020-2021) after the first year of study (2010-2011) for all students, institution-wide, who received federal loans and who are employed but not enrolled in school. Note that this value includes those who completed their program of study as well as those who discontinued study without receiving an award.

    Top-Ranked Accounting Schools in Indiana

    College rankings can be a useful tool to measure the overall reputation of a school or program. Weighing multiple rankings when evaluating your college choices can be helpful because different publishers may use different ranking factors in their methodologies. While the best program for your goals may rely on a combination of factors not typically considered in overall rankings, such as location or funding, seeing a program ranked on multiple lists can be a strong indication of reputation and academic quality.

    College Factual’s Best Accounting Schools 2023

    • University of Notre Dame (#2)
    • Purdue University-West Lafayette (#45)
    • Indiana University-Bloomington (#72)
    • Butler University (#88)
    • Indiana Wesleyan University (#187)
    • Valparaiso University (#209)
    • Ivy Tech Community College (#222)
    • Ball State University (#240)
    • Taylor University (#248)2

    Princeton Review’s Great Schools for Accounting Majors 2023

    • Indiana University-Bloomington3

    US News & World Report’s Best MBA Accounting Programs 2023

    • Indiana University (#7)
    • University of Notre Dame (#13 tie)4

    US News & World Report’s Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Programs 2023

    • Indiana University-Online (#20 tie)
    • Ball State University (#24 tie)
    • Indiana State University (#32 tie)
    • Purdue University-Fort Wayne (#44 tie)
    • Marian University (#127 tie)
    • Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (#141 tie)
    • Indiana Tech (#157 tie)
    • Oakland City University (#170-214)5

    US News & World Report’s Best Undergrad Accounting Programs 2022-2023

    • Indiana University-Bloomington (#4)
    • University of Notre Dame (#6 tie)6

    Highest First-Time CPA Exam Pass Rate with a Bachelor’s Degree

    The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) releases reports including data on candidate performance on the Uniform CPA Exam.11 The following schools had the highest first-time CPA exam pass rates in Indiana in 2019 (the most recent report available*) for candidates with a bachelor’s degree, with the overall pass rate for first-time test-takers in Indiana being 57.3%:

    1. University of Notre Dame 85.5%
    2. Bethel University 83.3%
    3. Indiana Univeristy-Bloomington 81.0%
    4. Franklin College 80.0%
    5. Grace College and Seminary 76.5%
    6. Indiana University-Southeast 75.0%

    *As NASBA makes significant changes to the CPA Exam as part of the CPA Evolution initiative, new candidate score reports by state are not anticipated until at least mid-2024.

    Schools in Indiana with Accounting Degrees

    To give you an idea of the breadth and depth of accounting degrees offered in Indiana, we have profiled select programs below. Be sure to visit the websites of programs of interest for more detailed information on courses, admissions requirements and deadlines, and faculty.

    Undergraduate Accounting Programs

    Butler University

    The Lacy School of Business at Butler University offers a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Accounting. This program is ideal for those interested in a career in corporate or public accounting or those looking to work in managerial or leadership roles in business. Students take upper-level accounting courses such as Advanced Managerial Accounting, Financial Statements Analysis, and Accounting Information Systems. Butler emphasizes experiential learning, and undergraduates complete two required internships, with opportunities in private and public accounting or accounting-focused study abroad programs. Butler offers a three-year path for students who want to complete their degree at an accelerated rate, allowing them to complete both their BS degree and Butler’s Master of Professional Accounting (MPA) degree in just four years.

    University of Notre Dame

    The Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame) offers a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Accountancy. This program focuses on fundamental accounting knowledge as well as analytical and problem-solving skills through courses such as Strategic Cost Management; Ethics in Accounting; and Audit and Assurance Services. Students learn how to analyze and communicate a business’s financial information and make management decisions. Through AP credits and overloads, many students can fulfill the 150 credit hours for CPA licensure as undergraduates, while others choose to pursue a Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) from Notre Dame. The Mendoza College of Business emphasizes professional development skills, and students are also encouraged to work as consultants for local organizations and businesses or volunteer in the community with the Tax Assistance Program.

    Graduate Accounting Programs

    Indiana University-Bloomington

    At the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University Bloomington (IU Bloomington), students can earn a STEM-designated Master of Science in Accounting with Data and Analytics (MSADA) degree. This is an intensive one-year program that focuses on relevant skills and foundations for the accounting field. The technical accounting curriculum emphasizes knowledge of assurance, data analytics, risk management, and taxation, and students learn through team projects, collaborative learning exercises, and case analyses. The program is 30 credit hours, and students can choose to tailor their electives to their interests. MASADA students participate in experiential learning through opportunities such as a semester-long field consulting project for a regional business or the Washington Campus Accounting and Public Policy Course that culminates in a three-day trip to Washington DC. Those interested in the CPA designation can complete the optional six-week Becker Professional Education CPA Review Course at the end of the program. IU Bloomington’s undergraduate accounting students also have the option to apply for their 3/2 Master of Business Administration (MBA) Program, which allows them to complete their undergraduate degree in three years and earn an MBA after an additional two years of study. Both the MASADA and 3/2 MBA programs meet the educational requirements for Indiana’s CPA examination. To make post-graduation plans, all students can take advantage of the Graduate Career Services office and extensive alumni network to find connections and opportunities.

    Purdue University

    Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management offers a Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) degree with a CPA-focused track for students interested in public and corporate accounting or a CPA/Certified Management Accountant (CMA) track that focuses on specialized corporate accounting. This two-semester, 30-credit-hour program is ideal for those interested in working in accounting firms, corporations, non-profits, government organizations, and investment and financial services firms. Students learn advanced accounting theory as well as analytical and technical skills used in the industry. Required courses include Advanced Auditing and Auditing Analytics; Business Law for Accountants; and Communication for Accountants. The curriculum prepares students to pursue professional designations such as CPA or CMA. Purdue also emphasizes experiential learning in the field, offering opportunities to consult or work with startups and non-profits in the area.

    Online and Hybrid Accounting Programs

    Ball State University

    At Ball State University, students can earn a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) in Accounting fully online through the Miller College of Business. Students start with general education courses before beginning foundational courses in the business school and specialized accounting coursework. The curriculum covers the fundamentals of accounting and business, but students also learn about related fields like economics, business law, marketing, and information systems. Core accounting courses include Professional Practice of Accounting; Accounting Systems and Analytics; and Auditing Principles and Practices. Students can also choose from numerous accounting electives. Classes are delivered in an asynchronous format, allowing students to complete the degree at their own pace. Every Ball State student is assigned a Student Success Specialist who helps with course selection, provides career advice, and is available to assist with questions or concerns.

    Indiana Wesleyan University-National & Global

    At Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU)-National & Global, students can earn an Associate of Science (AS) and a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Accounting on campus or entirely online. These degrees are designed for working professionals who want to gain a stronger foundation in accounting theory, taxation, and auditing. Coursework also focuses on analytical skills relevant to management and problem-solving in organizations. Students can complete coursework online according to their schedule and have the option to choose some onsite options at select locations. The AS degree can be completed in 24 months and depending on transfer credits and prerequisites, students can complete the BS program in as little as 18 months. Students may continue to IWU’s online Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) program, which offers specializations in Financial Accounting, Public Accounting, and Managerial Accounting. The curriculum comprises 36 credits and requires 12 core courses that include Foundations of Graduate Business, Financial Accounting Theory, and Nonprofit Financial Statement Analysis. The MSA program has start dates in August, October, and November and can be completed in 18 months.

    University of Southern Indiana

    The University of Southern Indiana (USI) offers an online Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree with an Accounting Concentration. The curriculum focuses on management accounting tools and leadership skills. Through courses such as Financial Statement Analysis and Accounting Regulation and Compliance, students learn how to interpret financial statements, analyze business problems, and create an organizational strategy from a global perspective. Classwork also focuses on collaborative problem-solving and critical thinking strategies. USI’s MBA in Accounting program does not have accounting prerequisites to apply, making it ideal for individuals without an undergraduate accounting degree. While the program attracts students from diverse professional and educational backgrounds, it is not designed for those interested in taking the CPA exam. This 30-credit hour online degree can be completed in as little as 11 months.

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    Indiana CPA Requirements

    The Indiana Board of Accountancy (the Board) requires that CPA candidates complete 150 semester hours of credit at the undergraduate and graduate level. Graduates must have at least a bachelor’s degree with semester hours in both accounting and business disciplines. After completing 150 semester hours, candidates can sit for the Uniform CPA examination. Individuals must then complete one year of experience in the accounting field, which must be verified by a CPA. When all of these conditions are met, candidates can apply for CPA licensure. To maintain this professional designation, CPAs must complete continued professional education (CPE) hours through industry events, courses, and seminars.

    Career Opportunities for Accounting Grads in Indiana

    Accounting graduates in Indiana may be able to take advantage of Indiana’s geographically central location, as many of the nation’s top accounting firms have a presence in the state. Indiana is home to large CPA firms such as Forvis and KSM, and these firms or others may offer many different accounting positions. Accounting grads may also be able to find positions within state and local government or local and regional businesses. Those with accounting degrees in Indiana may have an advantage in finding positions in the state’s accounting and finance industry.

    Indiana Accounting Salary and Jobs by Metro Area

    Metro AreaAccountants & Auditors Employed12Average Annual Salary12
    Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI41,390$87,670
    Cincinnati, OH-KY-IN10,040$79,400
    Lafayette-West Lafayette510$74,080
    Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN5,030$77,580
    South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI1,100$74,510

    Indiana Schools with Accounting Degree Programs

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    Indiana University
    107 S. Indiana Ave
    Bloomington, IN
    (812) 855-4848

    Student Review: “The accounting program at Indiana University was a positive experience, but I wish I would have received a better value. The professors and associate instructors were all very knowledgeable. Many were very friendly, and made themselves available to answer questions, and offer advice. I feel that there was a lot of guidance in terms of career direction and marketability. However, the instruction was mainly very theoretical, and not very logistical or pragmatic. Also, some of my classes were online through another campus branch, and I felt that I wasn’t receiving added value by taking this degree program at IU. Had I gone to a local college, or an online school, I feel like I would have received the same training, but at a much lower cost of tuition. IU was a great school, but I got what I put into it, and not a whole lot more, so in the end, I would have preferred a cheaper education” -Student at Indiana University

    Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
    2101 East Coliseum Blvd
    Fort Wayne, IN 46805
    (260) 481-6100

    Student Review: “My overall experience at Indiana University Purdue University at Fort Wayne was a very good experience. I enjoyed my time as a student athlete playing baseball, as well as my academics within the Accounting Department. The courses were tough and made me work to achieve the grades that I was accustomed to. I enjoyed the Professors within the department, as they genuinely cared for their students and worked to help each of them achieve success. One thing that I thought could be improved was that being a smaller school, not every required course was offered each semester so there were times I was not able to take courses that I needed because they weren’t offered during a particular semester.” -Student at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne

    Indiana Wesleyan University
    4201 S Washington St
    Marion, IN 46953
    (765) 674-6901

    Student Review: “My experience at Indiana Wesleyan University was a very great one. I chose to do the express degree program. In this program one class at a time is presented to the student in a three, four, five, or six week time frame. This made for a tight schedule for the student, but a quick way to earn the degree. The classes were offered off campus in an online setting, so someone who lived out of state or even out of the country could obtain a four year degree. This was a perfect situation for me as a student because I live in a rural area with the nearest University being several miles away. The instructors for this program were very helpful and understanding. The online environment was very friendly. Grades, homework, and instructors were very accessible even with students who were in different time zones. This, of course, helped with students who were in the military stationed half-way around the world. When it became time to get a job with my degree, I was able to do so in a matter of months. I recommend Indiana Wesleyan University’s online accounting program to anyone.” -Nicole M., student at Indiana Wesleyan University

    Ivy Tech Community College
    220 Dean Johnson Blvd
    South Bend, IN 46601
    (574) 289-7001

    Student Review: “Overall I have enjoyed the time I have spent studying at Ivy Tech University in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The field of study I chose to Business. It has provided me with many opportunities that I am thankful for. The thing I enjoyed most about attending Ivy Tech was the ability to take online courses when I needed to. This helped me with my hectic everyday schedule and it allowed me to continue working and not worry about changing my work schedule very much at all. All the advisors are very friendly and are always willing to help with anything I needed.” -Joshua G., student at Ivy Tech Community College

    Student Review: “The Accounting program offered at Ivy Tech was not only an educational experience but a very rewarding one. I not only gained valuable skills and knowledge that have helped me in my current job, but also gained valuable friendships with not only students, but teachers. When I first started attending I didn’t know much about accounting and now I know a great deal. This is a testament to how well the program worked for me. I was thankful that I was eased into accounting. My teachers did not “throw me to the wolves,” so to speak. They started with the basics as any good teacher should and gradually provided me with harder work. Keep in mind I also had to take the basic college courses that everyone has to take before they focus on the classes that are required by their major, so I had a lot on my plate during my stint at Ivy Tech. I couldn’t have done it without the great teachers who always made themselves available whether it was through email or phone calls. One of my former teachers also helped me land an accounting job as soon as I graduated and for that I am grateful.” -Student at Ivy Tech Community College

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    1. National Center for Education Statistics:
    2. College Factual Best Accounting Schools 2023:
    3. The Princeton Review. The Best 382 Colleges 2023 Edition. Penguin Random House, 2022.
    4. US News & World Report’s Best MBA Accounting Programs:
    5. US News & World Report’s Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Programs 2023:
    6. US News & World Report’s Best Undergraduate Accounting Programs:
    7. Association to Advance College Schools of Business, Accredited Universities and Schools, Business & Accounting:
    8. Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, Accredited Schools, Separate Accounting:
    9. International Accreditation Council for Business Education, Members:
    10. Department of Education College Scorecard:
    11. The NASBA Candidate Performance Report, 2019 University Edition:
    12. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics, May 2022 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Indiana: