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Indiana Accounting Schools

The colleges and universities in Indiana provide programs for accounting students from the undergraduate to the graduate levels, with a selection of degree programs from general accounting to specialist practice areas such as international business and financial operations. This page about accounting schools in Indiana contains important statistics and information on programs within the state that can support your accounting career. Online accounting schools also offer programs that can support your accounting career in a format that some students find to be more flexible than traditional on-campus study.

Quick School Facts:

  • 13 public colleges and universities offer an accounting degree program in Indiana.
  • 37 private colleges and universities offer an accounting degree in Indiana.
  • 15 schools offer a certificate in accounting.
  • 18 schools offer an associate’s degree in accounting.
  • 35 schools offer a bachelor’s degree in accounting.
  • 4 schools ranked in Businessweek’s Top Undergraduate Business Programs in 2013: University of Notre Dame (1), Indiana University (13), Butler University (47), Purdue University (58).
  • 3 schools ranked in US News Best Business Schools in 2013 (graduate schools): Indiana University-Bloomington (22), University of Notre Dame (27), Purdue University-West Lafayette (44).

Read on to find more information about accounting schools in Indiana as well as career and salary projections for accountants.

AACSB Accredited Accounting Programs in Indiana

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business is a globally recognized organization that provides accreditation for undergraduate and graduate accounting programs. Only 180 accounting programs are currently accredited and have been found to meet the rigorous standards established by the AACSB. The following accounting programs in Indiana have been accredited by the AACSB:

Ball State University (The Miller College of Business)
Indiana University, Bloomington/Indianapolis (Kelley School of Business)
University of Notre Dame (Mendoza College of Business)
University of Southern Indiana (Romain College of Business)
University of South Alabama (Mitchell College of Business)

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

The following schools had the highest first-time CPA exam pass rates in Indiana in 2013 for candidates with a bachelor’s degree:

  1. University of Notre Dame 83.6%
  2. Butler University
  3. Indiana University Bloomington
  4. University of Southern Indiana

This list includes the top schools in Indiana with at least 20 candidates. There were 28 schools in Indiana that sent first-time candidates with a bachelor’s degree and the pass rate ranged from 8.3% to 83.6% (including schools with fewer than 20 candidates) according to the 2013 NASBA report. For data on all schools, see the 2013 NASBA Uniform CPA Examination Candidate Performance report provided by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy.

Indiana Accounting Graduate Degree Programs

Ball State University

Ball State University offers a Master’s in Accounting through its Miller College of Business designed for those who majored in business for an undergraduate degree. The Ball State University’s accounting department is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International and helps students develop accounting and critical thinking skills while preparing for the Uniform CPA Exam. The program curriculum includes several seminars that cover topics like international accounting issues and professional issues. Several accounting firms including the Big 4 come to Muncie to recruit students. Ball State University has an outstanding faculty, a commitment to incorporating real-world experience in its educational programs, and a history of community engagement.

Notre Dame

University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business offers a Master of Science in Accountancy program in which students may choose one of two specialties, Financial Reporting and Assurance Services or Tax Services. The University of Notre Dame Master of Science in Accountancy degree programs are consistently ranked as among the best in the US in the Public Accountancy Report and the program has an extensive alumni network. The University of Notre Dame is located in Notre Dame, Indiana, and is known for its commitment to academic excellence as much as for its NCAA Division I athletics.

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Indiana Accounting Undergraduate Degree Programs

Indiana University

Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business offers a Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree program that is regularly counted among the top programs in the US. This Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree equips students with a firm understanding of auditing, taxation, and accounting information systems, as well as communications and business. Accounting students are involved in student organizations like Beta Alpha Psi and the Student Accounting Society. Indiana University’s main campuses are in Bloomington and Indianapolis, Indiana, with six additional regional campuses across Indiana.

Purdue University

Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management offers a Bachelor of Science degree in management with a major in accounting. In addition to covering the mathematics and principles of accounting, Purdue University’s Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree program gives students a comprehensive background in business with an accounting focus. Purdue University’s main campus is in West Lafayette, Indiana. Purdue University has been ranked as a “Best Buy” university by Smart Money, as one of the nation’s “Best Colleges” by US News, and as one of the “Top World Universities” by The Times and Thomson Reuters.

Top Ranked Accounting Schools in Indiana

US News Best Undergrad Accounting Programs
University of Notre Dame #6 (2012)
Indiana University – Bloomington #8

US News Best Accounting MBA Programs
Indiana University – Bloomington (Kelley) #12
University of Notre Dame (Mendoza) #17

Businessweek Top Undergraduate Accounting Programs
Notre Dame (Mendoza) #3 (2012)
University of Indiana (Kelley) #16
Butler University #82
Purdue University (Krannert) #91

Career Opportunities for Accounting Grads in Indiana

Accounting grads in Indiana are able to take advantage of Indiana’s geographically central location in starting an accountancy career, since many of the nation’s top accounting firms have a presence in the state. Accounting grads are also able to find positions with local businesses and state and local government. Virtually all state government entities coordinate hiring through Indiana’s state jobs portal, where there are often postings for accountants and auditors in locations throughout the state. BKD CPAs & Advisors is a national accounting firm offering accounting, auditing, assurance, tax, and supporting services to clients. Although it is a national firm, BKD has strong ties to Indiana. BKD frequently hires accounting grads. Katz Sapper & Miller, based in Indianapolis, was recently named one of the Best of the Best Firms by INSIDE Public Accounting. Katz Sapper & Miller invites recent accounting grads to apply to open positions with the firm.

Indiana Accounting Salary and Jobs by Metro Area

Metro Area Accountants & Auditors Employed Average Annual Salary
Bloomington 350 $62,690
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville 33,640 $74,280
Cincinnati-Middletown 7,430 $67,950
Indianapolis-Carmel 8,150 $69,760
Lafayette 340 $70,510
South Bend-Mishawaka 940 $59,350

Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics as of May 2011.

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Schools with Accounting Degree Programs in Indiana

Indiana University (Bloomington, IN)
107 S. Indiana Ave.
Bloomington, IN
47405-7000
(812) 855-4848
https://www.indiana.edu/

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
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Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (Fort Wayne, IN)
2101 East Coliseum Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN
46805
(260) 481-6100
http://www.ipfw.edu/

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

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

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
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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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References:
1. National Center for Education Statistics: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/
2. Businessweek Top Business School Rankings Undergraduate Business School Programs: http://www.bloomberg.com/businessweek/graphics/2013-bs-undergrad-rankings/rankings2.html
3. US News & World Report Best Graduate Business Schools: http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-graduate-schools/top-business-schools/mba-rankings/