Accounting Curriculum

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Accounting Major

The accounting major includes nine courses in areas such as financial and cost accounting, federal income taxation, accounting systems, and auditing theory and practice.


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Accounting Minor

A minor may be obtained by taking 12 hours of upper-level courses.

Through the university's Degree Link Program, students attending community or two-year colleges may easily transfer their work to Indiana State and complete the accounting minor on the web.


Forensic Accounting Minor

Our forensic accounting, new in the fall of 2005, provides the necessary accounting investigative skills to detect and prevent fraud. In addition to basic accounting courses required for the major, the minor includes courses in fraud examination, criminal law and procedures, and criminal investigation.


"Forensic accounting is one of the hottest things going on right now. It's going to be the accounting students who will wind up working for these firms, and they're going to be on the front lines seeing the fraud, and seeing these books and records prepared."

-- Jack Massey
Special agent for the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division
during an Adrian Project event at Indiana State


CPA Exam Educational Requirements in Indiana

Effective September 2, 2001, all first-time candidates applying for the Uniform CPA Examination in Indiana must obtain at least one hundred fifty (150) semester hours of college education, including a baccalaureate or higher degree from an accredited college or university. As part of the one hundred fifty (150) semester hours, an applicant must meet any one (1) of the following conditions:

(1) Earned a graduate degree from a college or university that is accredited by an accrediting organization recognized by the board, and completed:

(A) at least twenty-four (24) semester hours in accounting at the undergraduate level or fifteen (15) semester hours in accounting at the graduate level; and

(B) at least twenty-four (24) semester hours in business administration and economics courses, other than accounting courses, at the undergraduate or graduate level.


The accounting courses must include courses covering the subjects of financial accounting, auditing, taxation, and managerial accounting. If the accounting hours are a mixture of graduate and undergraduate hours, the higher number of required hours applies. The business administration courses may include up to six (6) semester hours of business and tax law courses and up to six (6) semester hours of computer science courses.

It is recommended that accounting students meet the 150-hour requirement by:

Completing an MBA degree or obtaining a minor or double major in a related field such as Finance, or Insurance and Risk Management