Accounting (BS)


The University offers a bachelor of science (BS) in accounting.

The Accounting Program serves as excellent preparation to become a licensed certified public accountant. Study for a variety of accounting-related certifications also is enhanced by completion of the major. In addition, the program serves as excellent background for students who plan to complete an MBA or a master's in accounting.

Coursework includes required accounting courses plus electives in areas such as:

  • Accounting information systems
  • Auditing
  • Data analytics in accounting
  • Financial and management accounting
  • Nonprofit accounting
  • Taxation

In addition, students complete a core of business courses required of all business students—and the University's Foundational Studies Program, which provides the knowledge students need in critical thinking, leadership, and interpersonal and communication skills.

Indiana State's accounting program is distinctive in its emphasis on providing students with classroom learning, practical experience, and extracurricular activities that result in exciting and challenging study. The program includes small classes taught by qualified professors who have both academic credentials and practical business experience.

Emphasis also is placed on assisting students in finding internship opportunities to earn academic credit and paid on-the-job experience. Many students, especially those completing the additional hours needed to take the Certified Public Accountant Examination, find these internships offer them the chance to earn six hours toward this requirement and frequently lead to full-time job offers. The program also works closely with accounting professionals to offer students networking opportunities and career contacts.

A chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, the national professional fraternity for financial information professionals, is very active on campus and in the local community. The organization offers students participation in activities, conferences, and workshops that promote self-development and association among members and practicing professionals (local, regional, and national), and encourages ethical, social, and public responsibility. As a Beta Alpha Psi member, students have the opportunity to attend Midwest and national conferences. To enhance classroom learning, the honorary fraternity frequently brings guest speakers in the areas of accounting, finance, and business information to campus.

Special Note: The Accounting Program is offered on the Terre Haute campus. The program is also offered via online learning.

Required Courses


The combination of classroom study, experiential learning experiences, and professional and leadership opportunities makes our graduates highly qualified for a variety of careers.

Accounting careers are available in all sectors of society from business and industry to government or nonprofit organizations. The program also offers opportunities for continuing study that leads to certifications in accounting, finance, and management; to licensure as a CPA; or to graduate study in business administration and accounting.

The most common career paths for accounting majors are listed below.

Public Accounting

  • Assurance services
  • Consulting services
  • Information technology services
  • Forensic accounting
  • International accounting
  • Tax and financial planning

Corporate Accounting

  • Budgeting
  • Cost analyst
  • Financial reporting
  • Internal auditing
  • Tax
  • Treasury

Government and Not-for-Profit Accounting

  • FBI
  • IRS
  • GAO
  • State Board of Accounts
  • Hospitals


  • High school
  • College

In addition, all programs in the Scott College of Business are accredited by the AACSB International.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Students have many sources of financial support for their studies, including financial aid, work-study programs, veterans' benefits, and special scholarships for entering freshmen and transfer students.

In addition, the Scott College of Business offers a number of scholarships and financial awards designated specifically for accounting majors.

Further Information

Prospective students should contact the Office of Admissions for further information and assistance.

Currently enrolled students should contact the following:

Accounting Program
Scott College of Business
Indiana State University


The Graduate Catalog and Undergraduate Catalog of Indiana State University are the documents of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalogs supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time.



Prospective students should contact the Office of Admissions for further information and assistance.

Currently enrolled students should contact the following:

Accounting Program
Scott College of Business
Indiana State University