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Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Accounting 

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Many accounting students at Marian University choose to take the CPA Exam through the American Institute of CPAs.

Typically, students who attend other universities are advised to accumulate 150 credit hours before they take the exam.

Here is the difference at Marian:

  • Marian University's flexible accounting program allows you to choose whether you accumulate the 150 hours over eight, nine, or ten semesters.
  • You will work with an accounting adviser to develop a personal plan of study that fits your schedule and your career goals.
  • Regardless of which you choose, you'll be prepared to take the CPA Exam upon completion.

What else makes our accounting program different?

Compared to other universities, Marian University offers a full-time accounting internship during which you will earn 12 academic credit hours. Why is this important?

  • Students in our accounting internship program are considered full-time students for financial aid, insurance, and on-campus living purposes. So you won't have to move or interrupt your campus living arrangements during the academic year, since many full-time internships exist in the Indianapolis area.

During your internship, you won't need to take any other classes and are able to:

  1. Take advantage of an outstanding networking and professional development opportunity to learn from experienced professionals.
  2. Travel if your work assignments require it.
  3. Work overtime to help your firm manage workloads during peak periods, like fiscal year ends and income tax season.

Another difference is that the Becker CPA Exam Review is part of our regular accounting curriculum and is offered at no additional cost to you.

  • The Becker CPA Exam Review is the largest provider for CPA Exam preparation materials in the world.
  • Accounting students interested in taking the CPA Exam can elect to take the Becker CPA Exam Review in their last semester as a part of their full-time tuition.
  • An additional benefit it is that you'll have a built-in group of student peers and study partners to prepare for the CPA Exam.

Employment Outlook

Employment of accountants and auditors is expected to grow by double digits over the next 10 years. Job opportunities should be favorable; accountants and auditors who have a professional certification, especially CPAs, should have the best prospects.  An increase in the number of businesses, changing financial laws and corporate governance regulations, and increased accountability for protecting an organization's stakeholders will drive job growth.

(Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Handbook: http://www.bls.gov/oco/ )

Course Requirements: Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Accounting

You'll complete 39 hours from the common business core plus 33 hours in accounting and finance including:

  • FIN 111: Personal Finance
  • ACC 250: Intro to Financial and Managerial Accounting
  • FIN 311: Advanced Managerial Finance
  • ACC 310: Advanced Managerial Accounting
  • ACC 320: Intermediate Financial Accounting I
  • ACC 321: Intermediate Financial Accounting II
  • ACC 430: Tax Accounting
  • ACC 431: Advanced Tax Accounting
  • ACC 440: Auditing
  • ACC 455: Cases and Problems in ACC/FIN

Choose one elective from:

  • MIS 320: Business Decision Support Systems
  • FIN 411: International Finance

150-Hour Accounting Program:

  • The State of Indiana requires that a first-time CPA exam candidate must obtain at least 150 credit hours of college education, including a bachelor or higher degree conferred by an accredited college or university.
  • This law applies only to individuals who plan to sit for the CPA examination. Students receive a B.S. degree in accounting from Marian University after the completion of the traditional four-year program of 128 credit hours.
  • Students choosing to complete of the 150-hour program may do so through a variety of options.

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Professor Kevin Huston
Assistant Dean Tom Gjerde 


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