Accounting Certificate and Degree Programs in Indianapolis, IN

Oct 04, 2018

Accounting Programs in Indianapolis

Students who want to study accounting in Indianapolis have several options at public and private colleges, all less than a half hour's drive from downtown. This article examines the accounting programs at three schools that are very near to the city's center. A table is also included that lists the types of schools and compares tuition, acceptance rates, financial aid data and enrollment figures for each. Three other schools with accounting programs near downtown Indianapolis are briefly discussed as well.

  • Butler University offers an undergraduate and a graduate program in accounting; students can earn both a bachelor's and master's degree in four years through an accelerated program. Butler is about six miles from the downtown area.
  • Indiana University-Purdue University - Indianapolis, less than 1.5 miles from the city's center, is the largest school profiled and offers the greatest number of accounting options, with one bachelor's degree and two master's programs.
  • Located less than five miles from the heart of the city is the University of Indianapolis, which provides a bachelor's degree program in accounting with separate tracks for students who wish to obtain Certified Public Accountant (CPA) status and those who do not.

Comparison of Schools

The cost of tuition is often a major factor that influences a student's choice of school, as is the availability of financial aid. Here is information on monetary factors at these schools, along with other facts, such as total enrollment and graduation rates.

Butler University Indiana University-Purdue University - Indianapolis University of Indianapolis
School Type 4-year, private not-for-profit 4-year, public 4-year, private not-for-profit
Total Enrollment (2017) 5,145* 29,791* 5,972*
Campus Setting Large city Large city Large city
Tuition and Fees (2017-2018) $39,860* $9,334 in-state; $29,806 out-of-state* $28,390*
% of First-Year Students Receiving Any Form of Financial Aid (2016-2017) 97%* 89%* 99%*
Acceptance Rate (2017) 65%* 80%* 82%*
Retention Rate (2016-2017) 89% for full-time students* 75% for full-time students; 48% for part-time students* 75% for full-time students; 41% for part-time students*
Undergraduate Graduation Rate (for students who began their studies in 2011) 79%* 45%* 56%*

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Butler University

The Butler University College of Business offers the accounting programs. They train students in teamwork, decision-making, leadership, problem-solving and communication skills from a business standpoint.

Bachelor of Science in Accounting

Students are required to take upper-level courses for their accounting major at this university. Topics include income taxation, auditing, accounting information systems, intermediate accounting and financial statements analysis.

Master of Professional Accounting

This school offers two tracks for this master's program. Students can complete the requirements to obtain an undergraduate accounting degree and a Master of Professional Accounting in only four years by choosing the accelerated program. The other track offers the traditional program, in which a student obtains the undergraduate and graduate degrees in five years. Core requirements cover business strategy and taxes, advanced auditing, advanced managerial accounting and leadership.

Indiana University-Purdue University - Indianapolis

This school, located near downtown Indianapolis, is a partnership between Indiana University and Purdue University. Accounting degree programs at this school are offered by the Kelley School of Business.

Bachelor of Science in Business - Accounting

The undergraduate business accounting curriculum prepares students for positions in auditing, taxation and accounting within various settings, including corporations, government agencies and nonprofit organizations. Required and elective courses for the undergraduate degree cover topics such as intermediate accounting, cost accounting, fund accounting and professional practices. Several of the elective classes are recommended for Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam preparation.

Master of Science in Accounting

Students who apply to this program without an accounting background must first complete prerequisite courses, which include statistics, commercial law, microeconomics, financial management and cost accounting. Core courses in this master's program cover auditing theory, advanced business law, federal income taxes and tax research. Students must complete 30 credit hours to graduate.

MBA in Accounting

This evening MBA program gives students the choice of several majors, including accounting. Students typically meet two evenings a week and can complete the 51 credits needed for graduation in 32 months. Opportunities to study abroad are available. The Kelley School of Business also offers an online MBA program.

University of Indianapolis

Students can pursue accounting programs at the University of Indianapolis. They're provided by the School of Business. This school offers two tracks for accounting majors.

Bachelor of Arts or Science in Accounting - Non-CPA Track

This 4-year, non-CPA track accounting program prepares students for careers in government and corporate accounting. Required courses for the degree include managerial accounting, financial accounting and accounting information systems. Students must earn at least 120 credit hours to earn the bachelor's degree in accounting.

CPA Track Degree Options

To take the Indiana exam for CPA licensure, 150 credit hours of college courses with an accounting emphasis are required. The University of Indianapolis offers two options to obtain the needed credits. Students can enroll in the accelerated program to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and a Master of Business Administration in five years. The other option is to earn the required credits in a double major at the undergraduate level.

Other School Options

Marian University, located roughly six miles from downtown Indianapolis, offers a bachelor's degree in accounting and awards a certificate at graduation for students who earn the 150 credit hours needed to sit for the CPA exam. Martin University, which is about five miles from downtown, and Franklin College in Franklin, less than 18 miles from downtown Indianapolis, each offer a bachelor's degree program in accounting.

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