Many of the accounting students at Marian University choose to take the CPA Exam. Students from any university must accumulate 150 credit hours before they take the exam. Here is the difference at Marian. Our flexible program allows you to choose whether you accumulate the 150 hours over eight, nine, or ten semesters. Most universities tell you that you will spend ten semesters at their university to accumulate the 150 credit hours. You will work with an accounting advisor to develop a plan that allows you to choose eight, nine, or ten semesters to graduate with an accounting degree and be eligible to take the CPA Exam.
Another difference is that Marian University offers a full-time accounting internship in which students earn twelve credits. Internships are typically with accounting firms during the spring semester. Why are twelve credits important? The students in our full-time accounting internship program are full-time students for financial aid, insurance, and on campus living requirements. So, our students in the full-time accounting internships do not take any other classes and are able to:
1. Concentrate on this outstanding opportunity to learn from experienced professionals;
2. Travel if their work assignments require; and
3. Work overtime to help their firm deal with the period when the firm faces its highest volume of work.
An added advantage for Marian accounting students is that they do not interrupt their living arrangements during the academic year, since many full-time internships exist in the Indianapolis area.
Another difference is that the Becker CPA Exam Review is a part of the Marian accounting curriculum at no additional cost. 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 Marian semester as a part of their full-time tuition! An additional benefit it is that Marian students prepare for the CPA Exam with their accounting student friends.
We welcome your interest in our accounting program. If you need additional information, feel free to contact:
Professor Tim Akin at firstname.lastname@example.org
Professor Kevin Huston at email@example.com
Assistant Dean Tom Gjerde at firstname.lastname@example.org
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/ )
Major for Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.) in Accounting:
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
One Elective From the List Below
MIS 320 Business Decision Support Systems
FIN N11 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 Accounting Program may do so through a variety of options.