Indiana law requires 150 hours of college credit for a person to be eligible to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam. To meet this need, IU South Bend offers a 30 graduate credit hour Master of Science in Accounting degree.
This program prepares individuals for a career as a professional accountant and helps individuals attain professional certification, not only as a CPA, but also as a Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) or Certified Data Processing Auditor (CDPA).
The Judd Leighton School of Business and Economics at IU South Bend is proud to be among the approximately 24 percent of colleges and universities offering degrees in business accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. This is recognition by a significant organization of the quality of our academic programs.
Who will benefit from our degree program?
Individuals preparing to meet the 150 credit hour requirements of Indiana and other states to sit for the CPA exam.
The professional accountant who desires a graduate degree.
Professionals who want to increase their expertise for future advancement
Individuals who want to gain a working knowledge of the accounting profession for a change in careers or for future entrepreneurial projects.
Individuals who want to meet the requirements for professional certification programs such as CPA, CMA, CFE, CIA or CDPA.
Dr. P.N. Saksena
Assistant Dean & Director of Graduate Studies
(574) 520-4456 (O)
(574) 520-4866 (Fax)
(All courses are 3 cr. hours unless otherwise designated)
BUS A201 Introduction to Financial Accounting
BUS A202 Introduction to Managerial Accounting [P: A201]
BUS A311 Intermediate Accounting I [P: A202]
BUS A312 Intermediate Accounting II [P: A311]
BUS A325 Cost Accounting [P: A202]
BUS A328 Introduction to Taxation [P: A202]
BUS A337 Accounting Information Systems [P:A325, K321]
OR BUS K321 Management Information Systems
BUS A339 Advanced Income Taxes [P: A328]
BUS A424 Auditing & Assurance Services [P: A312, A337]
Students need to earn a grade of at least C (not C-) in order to get credit for prerequisite courses.
Students who plan to sit for the Uniform CPA exam should consider taking A335-Accounting for Government and Not-For-Profit Entities and enrolling in a CPA review course, particularly for business law.
The Master of Accounting Program requires thirty (30) graduate credit hours as listed below:A. Skills Courses (6 cr. required)
BUSB F533 Professional Communication Skills [P: None]
BUSB B503 Leadership and Change [P: None]
B. Required Accounting Courses (12 cr. required)
BUSB A525 Advanced Financial Accounting Theory & Practice [P: A312]
BUSB A530 Advanced Auditing Practice [P: A424]
BUSB A531 Consulting and Strategic Cost Management [P: A325 OR F503 (MBA program)]
BUSB A545 International Accounting Practice [P: A312 or Phase I MBA]
C. Elective Courses (9 cr. required)
Select any three courses from the following
BUSB A504 Management Information Systems [P: K501]
BUSB A539 Advanced Tax Topics [P: A328]
BUSB A564 Interpretation and Analysis of Financial Statements [P: A312]
BUSB F542 Strategic Financial Management
D. Additional Elective Courses (3 cr. required)
Choose one from eligible electives:
BUSB A502 Managerial Price Theory
BUSB C502 The Legal/Ethical Environment of Business
BUSB D503 Production Management [P: Statistics & K501]
BUSB F506 Management of International Operations
BUSB F520* Taxes and Business Strategy [P: Intro to Finance]
BUSB F520* Forensic Accounting [P: A424]
BUSB F523 Managerial Decision-Making Models
BUSB F530 International Finance
BUSB K505 Management of IT Projects
BUSB K506 Web Site Development Techniques
BUSB K510 Decision Support Systems
BUSB A505 Object-Oriented Programming
BUSB A510 Database Management Systems
Courses not taken as required in group C above
*NOTE: F520 classes may be used for Group C or Group D
Each student, as a condition of graduation, must participate in an exit interview.
The Admissions Committee, under exceptional circumstances, may allow a student to take a MAXIMUM of two classes as a Graduate Non-Degree student. Students need to apply and be admitted to the graduate business program before they can take additional classes. This policy is strictly enforced by the Office of Graduate Business Programs.