Students attend Valpo’s college for business majors

Accounting Major

Accounting skills have broad applications in business, helping companies avoid mistakes and use money efficiently. If you are interested in pursuing a career as a certified public accountant, or if you are not planning to become a CPA but want to gain a solid background in these critical skills, this program is for you.

The extraordinary placement rate of graduates of Valparaiso University’s accounting program demonstrates that accounting is an excellent foundation for a variety of careers. Valpo accounting students learn to understand an organization’s bottom line in an environment that emphasizes ethics, teamwork, problem-solving, and communication.

Many accounting majors combine this 125-credit program with a second business major; it is also a popular option for students who plan to continue their education in an MBA program.

All College of Business majors begin with two core groups of courses:

The major requirements ensure students have a thorough grounding in accounting and quantitative methods.

Major Requirements for Accounting
IDS 110 Business Spreadsheet Applications 1 credit
ACC 310 Intermediate Financial Accounting I 3 credits
ACC 311 Intermediate Financial Accounting II 3 credits
ACC 315 Accounting Information Systems 3 credits
ACC 320 Cost Accounting 3 credits
ACC 350 Concepts of Tax Accounting 3 credits
ACC 413 Auditing and Assurance Services 3 credits
ACC 430 Research and Analysis in Accounting 3 credits
International Business Requirement
One course from the following options: 3 credits
FIN 430 International Finance
MGT 440 Cross-Cultural Management
MKT 430 International Marketing
Total 21 credits
One course from the following options: 3 credits
ACC 316  Gov’t & Not-for-Profit Accounting
ACC 411  Advanced Accounting
ACC 412  Concepts of Taxation II
28 credits
Free Electives 3 credits
Grand Total (all courses) 125 credits

In addition to the required courses outlined below, each student in the program is required to complete one of the following:

  • A Cooperative Education experience combining full-time professional, paid work experience with academic coursework, or
  • An Internship

Requirements to sit for CPA exam

Two options:

  1. 125 credits in accounting with a double major will get you 150 credits to sit for the CPA exam.
  2. 125 credits in accounting and a fifth year in Valparaiso University’s MBA program will get you 150 credits without doing evening courses.