Major in Accounting

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Why Accounting at Valpo?

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, our degree in accounting 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. By attending our Indiana college for accountants, Valpo students learn to understand an organization’s bottom line in an environment that emphasizes ethics, teamwork, problem-solving, and communication.

Accounting Highlights

Top 5%

Valpo’s College of Business is proud to be ranked among the top 5% of business schools internationally.

96% Employed

According to our annual graduate report, 96% of last year’s grads are employed or attending grad school now.

100% of Students

Internships are required for all students, meaning you graduate with real world experience and a foot in the door.

Accounting Major Requirements

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 for a bachelor’s in accounting ensure students have a thorough grounding in accounting and quantitative methods.

Major Requirements for Accounting
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 24 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
Total 27 credits
Free Electives 3 credits
Grand Total (all courses) 125 credits

Accounting Career Outcomes

Valpo students graduating with a bachelor’s in accounting have a promising job outlook. Accountants and auditors make a median of $77,250 a year. But a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) isn’t your only choice with a degree in accounting.

Careers in Accounting:

  • Financial analyst
  • Bookkeeper
  • Personal financial advisor
Student Success Story


As an AACSB-accredited institution, Valpo’s College of Business is proud to be ranked among the top 5 percent of business schools internationally. AACSB-accredited schools have superior business programs, which benefit from:

  • Faculty with higher qualifications
  • Rigorous classes focused on marketable knowledge and skills
  • Higher-achieving students, with higher overall GPAs
  • More international students
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