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Congratulations to PCAOB Scholar Chloe Whaley

Join the Paul W. Parkison Department of Accounting in congratulating senior student Chloe Whaley, who has been selected as a Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) Scholar for 2023-2024 academic year.

The PCAOB Scholars Program is funded through monetary penalties collected as part of PCAOB enforcement actions. The program seeks to benefit students who are likely to become professional accountants, and to make a difference to students who might otherwise choose a different career path.

Chloe is a fourth-year student from Fishers, Indiana and is double majoring in accounting and finance. “I am so grateful to be selected as a PCAOB Scholar,” said Chloe. “The scholarship means so much to me and would not have been made possible without the amazing support from professors, mentors, and family throughout my college experience. This scholarship will help me so much as I complete my education and move into my career.” 


I joined Ball State on July 1, 2022, because of the tremendous accomplishments and potential I saw in the accounting faculty, students, and alums. My expectations have been more than met. I am more excited today than I was a year ago! 

The Department’s dedicated and experienced faculty members are engaged in various research projects, but their passion is in teaching first and foremost. The faculty members deliver personal and better education than their counterparts in Indiana. We are constantly pursuing strategies to ensure excellence in everything we do. We ensure our programs are relevant, innovative, and of the highest quality. In the MS Accounting program, we have

  • added two new courses, Sustainability Reporting and Financial Analytics,
  • created stand-alone CPA review courses in the Fall and Spring semesters
  • started to actively recruit non-accounting students to add diversity to our student body,
  • created 4+1 and 3+2 options to shorten the time to the graduate degree and
  • are exploring the possibility of launching an online, STEM-certified MS program in the Fall of 2025. The faculty also decided to offer the undergraduate program in an online format in addition to the in-person program.

This fall, we are offering a dual-credit course at Fishers High School and are working on developing and delivering additional dual-credit courses at area high schools. But we don’t rest on our achievements. The faculty, working with industry leaders, is adding more data analytics and technology in their courses to prepare tomorrow’s accounting leaders.  

Our students are outstanding. They are intelligent and hard-working. Every student completes at least one internship semester and receives multiple public accounting firms or corporations offers. The successes of our alumni are a testament to the quality of Ball State accounting students (and programs). Our alums have reached the highest levels of achievements in public accounting, corporations, and financial institutions. Two serve on Ball State’s Board of Trustees. 

The strongest testament to the quality of our programs, faculty, and students is the exceptional support we receive from you – our alums. You are actively involved as guest lecturers in our classes, speakers during Dialogue Days, workshop leaders at student clubs and other activities, and as advisors and mentors for our students. Your involvement in these areas provides our students invaluable learning and networking opportunities. Your contributions of funds allow us to support student and faculty development activities. On behalf of the Department and our students, I sincerely thank you for your continued support. And, our special thanks go out to all of you who donated to our tremendously successful campaign in honor of longtime professor and former Department Chair Paul W. Parkison, ’58 MA ’61. 


Reza Espahbodi, Department Chairperson
Paul W. Parkison Department of Accounting 
Ball State University

Ball State has offered a master of science in accounting since 2001. Small class sizes and industry connections round out a powerful experience in our program, which is largely focused on preparing future accountants for the CPA exam. In fall 2017, we introduced a revised curriculum that integrates more of the critical skills in analytics and communications that are in demand for modern accounting.

We reached out to a handful of students pursing a master of science in accounting and asked them to share their experiences thus far.

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  • 2023 is the tenth year the Department has offered the Continuing Professional Education (CPE) course
  • Course completion = Four credits toward your GAO Yellow Book CPE requirement
  • The course is open to all accounting professionals in addition to Ball State alumni
  • Course led by Dr. James Schmutte provides critical updates on matters in Audit & Attestation
  • Over 500 professionals have completed the course since 2013
  • More than 1,000 students have attended the CPE Mixer since 2014

Join us for the next CPE Course & Meet the Firms Mixer in September 2024! Please contact us for more information.