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National employment opportunities for accounting degree holders are expected to grow by 6.7% over the next ten years (Source: Lightcast™ – With a shortage of accounting graduates, many employers are raising the starting salary for this significant role (Source: Wall Street Journal). Ball State University’s bachelor’s in accounting is designed to prepare you for this growth by helping you to develop high-demand skills that you can immediately apply to your current career or utilize in your future career.

Quick Facts

In this program, you will gain a solid foundation of accounting fundamentals, as well as knowledge in related areas such as economics, business law, finance, management, marketing, operations, information systems, and more.

This online degree offered by Ball State provides you with the same high-quality education as our on-campus program, with all courses meeting rigorous academic standards equal to those met by on-campus programs at Ball State. You will learn from the same highly qualified professors and your program will feature the same course work, experiences, and expectations. Our online program is tailored to ensure that we are following best practices for online learning. Ball State has a long history of online learning and our faculty and staff are experienced and knowledgeable.

A flexible online learning degree allows you to work at your own pace, earning your degree without interrupting your current career or life, while still giving you a competitive advantage in the marketplace.

 What Differentiates Ball State’s Accounting Program?

All of our classes, both on campus and online, are taught exclusively by full time faculty instead of adjuncts or graduate assistants. Most of our highly qualified faculty hold one or more professional certifications with more than half being licensed CPAs. Our faculty have a diverse mix of professional, in-the-field experience in addition to their teaching careers.

Grants for College

Good news for Indiana adult students! The Indiana Commission for Higher Education is offering college grants for adults returning to college, or even beginning their educational journey. The Adult Student Grant awards up to $2,000 to help pay for your college expenses and is renewable. This grant is available to Indiana residents, aged 25 and older, who are enrolled or will be enrolled in an undergraduate program.* Review the requirements below and learn if you qualify for the Adult Student Grant.

Learn More about the Adult Student Grant

*Additional requirements are listed on the Indiana Commission for Higher Education Adult Student Grant website.

 What Skills Will I Gain?

An accounting degree provides you with the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills needed for a career in the financial sector. The skills and insights that you will gain give you a competitive edge in a demanding job market and will provide you with tools to apply immediately to your career. With an accounting degree, you’ll gain:

  • The ability to develop and dissect financial reports
  • Skills enabling you to provide financial advice, knowledge of tax law, current auditing standards, and applicable accounting principles
  • A solid foundation in accounting principles, economics, finance, information systems, quantitative methods, business law, management, and more
  • Knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) that can be utilized in a variety of business applications
  • Critical thinking and decision-making skills

Foundational accounting courses are complemented by general management courses, providing a well-rounded education.

 Career Outcomes

A degree in accounting opens the door to a wide variety of career opportunities in a variety of sectors, including government, law, banking, education, business, non-profit, and more. Graduates from Ball State achieve a 95% placement rate with a variety of job titles, including:

  • Accountant
  • Auditor
  • Benefits/Compensation Manager
  • Bookkeeper
  • Budget Analyst
  • Credit/Loan Officer
  • Financial Adviser
  • Financial Manager
  • Tax Specialist
  • Underwriter

 What Sets Our Graduates Apart

You will learn from skilled and dedicated faculty who are experienced professionals in their field. They take the time to get to know you and your career goals so that they can help you achieve them.

You will experience applicable hands-on learning that can be put into practice immediately in your current career. You will also be encouraged to participate in internships and other real-world learning opportunities to help prepare you to achieve your career goals.

 Courses You Will Take

While completing your bachelor’s degree in accounting, you will take courses that focus on accounting theories and principles that are useful in the business world and provide you with a foundation to thrive in your career. Your program of study offers you relevant experiences that contribute to your career goals and prepare you for your professional future.


Ivy Tech and Vincennes Graduates

If you have an associate of science degree in business administration from Ivy Tech Community College or Vincennes University, you can begin earning your Ball State bachelor’s in accounting entirely online, with a Junior status.

This program will work with students who have prior course work, both in and out of accounting, to help you complete your degree as efficiently as possible.

Meet Your Advisor

The role of your academic advisor is more than telling you which courses to take. For starters, they are student success specialists, and they are dedicated to your academic success. You’ll work with the same specialist from application to graduation.

Contact your Student Success Specialist, who can answer questions you have about the program.

Online Learning at a Glance

Our 100 percent online bachelor's degree is designed with the working adult in mind. Courses are asynchronous, meaning you can complete them at a pace that fits into your daily routine without worrying about being late to class. Many students take one or two courses at a time until they find the right balance between work, classes, and other responsibilities.

You’ll earn a reputable Ball State degree whether you’re taking classes in a physical or online classroom.

 Ready to Apply?

An application and all required application materials must be received two weeks prior to the start of classes for a given term in order to be considered for admission to Ball State. Our semester start dates can be found in Ball State’s academic calendar.

Whether you are transferring credits in from another university or have never taken college courses before now, we invite you to learn about Ball State's admission requirements and how to apply to this program.


Students from Other States

Ball State is authorized to accept online students from all U.S. states. However, certain states have regulations regarding licensing programs in nursing and education. Learn more about state authorizations for non-Indiana students.

Want to Learn More?

Do you have questions about this program or online learning? We’re here to help! You may request more information using our online form, or feel free to reach out directly to one of our staff.

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