Accounting Pipeline with IU - Kelley School of Business
In 2013, Wabash signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business aimed at formalizing a pipeline program that will guide Wabash students through the prerequisites for admission to the Master of Science in Accounting (MSA) degree program and give privileged access to Wabash students so that they may enroll at IU immediately upon graduation and sit for the CPA exam the following summer. The MSA at IU's Kelley School of Business is an intensive, one-year, full-time graduate degree program for students with earned undergraduate degrees that will enable them to:
- Develop advanced skills in a technical accounting curriculum
- Participate in team-based consulting projects to get hands-on experience
- Learn about assurance and risk management or taxation
- Complete the 150-hour requirement to sit for the CPA exam in most states
- Participate in IU recruiting events and pre-professional associations such as Beta Alpha Psi
IU's Kelley School of Business has contacts with a large array of prestigious firms who recruit MSA's on campus. Graduates of the MSA Program have a nearly 100% placement rate in fields that include:
- Assurance and risk management (auditing)
- Corporate accounting
- Governmental and nonprofit organizations
- Forensic accounting
- Management consulting
Access to Kelley’s career placement services
Once enrolled in the program, students are eligible for all services available to any business school student. In addition, students who are provisionally accepted in the spring of their junior year (see above) can participate informally in the job fair organized by the accounting honorary fraternity, Beta Alpha Psi, which brings more than sixty firms to campus every year.
Preparation for the CPA exam
IU offers a six-week intensive “Fast-Pass” class exclusively to GAP students taught by Becker Professional Education immediately upon graduation in May to prepare you to sit for all four sections of the CPA exam that summer. The national average pass rate for all four sections together is 50%. Students who have participated in the Becker Fast-Pass class have a 97% pass rate. Because most accounting firms offer substantial bonuses ($5,000 or more) for passing the CPA exam, the Becker Fast-Pass class usually pays for itself. In addition, firms often will pay for the CPA review classes such as the Becker Fast-Pass class.
Combining the MSA with a law degree or other degree program
Students who are admitted to a combined degree program can generally complete both programs in four years. However, students must be admitted to IU’s Law School and begin their graduate career there.
For more information about the pipeline program
Wabash contact: Professor Ed Hensley
IU contact: Evan Gerstein
How to get in the Pipeline
|Courses to take at Wabash|
|ACC-301||Intermediate Accounting I||1|
|ECO-251||Economic Approach With Excel||0.5|
|Courses to take at Indiana University or Equivalent|
|BUS-A312||Intermediate Accounting II|
|BUS-L201||Legal Environment of Business|
|BUS-A424||Auditing and Assurance Services|
- Two letters of recommendation from Wabash College faculty
- An admissions interview with Kelley School faculty or staff
- IU has waived the requirement that Wabash students take the GMAT. Thus, a GMAT score is not required for application.
Most if not all of the non-Wabash courses are offered every year during IU’s first summer session, a six-week intensive study period that begins immediately following the end of the academic year in May and concludes in early June.
In addition, Indiana University has given pre-approval for students to take Business Law through Brigham Young’s online program (https://is.byu.edu/description/ACC-241-M001). In 2017, the BYU course (ACC 241, Business Law in the Environment) cost $564.
- Although there are no hard and fast rules, successful candidates for admission generally have GPA’s of 3.2 or higher. Students with GPA’s of 3.5 or higher will be able to compete for a graduate assistantship, which offers a partial tuition remission and a small stipend.
- Students should begin by taking Accounting 201 and 202 during the sophomore year. Corporate Finance is best taken in the spring of the junior year (note that it has an ECO-291 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory prerequisite). The ideal time to begin outside preparation for the MSA Pipeline is the summer after sophomore or the summer after junior year. Students should take the two additional intermediate accounting courses – either at IU or at another institution that offers similar courses – preferably in an early intensive session so that the rest of the summer would be available for internships to gain practical experience. This is best done in the summer after the junior year at the latest.
- The following summer (either summer after junior or senior year), the student should take Tax and Auditing (as these are the most advanced courses). The other courses (Business Law and Business Computing) may be taken at any time.
- Students can apply for conditional admission to the MSA program anytime after they have completed the intermediate financial accounting course. Early admission is strongly encouraged, as students who will not ultimately be successful candidates for admission should be advised of this as early as possible.
ACC-201 Financial Accounting
An introduction to the theoretical framework of
financial accounting, including assumptions,
principles, and doctrines. The components of
financial statements are analyzed and the
preparation of those statements normally included
for financial reporting purposes is emphasized.
The student's performance is measured by his
handling of accounting problems and cases.
Recommended for sophomores and juniors.
ACC-202 Management Accounting
An introduction to cost accounting,
cost-volume-profit analysis, and the influence of
income taxes on business transactions. The
understanding of financial statements developed
in Accounting 201 is applied for managerial
decision-making purposes. The student's
performance is measured by his handling of
accounting problems and cases. Recommended for
sophomores and juniors. This course is offered in
the spring semester.
ACC-301 Intermediate Accounting I
This course provides students with a thorough
understanding of the theoretical framework of
accounting principles and procedures as well as
furthering their knowledge of the mechanics
underlying financial reporting. This rigorous
course is suitable for students seeking a career
in accounting or finance. The course's primary
objective is to give students the tools necessary
to understand and execute appropriate accounting
procedures, with an appreciation of the broader
context in which accounting information is
produced and utilized, including an overview of
financial statements along with a detailed focus
on revenue recognition, current and long-term
assets and liabilities, and accounting for
investments. The course will also bring
theoretical and practical ethical discussion to
the students by probing current ethical dilemmas
facing the business world and how those issues
can be addressed through the AICPA Code of
Professional Conduct and other professional
ECO-251 Economic Approach With Excel
An introduction to optimization, equilibrium, and
comparative statics via Microsoft Excel. This
course emphasizes numerical problems while
illustrating the essential logic of economics.
Economics majors are strongly encouraged to take
this course in the sophomore year.
Distribution: Quantitative Literacy, Behavioral Science
ECO-361 Corporate Finance
This course applies economic theory to analyze
financial decisions made by corporations. These
decisions include what real assets to invest in
and how to raise the funds required for these
investments. The analysis concentrates on the
roles of the timing of cash flows, the risk of
cash flows, and the conflicts of interest between
the various actors in the world of corporate
finance. Special attention is paid to stocks,
bonds, dividends, and options. Extensive use is
made of financial data and spreadsheets.
Prerequisites: ECO-251, ECO-253, and ECO-291
Distribution: Behavioral Science