Help companies, organizations and individuals reach their financial goals.
- Available as
- Bachelor of Science
- 4 years
- Fort Wayne
- Available Concentrations
- Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
Why study accounting?
Today’s accounting professionals are data-driven, strategic thinkers who rely on both intellect and technology to help companies and organizations make crucial business decisions. This field is broader than you might think, with possibilities for specializations like financial forensics, business valuation and information technology.
Median annual salary for accountant and auditor occupations in Indiana
In U.S. News & World Report’s business jobs
U.S. News & World Report 100 Best Jobs in America, 2022
of Saint Francis accounting alumni from the Class of 2022 were hired or enrolled in further education within six months of graduation.
Why Saint Francis for Your Bachelor of Accounting?
As an accounting major at Saint Francis, you will build a solid foundation in business, deepen your financial knowledge, and develop strong technical skills through core coursework. Rooted in the Franciscan tradition of faith and reason, our accounting curriculum prepares you to become a trusted, ethical financial professional.
CPA Track: Prepare for Certification
Boost your marketability by aiming to become a CPA. To sit for the Uniform CPA Exam, you first need to complete 150 undergraduate credit hours. Saint Francis’ CPA Track was designed for you to reach this goal, and it offers you a broader range of accounting and business courses. Your academic advisor will guide and support you along the way and will see you through the finish line, including an on-site CPA exam review.
Accounting Co-ops, Internships and Networking
As a Saint Francis accounting major, you will gain real-world experience and make valuable connections through:
Learn by observing and doing as you spend a semester or two on-site at an accounting firm or in the business department of a local business. Saint Francis accounting internships frequently lead to full-time employment.
Busse Speaker Series
Gain insight and make connections as local business and community leaders share their success stories. Past speakers include Tom Ash, CEO of Ash Brokerage.
“I learned a lot and developed a realistic understanding of the business world through my internship at a local mergers and acquisitions firm.”Paige (Rockett) Howerzyl ’19 Staff Accountant at GivePower
“The faculty are one of the best things about the Accounting program. Not only are they experts in the field, but they are committed to teaching; they really care for the students.”Leah Stoffel ’23 Audit Associate at FORVIS
“The Accounting program at Saint Francis is excellent. It will connect you to an internship and prepare you to be a CPA. The professors are amazing because they really care about the students and they’ll go above and beyond to help us understand the material.”Christina Benson ’23 Account Manager, Targeted Services, P.C.
Faculty and Facilities
Our faculty members are experts in their fields of study and experienced financial and accounting professionals. You will also have access to collaborative spaces and high-tech learning tools, such as a finance lab with real-time market data.
Campus and Community
Have fun, give back, and build business skills through clubs and service-learning opportunities, including the VITA — volunteer income tax assistance — program. Student organizations of interest to someone on an accountant degree path include:
- Luca Pacioli Society (accounting club)
- Finance and Investment Society
What Can You Do With an Accounting Degree?
Accountants are found in nearly every industry and in companies, nonprofits and government agencies of all sizes. You can work as a staff accountant at an individual company or small business, or you might choose to find a position with a financial services firm where you can work with multiple clients.
While the title of accountant is common among our graduates, there is a range of positions, from entry-level to those you could advance into, including:
- Cost Analyst
- Director of Finance
- Tax Accountant
- Chief Financial Officer
Where You’ll Find Our Graduates
Saint Francis’ accounting program consistently sees a 100% placement rate. In fact, it’s common for Saint Francis accounting students and CPA track graduates to secure professional positions even before they finish school. You can find them crunching numbers at companies such as:
- Alderling CPA Group
- American Electric Power
- Ash Brokerage
- BKD CPAs & Advisors
- Delta Faucet Company
- EY (Ernst & Young)
- First Internet Bank
- Franklin Electric
- Midwest Pipe & Steel
- H&R Block
- Parkview Health
- Rolls Royce North America
- USAA REALCO
- Wells Fargo Advisors
- THOR Industries, Inc