College of Business
Undergraduate Business Program


Accounting is one of the hottest majors on college campuses.

The Butler accounting curriculum prepares students for a career in either corporate or public accounting, with an emphasis on practical, hands-on experience. Accounting also provides the perfect foundation for any type of business career.

Accounting students perform two internships for college credit and Butler has partnerships with a variety of accounting firms and corporations - including the prestigious Johnson & Johnson Financial Leadership Development Program. Partnerships include such public accounting firms such as PwC, Ernst & Young, Deloitte & Touche, Katz Sapper & Miller, Blue & Company and more.

Accounting majors graduate with significant, practical experience on their resumes - and the majority of accounting internships lead directly to full-time job placement. Currently, the Butler accounting program boasts a 100% placement rate.

Students interested in sitting for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination need to complete 150 credit hours. To meet this requirement, accounting majors can pursue the Master of Professional Accounting degree.

Master of Professional Accounting

Two Degree Tracks

There are two degree tracks: the accelerated four-year/dual-degree option and the traditional, fifth-year degree option.

The accelerated, four-year/dual degree program
allows students to obtain both an undergraduate accounting degree and a Master of Professional Accounting degree in four years, while also qualifying to sit for the CPA exam at the end of the senior year. During the first three years of coursework, students will take full undergraduate academic loads in each fall, spring and summer semesters, including two internships. The fourth year of coursework consists of MPAcc classes in which students can specialize in either financial reporting or tax.

This option is available for new incoming students, freshmen or sophomores. Juniors and seniors should continue on their current course path and apply for admission to the fifth-year program during their senior year.

The traditional, fifth-year option adds one year to the curriculum for Butler accounting majors. Non-Butler accounting graduates can complete the program in 1 to 1.5 years.

Accounting Careers

There are many career options within public and corporate accounting. Below is a small sample of the employment opportunities available to accounting majors.

  • Accountant (Private, Public, Nonprofit)
  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Actuary
  • Auditor
  • Commercial Banker
  • Consultant
  • Financial Analyst
  • Financial Planner
  • Financial Software Developer
  • Forensic Accountant
  • Fraud Examiner
  • Health Administrator
  • Insurance Sales and Claims
  • Insurance Underwriter
  • Investment Banker
  • Loan Officers and Counselor
  • Management Accountant
  • Management Analyst
  • Monetary Policy Analyst
  • Stockbroker
  • Trust Supervisor

Double Majors

Double majors are available within the College of Business.