The Accounting Department at Illinois State University offers premier undergraduate and graduate programs in accountancy with a national reputation for excellence. Illinois State consistently has one of the highest pass rates on the Uniform CPA exam in the country. In 2012, the last year for which we have results, 74.6% of first-time candidates with advanced degrees from Illinois State passed the CPA Exam on their first try. This is the 17th-highest pass rate in the country for programs with more than 20 graduates. Further, it places Illinois State only behind University of Chicago's 79.0% for colleges and universities in the State of Illinois.
The department offers four undergraduate sequences in accountancy, a degree in business information systems, a master of science program, and a unique integrated 150-hour bachelor of science/master of professional accountancy program. The BS/MPA program is primarily oriented toward preparation for careers in professional accountancy. The BS/MPA program is strongly recommended for students interested in a plan of study designed to integrate accounting technology, information systems, and eligibility to sit for the CPA examination.
Illinois State is one of only 178 schools worldwide to have achieved accreditation by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business - for its undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business and accounting. The faculty in both accountancy and information systems majors are committed to an emphasis on teaching and interaction with students. Our approach is to focus on student learning and the active participation of our entire faculty with the students in those majors.