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Krannert School of Management

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


This program combines the common core of professional management courses with a broad range of courses in the arts and sciences and includes considerable elective flexibility to permit students to tailor their programs to meet their individual interests. Students may choose concentrations in accounting, economics, finance, international business, management information systems, marketing, operations, analytical consulting, strategic management or organizational behavior/human resource management.

Because the elective hours may be used to explore topics in other disciplines, this program offers students a broad perspective of the role of management professionals and of the business organizations and the economic, social and cultural environment in which they operate. It, therefore, provides an excellent educational foundation — broad in scope yet firmly rooted in an analytical framework — on which to build specific training and experience received on the job or in graduate school (for example, in law, business or public administration).


Because this program combines extensive classwork in accounting principles and practice with the professional management core common to all of the school's management-related programs, it provides students with a broad perspective in all aspects of the management function. Students qualify to take Indiana's Certified Public Accounting (CPA) Examination by completing 150 credit hours. These hours may be achieved by acceptance into the combined degree master's/bachelor's program or by accumulating 150 credits. Each state has different educational requirements to sit for the CPA exam. We strongly recommend that a student go to relevant state CPA societies' websites for details on the requirements for state(s) he or she is considering.

Graduates of this program may move directly into positions in the accounting departments of manufacturing or service enterprises, where they maintain the company's financial records, determine the production costs of particular products, construct cost and revenue projections for planning purposes, calculate the firm's tax liabilities or act as internal auditors monitoring all aspects of the firm's operations to ensure that they are carried out in accord with established standards and directives.

Other graduates work in the public accounting field where they examine the financial statements prepared by individual firms to ensure that they are fairly presented, aid their client firms and individuals in tax planning and the preparation of required tax forms and consult with the management of client firms on a wide variety of business problems. Finally, graduates of this program may enter the growing field of government accounting.


The bachelor of science program in economics is offered by the School of Management. The program combines the broad intellectual influences of management with the analytical rigor of an extensive study of economic theory and policy. Graduates of this unique program find employment in such areas as management, finance, banking, marketing, public administration or insurance. Others take positions in government at the federal, state or local levels. In addition, many students find this program to be an excellent preparation for law or graduate school.

The Economics Honors Program provides particularly able students the opportunity to complete a period of intense, independent study in economic theory or policy. Graduates from this program receive a diploma containing the notation "Honors Curriculum in Economics" if they enroll in a one-semester Senior Honors Seminar — in which they complete an individual research project under the guidance of a member of the economics faculty — and if they maintain a grade point average of at least 3.30 in all economics courses.