Curriculum

This set of classes (36 credit hours) develops valuable advanced financial skills in a technical accounting curriculum and integrates principles of business. The 150-hour requirement to sit for the CPA exam in most states is satisfied. Learn more about 3/2 MBA Core classes and see course descriptions.

In the second year of the program, you’ll specialize in finance or accounting and take courses that align with your career goals. The flexible curriculum (30 credit hours) will allow you to differentiate yourself in the marketplace. Learn more about 3/2 MBA Core classes and see course descriptions.

Nothing prepares students for the challenges faced in the boardroom like experiential learning. These opportunities include:

  • Capstone Competition: Student teams compete against each other in an industry with the assistance of a faculty mentor during this week-long multidisciplinary business simulation.
  • Field study: A signature element of the 3/2 MBA program is a seven-week internship at the end of the spring semester of the first graduate year (fourth year at Kelley). In keeping with our promise of preparing students for success, they engage in hands-on projects where they are fully immersed within host companies around the world. Previous locations have included China, Romania, Poland, Vietnam, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and London. Read our Field Study brochure for more information. 
  • Field consulting: Kicking off year two of graduate study, semester-long consulting projects give 3/2 MBA students the opportunity to apply classroom knowledge to real-world business issues in a team setting.
  • Internships: All 3/2 MBA students engage with at least three companies/organizations while earning their degree. This includes at least one internship.

Through IU’s partnership with Becker Professional Education, Kelley graduate accounting students will receive access to a Becker representative who will help them choose from a variety of prep formats and assist with account set up and any other related questions.

NOTE: IU Bloomington has determined completion of the 3/2 MBA degree meets educational requirements to apply for the CPA exam in Indiana. We have not made this determination for any other jurisdiction at this time.

The Kelley School's Graduate Accounting Program will work with a 3/2 MBA student to interpret exam eligibility requirements in the jurisdiction being considered. You may find links to all CPA jurisdictions and their eligibility and licensure requirements at the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy.

The Kick-Start to Josh Malarsky’s Success

The Kelley 3/2 MBA enabled Josh Malarsky to kick-start his career and progress quickly to a leadership position at Katz, Sapper, & Miller.

Opportunity is waiting for you at Kelley.

Learn more about Graduate Career Services.

The Graduate Career Services team will work with you to uncover your strengths and find your passion. Knowing who you are will prepare you to take on real-world challenges in your field consulting and throughout your career.

Partner with Kelley Students on a Field Consulting Project

Discover how graduate accounting students at the Kelley School of Business can help your business solve a specific challenge with a field consulting project.

Application Deadlines

The 3/2 MBA program is open to Kelley undergraduates in accounting and finance. Please apply by January 15 of your junior year.

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By earning your BS and MBA degrees in five years, you’ll spend one less year in school than you would in a traditional MBA program, saving both time and money.

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