Business - Accounting

Program Opportunities

  • Major in Accounting

Overview

At Manchester University, earning an accounting degree means you will be the sort of tax or audit professional accounting firms value and every business needs. Leading U.S. accounting firms return to MU year after year to recruit for interns and full-time employees. A recruiter for a leading CPA firm stated Manchester “is legendary for producing professionals who do extremely well. The reputation that Manchester has earned is well-deserved and makes it a go-to place for talent.”

Program Highlights

  • Each September, 12-15 accounting firms attend the annual Accounting Employer Mixer that provides all MU accounting students with opportunities to build their professional networks. Each October, approximately a dozen firms return to campus to interview students for internships and full-time opportunities.
  • Here’s a sample of the firms with Manchester graduates as employees: Baden Gage & Schroeder; BKD; Crowe; Dauby O’Connor & Zaleski; Dulin, Ward & DeWald; Ernst & Young; Greenwalt CPAs; H.J. Umbaugh & Associates; Katz, Sapper & Miller; Kruggel Lawton; PricewaterhouseCoopers; and RSM U.S.
  • Manchester strongly encourages its accounting students to take the state-administered exam to become a Certified Public Accountant. This rigorous, four-part exam is grueling and requires hundreds of hours of preparation.  But Manchester students who follow the preparation protocol set up by the College of Business do extremely well on this exam.  (See CPA exam results here.)
  • In the capstone course Case Studies in Business, required of all majors in the College, students organize and operate a business for a semester and then donate their earnings to a nonprofit of their choosing. Manchester business students have donated more than $102,200 and over 8,900 hours of service to various nonprofit organizations.

Successful Graduates

  • Hannah Field ’16 was the treasurer of the now College of Business Club and was a leader in a variety of other organizations on campus.  She passed all four parts of the CPA exam on the first attempt before joining BKD in Fort Wayne, IN.
  • Chad Gindelberger ’16 played baseball at Manchester and passed all four parts of the CPA exam on the first attempt.  He is a staff accountant at Ernst & Young in Indianapolis.
  • Landon Rehrer ’17 completed his accounting degree at the same time that his wife Shelby Rehrer ’17 was completing her degree, also in the Gilbert College of Business.  They also were parenting their infant daughter Nora while they were full-time students.  Landon passed all four parts of the CPA exam and is a staff accountant at Crowe in Fort Wayne.
  • Derek Lamle ’17 also played baseball at Manchester and passed all four parts of the CPA exam on the first attempt.  He is a staff accountant at Katz, Sapper & Miller in Fort Wayne.