Business and Economics


Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Accounting

The Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Accounting program is intended to provide students with concentrated training in accounting and closely related fields and is designed for those who want to develop proficiency in accounting, an area where there is likely to be an adequate market demand for the next several years.

The program is open to anyone who possesses a bachelor's degree in any field from an accredited college or university. The only requirements for entry are an application and official transcript for all undergraduate work must be submitted to the School of Business and Economics. The program is keyed to the needs of a broad spectrum of individuals who wish to move into a field that is both challenging and rewarding. Enrollment may be either full time or part time. The length of time required to complete this program depends on undergraduate courses already completed. The full range of counseling and placement services of the school is available to certificate students.


Students must have a bachelor's degree in any field from an accredited college or university. An application and application fee plus an official transcript of all undergraduate work must be submitted to the director of the School of Business and Economics.

A complete review of undergraduate work will determine the student's plan of study.


Prior to enrolling in courses in the M.B.A. Certificate in Management or Accounting programs, students should meet minimum proficiencies in math and computer skills. Students should have a minimum of a college-level finite mathematics class. The Indiana University course equivalent is MATH M118 Finite Mathematics. Students are also expected to be proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint. Candidates who are deficient in any of these areas should speak with the director of Undergraduate and Graduate Programs to review the different options available to them to satisfy the prerequisites.

Transfer Credits

Up to 6 credit hours can be granted for courses taken at other accredited colleges and universities, provided that the student submits evidence (for example, catalog descriptions of courses) that the courses are equivalent to those specified in the Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Accounting program. A student who has already successfully completed, whether as an undergraduate or graduate student, any course specified in the program can, at his or her option, repeat the course or take another approved course

The specific requirements are as follows.

Accounting (24 cr.)

  • BUS A201 Introduction to Financial Accounting (3 cr.)
  • BUS A202 Introduction to Managerial Accounting (3 cr.)
  • BUS A311 Intermediate Accounting I (3 cr.)
  • BUS A312 Intermediate Accounting II (3 cr.)
  • BUS A325 Cost Accounting (3 cr.)
  • BUS A328 Introduction to Taxation (3 cr.)
  • BUS A424 Auditing (3 cr.)
  • Additional accounting (3 cr.)

Total (24 cr.)

Basic Business and Economics Core (6 cr.)

  • BUS F301 Financial Management (3 cr.)
  • Select one of the following
    • BUS F420 Investments (3 cr.)
    • BUS F494 International Finance (3 cr.)

Total (6 cr.)

No more than 6 credit hours in business law and no more than 6 credit hours in computer science.

Students who wish to sit for the Indiana CPA exam must meet these requirements. Additional coursework may be needed. Consultation with the director is strongly advised to ensure meeting these requirements.

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