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2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin [Archived Catalog]

Accounting Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

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Program: Certificate
Department of Accounting and Finance
Richard T. Doermer School of Business

Neff Hall Room 350 ~ 260-481-6471 ~ ipfw.edu/business

Doermer School of Business Undergraduate Student Success Center

Neff Hall Room 366 ~ 260-481-6472 ~ ipfw.edu/business

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Accounting (P.B.A.) is offered by the Department of Accounting and Finance. Typically, students who pursue the P.B.A. are seeking an academic program of recognized quality that will help them prepare for careers in accounting. In combination with a bachelor’s degree earned at an appropriately accredited institution, the P.B.A. meets the current minimum accounting educational requirements to sit for the Uniform Certified Public Accounting Examination in Indiana if students select the correct electives. Additional non-accounting business credits may be required.

Admission Admission to the P.B.A. program is limited to holders of bachelor’s degrees awarded by institutions that were accredited at the baccalaureate level by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (or comparable regional association) at the time the degree was granted.

To enroll in the program, you must first be formally admitted to IPFW. You must provide the IPFW admissions office with official transcripts documenting completion of your bachelor’s degree.

Special Academic Regulations for P.B.A. Students

Performance Standards With the exception of the minimum GPA for retention, P.B.A. students are held to the performance standards specified for students in undergraduate business programs.

Credits from your undergraduate degree MAY be used for some of these requirements.  Online courses offered through Indiana University Bloomington Division of Continuing Studies will not count toward the PBA certificate.

Current requirements to sit for the CPA Exam in Indiana require that you have completed a total of 150 credit hours; 24 credit hours of accounting courses including: financial accounting, auditing, taxation, and managerial accounting; and at least 24 credit hours of business and/or economics courses that are not accounting courses.

The Doermer School of Business does not play any role in determining if you meet the requirements to sit for the CPA Exam.  The state board of accountancy makes that determination.  So, if you have any questions about your total number of hours completed or whether specific courses will meet the requirements, you must contact them.  The NASBA website, www.nasba.org can be very helpful.  At their website, click on Exams, then CPA Exam, then choose Indiana.  This site will give you all the current requirements for the State of Indiana as well as contact information.

You must earn a C- or better in each of the following courses:


Accounting Electives Credits: 6

BUS A331 and BUS A422 are highly recommended for students preparing for the CPA exam.   BUS L203 and BUS L303 are also highly recommended for the CPA exam.

Choose two of the following:

Total Credits: 24-30

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