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2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Accounting Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

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

Neff Hall 350 ~ 260-481-6471

Doermer School of Business Undergraduate Student Success Center

Neff Hall 366 ~ 260-481-6472

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Accounting (P.B.A.) is offered through 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 Higher Learning Commission (or comparable regional association) at the time the degree was granted.

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

You must meet the prerequisites for each course and earn a grade of C- or better in each course.  You must complete at least 12 of the required 24-30 credits at Purdue Fort Wayne to be eligible to receive the certificate.

Accounting Electives Credits: 6

Special Academic Regulations for P.B.A. Students

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate students are held to the same performance standards specified for students in undergraduate business programs.

Credits from your undergraduate degree MAY be used for some of these requirements. 

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.


Total Credits: 24-30

Student Responsibility

You are responsible for satisfying the graduation requirements specified for your selected program.  Thus, it is essential that you develop a thorough understanding of the required courses, academic policies and procedures governing your academic career.  All requests for exceptions to specific requirements must be made in writing and may be granted only by written approval from the appropriate chair or dean.

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