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  • What financing options are available to help me pay for the Post Baccalaureate Certificate of Accounting program?

    Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional financing plans. The median amount of debt for program graduates is shown below:

    Federal loans: *
    Private education loans: *
    Institutional financing plan: *

    * Less than 10 graduates received loans. Median amounts are withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the loan recipients.

  • How much will the Post Baccalaureate Certificate of Accounting program cost me?

    Tuition and fees: $24,300
    Books and supplies: $5,400
    On-campus room & board: not offered

    Note: Housing is only available at the Flint, Muskegon and Owosso campuses. The estimated housing cost for this program is $8,100.

    The amounts shown above include costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion. Note that this information is subject to change.

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Prepare to move forward in your career.

Every organization needs skilled accountants. The day-to-day work of accountants ranges from preparing budgets and financial records to completing tax returns—and requires the ability to analyze, compare, and interpret figures and facts. Drawing on their broad knowledge of issues that affect business operations, accountants play an important role in helping management teams plan strategically, formulate policies, and make decisions. This program is delivered online.

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Career Facts

$63,550

Median salary for Accountants

13%

Estimated employment increase by 2022

$109,740

Median salary for Financial Managers

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Overview

Baker’s MBA program in accounting is designed for managers with undergraduate accounting degrees who are seeking additional classes to advance in their career. Our curriculum gives you a well-rounded business education together with an in-depth understanding of the theoretical and practical concepts of accounting.

Students enrolling in this major must have a minimum of 16-quarter hours of undergraduate accounting. This should include at least eight-quarter hours of Principles of Accounting and at least four hours of Intermediate Accounting.

Course Information
Accounting Major Requirements16 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
BUS 631
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on special studies related to tax problems of individuals, partnerships, fiduciaries, and corporations. Emphasis is on federal taxation of corporations, trusts, and estates. Specific use of the Tax Code and the Internal Revenue Service Regulations will be an integral part of this course.

Taxation4
BUS 634
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4 Quarter Hours

Studies, comprehensively, the recording of transactions by government units and the preparation of financial statements by not-for-profit entities. City government is the basic unit of study; however, school districts, universities, and hospitals are covered to illustrate the similarity in accounting for all not-for-profit entities. The topics of the classifications of audits, auditing standards, audit procedures, the audit report, the Single Audit Act, fraud examination, and forensic accounting are also covered.

Non-Profit Accounting4
BUS 635
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4 Quarter Hours

Explores the impact of the cultural, social, legal, political, and economic conditions that shape the national accounting standard-setting process of the different countries with a focus on accounting practices of vital countries with diverse cultures and legal environments. The purposes of and attempts at classification of countries by their accounting characteristics are examined. The purposes and progress of regional and international harmonization programs are discussed with a focus on the international accounting standards and their impact on the economic consequences of multinational corporations. Attention is given to the accounting problems facing multinational corporations using case studies. These include foreign currency translation, auditing in the international environment, transfer pricing, international taxation, global managerial planning and control and analyzing foreign financial statements.

Global Accounting4
BUS 642
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4 Quarter Hours

Emphasis is on understanding and preparing financial accounting statements on past performance and projected future performance of organizations. Students will also learn to evaluate and efficiently use financial accounting statements to identify business problems and profit from business strengths. Topics include FASB's conceptual framework, GAAP, measuring income, recording transactions, accounting for sales, inventories and cost of goods sold, long-lived assets and depreciation, liabilities and interest, valuation and accounting for bonds and leases, stockholder's equity, statement of cash flows, accounting differences, and the International Accounting Standards.

Financial Accounting4
Business Requirements37 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
BUS 572
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4 Quarter Hours

Evaluates a variety of human resource issues facing corporations and businesses today. These include employee development, performance appraisal systems, job design, hiring and dismissal processes, career management strategies, legal issues, morale monitoring, domestic and global labor market problems, as well as how cultural and economic factors influence the effectiveness of human resource management.

Human Resource Management4
BUS 615
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides students with an understanding of individuals, groups, and organizations as a whole. This course considers such topics as alignment of people within an organization, as well as techniques for these individuals to manage and lead more effectively. This course will also discuss how technology, the Internet, globalism, and virtual teaming are impacting the work environment today.

Human Behavior Management of Organizations4
BUS 630
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on the use of financial and managerial accounting information for decision-making purposes. Topics include accounting concepts, accounting systems, preparing financial statements, product costing and overhead allocation, variance analysis, budgeting, and responsibility accounting. How these topics should be applied in information based decision making is emphasized. Case analysis is used to enhance student learning of key accounting concepts.

Accounting for the Contemporary Manager4
BUS 640
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides an understanding of corporate financial management including the introduction of key concepts in the field of finance and the environment in which they are applied. Students learn how to gauge the financial health of their company and to measure and understand the financial return in relation to risk. Capital budgeting and management of working capital are also discussed. This course emphasizes teaching students to improve their business financial decision making.

The Financial Environment4
BUS 650
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides students with an integrated understanding of the concepts of economics. The emphasis is on the application of economics and uses actual economic events to encourage the study of the principles of economics and to show how these concepts can help students understand the complex and dynamic American economy.

The Economic Environment4
BUS 660
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4 Quarter Hours

Concentrates on the marketing concept and its impact on the strategic decision-making process of the firm. This course emphasizes planning and managing marketing activities of multi-product firms and provides an understanding of the fundamental issues which influence marketing decisions. The specifics of implementing a marketing plan are discussed. In addition, the effects of the global marketplace and sources of marketing research are discussed.

The Marketing Environment4
BUS 678
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4 Quarter Hours

Emphasizes the use of data collection and analysis in business environments to facilitate decision making. Research designs will be addressed so that students can ask and answer specific questions. Students will learn to properly use basic descriptive and inferential statistics. This course will offer an applications-oriented perspective to conducting and critically evaluating primary research.

Research and Statistics for Managers4
BUS 690
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4 Quarter Hours

Integrates the theories, skills, and knowledge gained from previous courses and provides students the opportunity to make strategic business decisions. Students will analyze the strategies of current public corporations. Students will also complete a decision-making business simulation. This is the capstone course of the Baker College MBA program.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in BUS  678.

Corequisite(s):
BUS  572, BUS  615, BUS  630, BUS  650, BUS  660, BUS  675 or BUS  755 or MIS  511, BUS  640 or BUS  759.

Strategy in a Global Environment4
CGS 501
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1 Quarter Hours

Orients graduate students to the standards and expectations of the College, including topics such as policies and procedures, the online learning environment and expectations, academic integrity, APA writing requirements, library resources, and professional standards.

Graduate Seminar1
MIS 511
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides an overview for students of Information System, and prepares them to be successful in their professional roles as well as for future academic studies in the field. An emphasis is placed on how management can use information and information technology to gain competitive advantage, increase productivity, and make better and timelier decisions particularly when formulating business strategy and policy.

Prerequisite(s):
C or better in MIS 511.
Management Information Systems4

Quarter Hours Required for Graduation: 53

Program Description

The accounting major graduate program includes advanced accounting classes for managers that have undergraduate degrees in accounting and want to take additional classes in subjects that are critical in their work situations. The MBA accounting major is designed to provide a balanced broad education and an in-depth understanding of the theoretical and practical concepts of accounting. Students enrolling in this major must have a minimum of 16-quarter hours of undergraduate accounting. This should include at least eight-quarter hours of Principles of Accounting and at least four hours of Intermediate Accounting. 

Program Requirements

MBA Program Overview

The MBA program at Baker College combines the best of conventional academic training with the best of field-based learning. The typical business disciplines are represented in the curriculum to ensure that graduates have the necessary business background to be conversant with various aspects of running organizations and companies. Graduates will have the ability to implement theory into practice, conduct and interpret research, and will be both capable and confident to significantly contribute to long-term corporate success. All graduates of the MBA program are expected to achieve the MBA Program Outcomes through their course of study.

MBA Admissions Requirements

Candidates applying for matriculation into the MBA program must submit the following materials:

  1. Completed Graduate College Application.
  2. Non-refundable application fee of $25.00.
  3. A typed essay (500-1000 words) addressing the candidate’s reasons for entering the program.
  4. Official college transcripts indicating an undergraduate degree with a GPA of 2.5 or better (4.0 scale) from a regionally accredited college or university. Official college transcripts must be mailed from the institution granting the degree directly to the Center for Graduate Studies.
  5. A current résumé indicating a minimum of three years of full-time, professional work experience.
  6. GMAT or GRE scores may be submitted if the candidate wants the scores considered in the admission decision.

Application forms and detailed directions are available in the Center for Graduate Studies’ Administrative Office and online. Students are admitted on a rolling admission basis and acceptance decisions are determined by the Admission Committee.

Admission to the MBA program as a degree candidate is classified as either full or conditional status. Conditional status is an enrollment status applicable to students who may be deficient in one of the requirements or standards for matriculation such as: undergraduate GPA, letter of recommendation, or another credential required by the program. For applicants admitted on conditional status, the Center for Graduate Studies will specify the conditions for admissions. If the conditions are not met, the student will be dismissed from the program.

Baker College Center for Graduate Studies has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Assembly for College Business Education (IABCE), located in Lenexa, Kansas, USA. The business programs in the following degrees are accredited by the IACBE.

Master of Business Administration with concentrations in: Accounting, Business Intelligence, Finance, General Business, Health Care Management, Human Resource Management, Information Systems, Leadership, and Marketing.

Student Learning Outcomes

Student Learning Information for MBA Programs

Mission of the Academic Business Unit: The MBA program at Baker College combines the best of conventional academic training with the best of field-based learning. The typical business disciplines are represented in the curriculum to ensure that graduates have the necessary business background to be conversant with various aspects of running organizations and companies. Graduates will have the ability to implement theory into practice, conduct and interpret research, and will be both capable and confident to significantly contribute to long-term corporate success

Intended Student Learning Outcomes for MBA Program

  1. Communicate using the advanced oral and written communication skills necessary for success in the business environment.
  2. Act in a manner that reflects their appreciation and understanding of their legal and ethical responsibilities in a professional environment.
  3. Collect, interpret and analyze existing and/or original research, using quantitative and statistical tools, and use in the decision making process.
  4. Analyze the interrelatedness of market, economic, social and political trends, and their impact on a global environment.
  5. Analyze the strategic planning process, and develop and assess strategic plans.
  6. Reason analytically and apply theory across interdisciplinary boundaries to solve problems and create innovative solutions.
  7. Analyze financial reports, risk management strategies and their impact on the decision making process.
  8. Evaluate various leadership strategies and the implications of their use.
  9. Demonstrate an understanding of diverse perspectives and analyze the impact of individual and cultural differences on the business environment.
  10. Demonstrate the value of personal and professional development, community service and life-long learning.
  11. Analyze the impact of information systems and technology on a business and demonstrate the ability to make effective information management decisions.
  12. Analyze the strategic impact of human resource development and management on a business.

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MBA Program Outcomes 2010/2011 [JPG 941KB]

2011 Outcomes Assessment Plan [PDF 652KB]

Accreditation

External peer review is the primary means of assuring and improving the quality of higher education institutions and programs in the United States. This recognition is accomplished through program accreditation, approval or certification.

The Accounting MBD Program is accredited through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education.

Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org

Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

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  • What financing options are available to help me pay for the Post Baccalaureate Certificate of Accounting program?

    Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional financing plans. The median amount of debt for program graduates is shown below:

    Federal loans: *
    Private education loans: *
    Institutional financing plan: *

    * Less than 10 graduates received loans. Median amounts are withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the loan recipients.

  • How much will the Post Baccalaureate Certificate of Accounting program cost me?

    Tuition and fees: $24,300
    Books and supplies: $5,400
    On-campus room & board: not offered

    Note: Housing is only available at the Flint, Muskegon and Owosso campuses. The estimated housing cost for this program is $8,100.

    The amounts shown above include costs for the entire program, assuming normal time to completion. Note that this information is subject to change.

Nicole Carter, Baker College Graduate
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Going to Baker gave me the confidence I needed; it made me feel like I still had something to offer.

Nicole Carter