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Every organization needs people who are skilled in accounting. The day-to-day work of accountants ranges from preparing budgets and financial records to completing tax returns—and requires attention to detail and the ability to analyze, compare, and interpret figures and facts. Accountants are also instrumental in helping organizations grow by providing management with financial information and recommendations for strategic planning and decision-making.

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  • How long will it take me to complete this Post Baccalaureate Certificate of Accounting program?

    The program is designed to take 33 months to complete. Of those that completed the program in 2012-2013, *% finished in 33 months.

    *Less than 10 students completed this program in 2012-13. The number who finished within the normal time has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

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Accounting Postbaccalaureate Certificate from Baker College

AccountingPostbaccalaureate Certificate

Take your education to a higher level.

Prepare to advance your career.

Every organization needs people who are skilled in accounting. The day-to-day work of accountants ranges from preparing budgets and financial records to completing tax returns—and requires attention to detail and the ability to analyze, compare, and interpret figures and facts. Accountants are also instrumental in helping organizations grow by providing management with financial information and recommendations for strategic planning and decision-making.

Discover Your Future Accounting Career

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

If you have a bachelor degree and want to complete Michigan’s educational requirements for the CPA exam, Baker’s Accounting Postbaccalaureate Certificate program provides the courses you need.

As a Baker student, you learn from professional accountants, whose experience helps you develop a deeper understanding of accounting work in today’s organizations. You gain the theoretical and practical knowledge you need, along with the skills that will help you excel in your career.

For further information about the requirements for becoming a CPA in Michigan, contact the State of Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. If you want to sit for the CPA examination in other states, or need further information, you should contact the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy.

Course Information
Accounting Requirements48 Hours
Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
ACC 121
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the concepts of financial accounting, including the completion of the accounting cycle, preparation of the financial statements, and detailed coverage of cash, receivables, inventory, fixed assets and liabilities.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 091 or satisfies developmental math or placement exam.
Corequisite(s):
INF 113
Fundamentals of Accounting I4
ACC 122
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the concepts of managerial accounting, including financial statement analysis, job order costing, budgeting, cost-volume-profit analysis, and use of other managerial decision-making tools.

Prerequisite(s):
ACC 121, INF 113
Fundamentals of Accounting II4
ACC 241
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4 Quarter Hours

Completes the study of financial and managerial accounting fundamentals. Coverage includes a detail review of the accounting cycle, financial statement preparation, statement of cash flows, and detailed coverage of long-term liabilities and equity. Also, managerial topics of standard costing and activity-based costing are covered.

Prerequisite(s):
ACC 122
Accounting Concepts4
ACC 301
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4 Quarter Hours

Begins an in-depth study of the theory and conceptual issues relevant to presentation of financial information for use in external decision-making processes. Emphasis is placed on reporting and disclosure requirements for a complex, classified balance sheet. Other topics include a review of the accounting cycle, preparation of financial statements, the conceptual framework, GAAP, and account reconciliation.

Prerequisite(s):
ACC 241 or ACC 291.
Intermediate Accounting I4
ACC 302
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4 Quarter Hours

Continues the in-depth study of the theory and conceptual issues begun in Intermediate Accounting I. Emphasis is placed on reporting and disclosure requirements for multi-step income statement. Other topics include reinforcement of the accounting cycle and the interrelatedness of the financial statements and how various accounts affect them.

Prerequisite(s):
ACC 301
Intermediate Accounting II4
ACC 303
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4 Quarter Hours

Continues the Intermediate series, this course expands on competencies gained through previous study while addressing the reporting and disclosure requirements for the Statement of Cash Flows. In addition, pensions and other unique transactions, events, and disclosures will be addressed.

Prerequisite(s):
ACC 302
Intermediate Accounting III4
ACC 331A
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4 Quarter Hours

Analyzes costs for decision making, capital investment decisions, quantitative models for planning and control, and performance evaluation. Strategic control systems, using accounting data for internal decision making, and cost control are also emphasized.

Prerequisite(s):
ACC 241
Cost Accounting4
ACC 416
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to the discipline of auditing, accounting systems, and internal controls in public and private sectors, as well as the auditing profession and the audit process. Topics covered will include audit reports, professional ethics, legal liability, responsibilities, audit evidence, and planning. Internal controls and risks are also introduced.

Prerequisite(s):
ACC 303
Auditing, Systems, and Controls I4
ACC 417
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4 Quarter Hours

Applies the audit process to various transaction cycles. This course introduces the systems of controls and related analytic flow charting for each of the transaction cycles, as well as the test of controls and the substantive tests for each cycle. This course is a continuation of Auditing, Systems, and Controls I.

Prerequisite(s):
ACC 416
Auditing, Systems, and Controls II4
ACC 431B
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4 Quarter Hours

Addresses the fundamental principles of accounting for governmental units, colleges, hospitals, voluntary health and welfare organizations, and other non-profit organizations. Students will compare and contrast non-profit accounting processes with those of for-profit enterprises by evaluating the differing regulations for recording transactions, financial reporting, and revenue recognition as well as funding options and budgeting.

Prerequisite(s):
ACC 302
Governmental and Non-Profit Accounting4
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Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
ACC 312B
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides in-depth coverage of fundamentals of federal taxation related to business entities, including C and S corporations and partnerships. Emphasis is placed on the application of tax laws to the preparation of federal tax and informational return for these entities.

Prerequisite(s):
ACC 121
Business Entities Taxation4
ACC 341B
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides in-depth coverage of the fundamentals of federal and state taxation related to individuals. Students will examine the federal tax system; research and apply tax law; and calculate gross income, deductions, and future tax liability. Tax planning for the individual will also be addressed.

Prerequisite(s):
ACC 121
Individual Taxation4
ACC 441
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to perform accounting functions related to the acquisition of a business, consolidated financial statements, and disclosure requirements for industry segments.

Prerequisite(s):
ACC 303
Advanced Accounting4
Business Requirements60 Hours

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Course NumberCourse TitleCredit Hours
ECN 201
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides an introduction to aggregate economic issues to include inflation, unemployment, and Gross Domestic Product (GDP); economic theories; market system; and the role of government.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 108 or MTH 111.
Principles of Macroeconomics4
ECN 202
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines the functions of individual business decision making, market structures, market failures, and the role of government within the economy.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 108 or MTH 111.
Principles of Microeconomics4
ECN 301
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4 Quarter Hours

Focuses on economic topics of international trade theories including advantages, costs, and barriers to free trade; capital mobility; balance of payments; and foreign exchange markets.

Prerequisite(s):
ECN 201
International Economics4
ELECT 106A
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4 Quarter Hours

Course Description Not Available

Accounting/Management/Marketing Elective4
ELECT 106B
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4 Quarter Hours

Course Description Not Available

Accounting/Management/Marketing Elective4
ELECT 106C
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4 Quarter Hours

Course Description Not Available

Accounting/Management/Marketing Elective4
ELECT 106D
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4 Quarter Hours

Course Description Not Available

Accounting/Management/Marketing Elective4
ELECT 106E
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4 Quarter Hours

Course Description Not Available

Accounting/Management/Marketing Elective4
FIN 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a balanced exposure to development and understanding the various aspects involved in managing one's personal finance.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 091 or satisfies developmental writing or placement exam, MTH 091 or satisfies developmental math or placement exam, ENG 098B or satisfies developmental reading or placement exam.
Personal Finance4
FIN 301A
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4 Quarter Hours

Covers working capital management, capital budgeting issues, a study of the time value of money, financial statement analyses, valuation of financial instruments, term structure of interest rates, and analyses of short- and long-term capital markets.

Prerequisite(s):
ACC 122
MTH 108 or MTH 111
Principles of Finance4
HUM 401A
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines the philosophical foundations for personal and professional ethics. Students identify and analyze ethical situations in modern society.

Prerequisite(s):
ENG 102
Philosophy of Ethics4
LAW 211
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides students with an introduction to the legal issues inherent in dynamic business environments. Topics covered include the legal system, including an examination of constitutional law; business torts; contracts; intellectual property; criminal law; and the ethical considerations for business decision making.

Business Law4
LAW 312
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4 Quarter Hours

Advances the business student's knowledge of the law as it relates to topics such as sales, negotiable instruments, creditors' rights, secured transactions, bankruptcy, employment and labor laws, federal securities acts, personal property, real property, environmental law, insurance, and business ethics.

Prerequisite(s):
LAW 211.
Advanced Business Law4
MGT 101
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4 Quarter Hours

Provides a basic understanding of many aspects of business through an overview of the changing business environment, the roles of small businesses, entrepreneurs, and the importance of customer relations, management, and marketing. Financial management, accounting and banking will also be discussed.

Introduction to Business4
MGT 311
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines the effects of environmental change on organizations and organizational systems. Emphasis is placed on sustaining change by building organizational capability involving human resources and organizational practices which have the potential to sustain the organization's ability to continually adapt in a dynamic environment. Topics include organizational behavior, groups and interpersonal influence, strategic interventions, approaches to systems, system analysis and design, implementation techniques, monitoring, complementary human assets, contextual relations, and linkages. Specific examples are drawn from industry experience and models.

Prerequisite(s):
Junior status.
Organizational Change4
MGT 321
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4 Quarter Hours

Explores the role of information systems in organizations. This course covers the major types of information systems and the impact that these systems have on organizations, including how information systems improve decision making and support the business strategy. Information system development and planning are covered, as well as information security and the challenges of future technology changes.

Prerequisite(s):
Junior status.
Management Information Systems4
MGT 431
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4 Quarter Hours

Addresses the strategic function of an enterprise. By integrating functional courses into a balanced overall view, this course focuses upon the interaction and interrelationships of an organization with its environment. This is the capstone course in the Bachelor of Business Administration in Management program.

Prerequisite(s):
MGT 311, MGT 321
Strategic Management4
MKT 111B
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4 Quarter Hours

Examines the essentials of an introductory course than can be either a survey course or a prerequisite to more advanced marketing studies. Study includes product identification, positioning and pricing strategies, consumer need identification and making the connection between consumer needs and product advertising, basic distribution strategies, and some of the decision-making tools at the disposal of the marketing manager. This course is recommended as a first course for marketing majors.

Principles of Marketing4
MTH 401
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4 Quarter Hours

Introduces students to data analysis, data-driven decision making, and various statistical methods including their applications. Methods covered include measures of central tendency, probability distributions, sampling, and regression analysis.

Prerequisite(s):
MTH 109 or MTH 112.
Statistical Methods4

Quarter Hours Required for Graduation: 108

Program Description

This program provides students with a bachelor's degree who wish to complete the educational requirements for the CPA exam the additional education needed to meet Michigan's educational requirements. Students wishing to become eligible to sit for the examination in other states or need further information are advised to contact the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (www.nasba.org). Students are strongly advised to contact the State of Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs for further information about the requirements of becoming a CPA in Michigan.

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 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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  • How long will it take me to complete this Post Baccalaureate Certificate of Accounting program?

    The program is designed to take 33 months to complete. Of those that completed the program in 2012-2013, *% finished in 33 months.

    *Less than 10 students completed this program in 2012-13. The number who finished within the normal time has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.