Department of Accounting and Finance

Accounting 

If you crave excitement, leadership, flexibility, rewards, challenges, and success, consider majoring in business with a major in accounting. An accountant must be able to communicate clearly, be good at working with people as well as computers, and have the ability to analyze and interpret facts and figures quickly.

Today’s accountants are decision makers who analyze and interpret financial statements. Often they follow a leadership route through their organizations. You may choose a career in corporate, government, private, or public accounting, or in internal auditing. All organizations need accountants, and your degree will open the door to any field that interests you. Duties vary according to the field you choose, but analyzing and interpreting financial data and making decisions based on your specialized knowledge are essential to all areas of accounting.

Requirements for majoring in business with a major in accounting.

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Finance

If you want to be at the heart of a business organization, are interested in financial administration, and have an aptitude for math, consider a major in business with a major in finance. Successful financial managers must have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, knowledge of computer technology and international finance, and the ability to think creatively and solve problems.

In addition to the well-rounded business background provided by other required courses, the finance major gives you the opportunity to prepare for a challenging and rewarding profession in corporate financial management, commercial banking, credit institutional management, or investments.

Financial managers are found in virtually every industry. Many work in financial institutions—banks, savings institutions, finance companies, credit unions, insurance companies, securities dealers, and real estate firms.

Requirements for majoring in business with a major in finance.

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Post Baccalaureate

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Accounting (PBA) program is offered by the Department of Accounting and Finance in the Indiana University—Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) Richard T. Doermer School of Business and Management Sciences. It is designed for qualified individuals who have already earned a bachelors degree. Typically, students who pursue the PBA are seeking an academic program of recognized quality which will help them prepare for careers in the field of accounting.

The goal of the PBA is to prepare individuals who already possess a baccalaureate degree in a non-accounting area for entry-level positions in the accounting profession. It will also serve to give an accounting major the additional hours needed to meet the 150 hour education requirement for the CPA exam.

Gainful Employment Program Disclosure

The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Accounting at IPFW is classified as a gainful employment program by the U.S. Department of Education. For additional disclosure information, please click here.

The Certificate is not a Degree

The PBA curriculum is accounting-specific. Thus, it is not an objective of the department to provide PBA students with the comprehensive business background currently available in the School's bachelor or MBA degree programs.

The PBA is not a "CPA Preparation" or "CPA Review" Program

The PBA certificate is not necessarily designed to comply with the state of Indiana education requirements to sit for the CPA examination. However, completion of the program combined with most business bachelor's degrees earned at an appropriately accredited institution generally will meet the current CPA education requirements. Individuals who do not possess a business undergraduate degree would have additional courses to complete in order to sit for the CPA examination. In all instances, academic advisors will be able to advise students about the CPA examination as well as other professional certifications.

Admission to the PBA Program

Admission to the PBA program is limited to holders of bachelor's degrees awarded by institutions which were accredited at the baccalaureate level by the North Central Association of Colleges (or comparable regional association) at the time the degree was granted.

To enroll in the program you must first be formally admitted to Indiana University. Alumni of Indiana University need not re-apply for admission, but must complete procedures for reactivating their university records. Application and Re-Entry forms are available from the IPFW Admissions Office, Kettler Hall, Room 111, 260-481-6812.

Applicants--including I.U. Alumni-are required to provide the IPFW Admissions Office with an official transcript documenting completion of their bachelors degree. We recommend that you attach this document to the admissions application (or "Re-Entry") form and send them both at the same time.

PBA Course Waivers

You may be eligible for waivers of course requirements based upon academic courses taken as part of your bachelor's degree provided those courses were completed within the past five calendar years. Waivers for advanced accounting and law courses require written authorization from the Department of Accounting and Finance.

PBA Curriculum

All courses are taught with the assumption that the material covered in specified prerequisite courses has been mastered. Specific requirements for the certificate are dependent upon your undergraduate degree.

Accounting Undergraduate Degree

12 credit hours

Accounting Electives - see approved list

15 credit hours

Other (may include law and accounting courses)

27 total credit hours

Other Business Undergraduate Degree (non-accounting)

12 credit hours

Accounting Courses Analysis

BUS A311

Intermediate Accounting I

BUS A317

Computer Based Accounting Systems

BUS A325

Cost Accounting

BUS A331

Taxation of Business Entities

6 credit hours

Accounting Electives - see approved list BUS A424 Auditing

12 credit hours

Other (may include law and accounting courses)

30 total credit hours

Non-Business Undergraduate Degree

6 credit hours

Accounting Courses

BUS A201

Introduction to Financial Accounting

BUS A202

Introduction to Managerial Accounting

12 credit hours

Accounting Courses

BUS A311

Intermediate Accounting I

BUS A317

Computer Based Accounting Systems

BUS A325

Cost Accounting

BUS A331

Taxation of Business Entities

6 credit hours

Accounting Electives - see approved list

12 credit hours

* Other (may include law but not accounting courses)

36 total credit hours

Note: Current requirements to sit for the CPA Exam in Indiana require 24 hours of Accounting and 24 hours of non-accounting business courses. Please check with the Indiana State Board of Accountancy for recent changes in requirements.

*Must take 24 non-accounting business credits (including law) to qualify to sit for the Indiana CPA Exam.

MBA Program

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Certificate in Bank Management

The Certificate in Bank Management provides local banking professionals as well as current undergraduate business students with advanced training specific to the banking industry.

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Bingo Sheets

Associate Degree

Bachelors Degree

Majors Information Sheet

Certificates

Post-Baccalaureate Accounting Certificate

Minor in Business Studies

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