Accounting Student Experience

Accounting students have a multitude of opportunities for involvement in and out of the classroom. Small class sizes allow you maximum interaction with classmates and professors in a program that focuses on student engagement and the use of real-world businesses as examples for learning. Accounting students may also participate in many activities beyond the classroom.

AICPA Requirements

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants requires students to complete 150 hours of course work to sit for the CPA examination. This has prompted many schools to establish five-year accounting programs. At Baker University, you can earn your accounting degree in four years.

Baker's school year consists of two semesters and a three-week Interterm. The Interterm classes are in January, between the fall and spring semesters. Students may take 16 hours per semester, making 128 credits in eight semesters.

If you take four Interterm courses, three hours each, you are up to 140 hours. Ten additional hours of summer courses or internship credit will put you at the required 150.


Practical experience is essential for anyone looking to enter the professional world, and at Baker, we offer you plenty of opportunities to acquire that real-world experience. As part of the curriculum, Business and Accounting students are required to complete at least one internship. Many students go beyond the required minimum, however. With possibilities to complete internships during the summer, during Interterm in January and even during the school year, many Baker students leave with an already impressive resume.

A faculty advisor will mentor you and assist in the acquisition of internships at area businesses. Baker has ongoing relationships with businesses throughout the area, and many businesses are eager to host Baker interns. No matter the business field, the geographic region or the experience you want, we will work with you to ensure the best professional experiences during your time as a student.

As part of Baker’s internship program, students are encouraged to take part in the BOOK Program (Baker Organizational Observation for Knowledge). Adding to the traditional internship experience, the program encourages students to look deeper into organizations by researching the history, mission, structure, products and services, finances and management of the company. Upon completion of an internship, participants in the BOOK Program create a PowerPoint and present their experience before judges, who then determine a winner of a cash prize.