Departments of Business & Economics, Psychology, Allied Health
Real-world approach to teaching.
Instead of learning by the textbook, students engage in hands-on work inside and outside the classroom, learning the fundamentals of business and accounting in order to apply what they learn to real-life situations.
Our curriculum focuses on rational approaches to business and problem solving and on awareness of business environments. We graduate career-ready business professionals, ready to excel in the competitive business world or to pursue a graduate degree.
Accreditation council for business schools and programs
The majors of accounting, business, and international business offered by the Department of Business and Economics in the College of Arts and Sciences at Baker University first achieved full accreditation by the The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) in 1994. ACBSP issued Baker its latest reaffirmation certificate for these programs in 2016—a hard-earned distinction that corroborates our faculty’s excellence.
A Step Ahead
Many schools establish five-year accounting programs in order to provide their students an opportunity to meet the 150-hour requirement to sit for the CPA (certified public accountant) exam. By contrast, Baker students completing 16 hours per semester, four Interterm courses, and 10 hours of internships and summer courses are able to earn their 150 hours—and all required accounting courses for both the major and the exam—in only four years.
Accounting majors are encouraged to participate in the BOOK program (Baker Organizational Observation for Knowledge) to enhance their internship experiences. Interns research the organization’s history, mission, structure, products and services, finances, and management.
Practical experience is a core component of any degree, so accounting majors are required to complete one internship while at Baker. We have developed many ongoing relationships with businesses throughout the area that are eager to host Baker interns. A faculty advisor will help you get connected.
4+1 Bachelor’s to MBA Dual Degree Program
Students who earn an undergraduate business degree from Baker’s School of Professional and Graduate Studies or College of Arts and Sciences in Baldwin City can earn their bachelor’s degree and MBA in five years. This program is open to current students and graduates.
Baker participants who meet program requirements will not be required to take the 9 hours of MBA foundation courses. 4+1 students will be required to complete the 9 hours of MBA core courses and the 12 hours of concentration courses. To complete the remaining 21 MBA credits within a year, 4+1 students must take one at least one course each term for seven terms.
- Satisfy the graduation requirements for the undergraduate program.
- Earn a Baker cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.
- Earn a GPA of 3.0 or higher in Baker business baccalaureate core courses.
Accounting Course Descriptions
Our accounting majors go on to land the following jobs:
- Licensed conveyancer
- Management consultant
- Purchasing manager
- Retail banker
- Tax adviser
The Department of Business and Economics gives these awards with financial prizes to be applied to the following year’s tuition:
- Mildred Hunt Riddle Departmental Recognition Scholarship for Business and Economics
- KPMG-Cecil Miller Scholarship
- Carley M. Upp Memorial Scholarship
- William G. McGowan Scholarship
- Professor Fran Jabara Leadership Awards
- Outstanding First-Year Business Major
- Outstanding Sophomore Business Major
Meet the Faculty
Kevin Conley, JD, CPA
Assistant Professor of Business & Economics
B.A. University of Northern Iowa, J.D. University of Iowa College of Law
Expertise: business law, income taxes
Office: Mabee 308
Martha Harris, CPA, CMA, CFE
Professor of Business & Economics
B.S. Baker University, M.B.A. University of Kansas, M.L.A. Baker University
Expertise: financial institutions, fraud examination
Office: Mabee 310A
Gary Irick, CPA
Professor Emeritus of Business and Economics
B.S. Baker University, M.M. Northwestern University
Expertise: financial reporting and auditing
Office: Mabee 309
Alan Salts, CPA
Assistant Professor of Accounting and Business
BS University of Kansas, MBA University of Missouri - Kansas City