Bachelor of Science in Accounting

Our 60-credit-hour Bachelor of Science in Accounting (BSA) program prepares you to enter the field of public accounting or for a career in today’s business environment. Learn to analyze, interpret, and communicate financial information that can be applied in any organization.

Develop and refine the skills you’ll need to assess the accounting needs of a business or organization and provide viable solutions.

  • Financial, managerial, and tax accounting
  • Auditing and systems
  • Change management
  • Ethical decision making
  • Effective communication

Earn your BSA in approximately two and a half years in Overland Park.

Questions? Contact an Enrollment Recruiter

913.491.4432 | 800.955.7747 business.programs@bakerU.edu

Bachelor's Degree Program Start Dates

YOU CAN DO THIS

You can fit college courses into your existing schedule by taking classes one night a week. Classes are held year-round, and new classes start every seven weeks.

PRIOR LEARNING CREDIT

Our Prior Learning and Assessment (PLA) Center offers flexible, efficient ways to recognize college-level learning you have acquired through life experiences outside the traditional college classroom. You have the opportunity to earn credit through several nontraditional methods, and to save time and money by gaining college credit for what you already know. Contact Us

LEARN FROM BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS

Instructors in the accounting program are working professionals from diverse disciplines. As experts in their respective fields, they will share their experiences and knowledge with you while challenging you to reflect and critically examine the world in which you live.

BAKER BUILDS BUSINESS LEADERS

A degree from Baker commands respect in the business community. It signifies that you have met Baker’s high standards and have acquired the knowledge and skills to excel in your career.

THE BAKER EXPERIENCE

“We had some really high-quality instructors. Our instructors were people who are out in the world doing what they are teaching. That was probably the best part [of my Baker experience], because they brought real-world experience and that was really incredible.”

RONALD | BSA ’18

“My goals with a degree in accounting are to get where I need to be in order to sit for the CPA exam. Having this degree puts me on the path I need to be to better provide for my family, as well as set an example for my kids. I want to take the knowledge I am gaining from Baker University and advance myself in the accounting field. I push myself to succeed and this degree is going to help me get there!

My favorite thing about this program is the setting. From day one, I have been with the same group of people and we have built a connection and friendship that will last long past the degree. I also love that I am able to reach my goals while balancing my family and work life. Baker has given me the opportunity to better myself, while still providing for my family and being there when they need me.”

JEN | BSA Student

TUITION & FEES

Tuition $450/credit hour
One-time nonrefundable registration deposit (applied to first-course tuition): $60
Technology fee $30/course
Graduation fee $100

Requirements & Curriculum

What We Need From You

  • Completed application form
  • Official transcripts from all regionally accredited colleges or universities attended
  • For applicants whose native language is not English, a minimum TOEFL test score of 600 on the paper-based test, a score of 250 on the computer-based test, or score of 100 on the internet-based test for international applicants, or a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 (Additional requirements will apply.)

Enrollment Eligibility

Official transcripts from all regionally accredited institutions of higher education previously attended must indicate a minimum grade point average of 2.0. To be eligible to enroll in a major, a minimum of 36 transferable credit hours (D grades do not transfer) including 3 credit hours of college-level English composition or equivalent with a grade of C or better must be earned.

Applicants who do not meet these minimum requirements will be considered for conditional or provisional admission on a case-by-case basis.

A student seeking to earn a bachelor’s degree must complete the required course of study as prescribed in the program. If a student has completed a comparable course within the past five years, he or she may request a course waiver for a maximum of two courses. The request to waive or transfer course work must be made in writing before beginning the bachelor’s program. The student’s schedule and financial aid packaging must be factored into the approval process for waived course work.

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Based on reasonable projections of faculty availability and appropriate curriculum considerations, the following courses can change as deemed necessary by Baker University to fulfill its role and mission.Approximately two and a half years are required to fulfill the core program requirements. Courses must be completed in the order recommended by the university.

BU 110 Orientation to Business Education

This is an introductory course for adult students pursuing a business degree. Topics include program planning, group interaction, written and oral communication skills, research skills, test taking, note taking and time management. This course instructs students in the methods of critical reading and reflection and in the application of these skills in writing. (3 credits) **Required for all BSA students

BU 305 Effective Business Communication

This course prepares students for writing and speaking in professional settings and in future SPGS courses. Students learn to write analytically and persuasively with a reader-centered approach. Students will employ the writing process of invention, drafting, editing and revision. Students will become skilled at finding and eliminating most common writing errors and learn to write succinctly. BML 305 satisfies the written English general education requirement distribution. (3 credits)

BU 315 Best Practices in Management and Leadership

Designed to provide an overview of the roles and responsibilities of managers in the day-to-day operation of organizations, this course examines the critical roles of leadership, decision making, and communication and explores aspects of motivation and managing conflict, change, and diversity in contemporary organizations. (3 credits)

BU 336 Innovative Marketing Strategies

This course examines the nature of marketing and how it identifies and satisfies consumer needs. Learn about strategic marketing processes in an organization, the environmental factors that affect marketing, how consumers reach buying decisions, marketing research methodology, and the marketing mix elements, product, price, place and promotion. (3 credits)

BU 352 Business Law & Governmental Regulation

Business Law and Government Regulation examines the formation and application of common law, the Uniform Commercial Code, and administrative agency law in relation to the business organization. (3 credits)

BU 327 Leveraging Technology in Decision Making

This course presents the many forms of information systems that provide data to contemporary organizations, including databases, the Internet, and decision support systems. The course reviews system design, infrastructure, security, and electronic commerce. Satisfies the Computer Science requirement. (3 credits)

BU 333 Business Analytics

Business Analytics is an introduction to statistics. Students learn how to conduct proper data collection and analysis, and how to interpret and use statistics to enhance business decisions. (3 credits)

BSA 205 Financial Accounting

An introductory accounting course describing accounting theory and practice, Financial Accounting emphasizes the use of financial statements for management control. (3 credits)

BSA 470 Intermediate Accounting I

The primary goals of Financial Accounting Theory and Accounting are 1) to help students understand the theories and principles behind the pronouncements issued by regulatory bodies and used by companies to present their financial information, and 2) emphasize the proper application of these theories with consideration of ethical issues and the best benefit to investors. Students gain an advanced understanding of not only the rules of accounting, but the reasoning behind them. This basis enables students to logically apply the relevant rules from governing bodies in many different situations. It also provides them with the background to know the best sources for further information on current accounting topics. Students focus on in-depth aspects of financial accounting theory, including concepts such as revenue and expense recognition, capitalization, asset valuation, earnings per share, and implementation of international financial reporting standards (IFRS). Further, students explore regulatory requirements and key components of financial reporting. (3 credits) Prerequisite BSA 205 Financial Accounting

BSA 350 Managerial Accounting I

This is the first of two Managerial Accounting courses. This course discusses managerial accounting concepts, including costing systems, profit analysis, budgeting, performance evaluation, and product pricing. By analyzing internal company information, students learn to make decisions that influence company directions and successes. (3 credits) Prerequisite BSA 205 Financial Accounting

BSA 484 Finance, Capital, & Management

Finance, Capital, and Management develops the basic financial skills used in decision making within the business organization for long-term financing, capital budgeting, working capital management, and related areas. (3 credits)

BSA 471 Intermediate Accounting II

This course is a continuation of Intermediate Accounting I, BSA 470, which is a prerequisite to BSA 471. (3 credits)

BSA 420 Accounting Information Systems

To explore the continuing need for automated financial data and transaction processing, students in this course investigate needs analysis, systems development and operation, technology evaluation, system requirements, security, planning, and training as they relate to accounting and auditing principles. Emphasis is placed on analyzing business operations and management decision-making based on information systems controls, communications, and reporting. Students evaluate current databases and other systems and determine if new systems design is required for optimum performance. (3 credits)

BSA 242 Microeconomics

This course is an introduction to economic analysis of market economies. Topics include scarcity and choice, price and output determination, market power, and wages and employment. Evaluating the effects of government policies is emphasized. (3 credits)

BSA 338 Income Tax

This class asks students to explore different research techniques to understand account regulations and taxation. Students gain an advanced knowledge of FASB and other governing entities, including how to apply the standards put forth by such organizations. Further, through an overview of corporate taxation, students obtain an understanding of taxation’s effects on the strategic decision making process. (3 credits)

BSA 464 Macroeconomics

This class studies theories of the business cycle and inflation. Differences between Keynesian, classical, neo-Keynesian, and real business cycle models are studied, and implications for macroeconomic policy are derived. (3 credits)

BSA 351 Managerial Accounting II

This course is a continuation of Managerial Accounting I, which discusses managerial accounting concepts, including costing systems, profit analysis, budgeting, performance evaluation, and product pricing. By analyzing internal company information, students learn to make decisions that influence company directions and successes. (3 credits) Prerequisite BSA 350 Managerial Accounting I

BSA 346 Managerial Finance

This course is designed to allow students to improve their economic reasoning skills. Microeconomic theory is taught by application to real-world economic problems. (3 credits)

BSA 480 Advanced Accounting

This course provides an in-depth study of business combinations and the preparation of consolidated financial statements. Other topics include foreign currency transactions, translation of foreign currency financial statements, and begins exploring accounting for governmental and not-for-profit organizations. (3 credits) Prerequisite BSA 471 Intermediate Accounting II

BSA 455 Business Policy Analysis

This course is designed to find out about the contemporary policy issues facing business professionals, and integrate the various disciplines encountered in the BBA program. The course focuses on learning to evaluate alternatives and construct an effective policy statement. (3 credits)

Students must meet the following requirements to earn a Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree:

  • Successful completion of at least 124 credit hours
  • Successful completion of the specified Bachelor of Science in Accounting upper-division courses and all other courses taken through Baker University(A maximum of 6 hours of comparable course work may be transferred into the BSA upper-division courses with the exception of BU 305.)
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 2.5
  • A BBA core GPA of at least 2.5 in BSA upper-division courses
  • Satisfaction of the 30 credit hours of general education requirements in arts and humanities, social sciences, and science. Typically, an earned Associate of Arts degree or an associate of Science degree from a regionally accredited institution will satisfy the requirement. The6 hour social science requirement is met through BSA 242 and BSA 464.
  • Satisfaction of the 9 credit hours of general education requirement in math, upper-college written English, and computer science. This 9-hour requirement is fully met through BSA upper-division courses:
    • Math (BU 333)
    • Upper-college written English (BU 305)
    • Computer Science (BU 327)
    • These hours cannot be counted toward total hours more than sonce, substituted, or waived by Baker. Completion of this requirement through these BSA upper-division courses does not decrease the 124 hours required for the degree, rather it allows students to complete additional elective course work.
  • Submission of intent to graduate form six months before anticipated degree completion
  • Payment of all tuition and fees
  • Approval by the faculty and Board of Trustees

General Education Course Requirements | 27 credits

  • Arts & Humanities (with no more than 6 semester credits counted from any one discipline) 18 credits
  • Social Sciences (satisfied in BSA core courses) 6 credits
  • Sciences 6 credits
  • Math (College Algebra or higher; satisfied in the BSA core courses) 3 credits
  • Computer Science (satisfied in BSA core courses) 3 credits
  • Upper-College Written English 3 credits (satisfied in BSA core courses)

Total 27 credits (minus the 15 credits included in the BSA upper-division courses)

General Electives | 40 credits

BSA Core Courses | 60 credits

 Transfer Hours

We will evaluate your transcripts from other regionally accredited colleges and universities to determine what credits will transfer.

CONCENTRATIONS

Each concentration is a collection of five courses chosen from a variety of classes; they may be taken concurrently with the core courses or following completion of the core.

Requirements

  • Current enrollment in good standing or successful completion of the bachelor's program
  • Payment of all tuition and fees
  • Access to email and internet capabilities
Finance

The concentration offers an enhancement of financial decision-making skills in organizational systems thinking. Students will examine corporate finance, investment decision making, the role of financial institutions, and complexities of international financial markets through practical application.

BML 342 Financial Drivers for Sustainability (offered within core program) 3 credit hours

BUS 4400 North America & the European Union: London, England* 3 credit hours

BUS 4720 Investments 3 credit hours

BUS 4721 International Finance* 3 credit hours

BUS 4722 Financial Institutions 3 credit hours

BUS 4723 Corporate Finance 3 credit hours

BUS 4724 Advanced Financial Planning 3 credit hours

BUS 4725 Government Finance 3 credit hours

*A course cross-listed with another concentration

Total Undergraduate Credit Hour Requirement: 15

Health Care Administration

The concentration focuses on the critical role of health care administration in one of the nation’s fastest growing and most challenging industries, health care. Students will develop foundational knowledge, skills, and abilities related to leadership and management roles in the American health care industry.

BUS 4251 The American Healthcare System** 3 credit hours

BUS 4252 Fundamentals of Healthcare Administration** 3 credit hours

BUS 4254 Healthcare Policy and Politics 3 credit hours

BUS 4256 Healthcare Ethics 3 credit hours

BUS 4258 Information Systems for Healthcare Management* 3 credit hours

*A course cross-listed with another concentration **Required course Total Undergraduate

Credit Hour Requirement: 15

Human Resources

The concentration offers a deep exploration of issues related to effective management of human resources in an increasingly competitive business environment. Students will examine the role of the manager through staffing, employee development and retention, employee relations, and global HR management courses.

BML 348 Strategic Human Resources (offered within core program) 3 credit hours

BUS 4023 Employment Law 3 credit hours

BUS 4740 Employee Development and Retention 3 credit hours

BUS 4741 Staffing 3 credit hours

BUS 4742 Global Human Resources* 3 credit hours

BUS 4743 Employee Relations 3 credit hours

*A course cross-listed with another concentration

Total Undergraduate Credit Hour Requirement: 15

CONTACT US

School of Professional and Graduate Studies
913.491.4432 | 800.955.7747
business.programs@bakerU.edu