Program Overview

Why a post-baccalaureate accounting degree?

The business world changes, but there will always be a need for accounting professionals to track the finances of both organizations and people. At Point Park University, we help students with previous educational experience gain the credentials they need to enter this rewarding field with the online Post-Baccalaureate Bachelor of Science in Accounting degree.

Curriculum Overview

Our fully online post-baccalaureate accounting degree program is designed for professionals by professionals. Each course is created and taught by professors with years of experience in accounting, business and finance. With courses in tax accounting, auditing and business law, the online post-baccalaureate accounting curriculum helps students master the skills accountants use daily. Our online post-baccalaureate accounting program will offer you the advanced expertise and real-world knowledge you need to start your career in accounting. With our commitment to high-quality service, you will have access to our dedicated success staff that will assist you every step of the way. Gain the skills you need for the career you want. Discover the Point Park difference.

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  • Next Start Date:October 19, 2019
  • Est. Program Length:2-3 Years
  • Credit Hours:48
  • Course Length:8 Weeks
  • Cost Per Credit:$480
  • Transfer Credits Accepted:Up to 18

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Prerequisites (12 credits)
  • MATH 175 – Elementary Statistics
  • ECON 201 – Principles of Macroeconomics
  • MATH 180 – College Algebra
  • ECON 202 – Principles of Microeconomics
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Data analysis and charts, rules of probability, conditional probability, distributions, random variables, sampling, confidence interval estimates, hypothesis testing, regression and correlation. Students enrolling in this course should have a background in college preparatory algebra, including high school Algebra I and Algebra II or equivalent.
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An introductory analysis of economic theory as applied to fiscal and monetary policy affairs.
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This college level algebra course includes the study of linear, polynomial, rational, radical, quadratic, exponential, and logarithmic functions and their graphs. Other topics include inequalities, factoring, systems of equations, complex numbers, and applications. Students enrolling in this course should have a background in college preparatory algebra, including high school Algebra I and Algebra II or equivalent.
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An introduction to the pricing and allocation mechanism of the classical market economy.
Departmental Major Requirements (48 credits)
  • ACCT 210 – Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • ACCT 220 – Managerial Accounting
  • ACCT 230 – Accounting Information Systems
  • ACCT 310 – Intermediate Financial Accounting I
  • ACCT 311 – Intermediate Financial Accounting II
  • ACCT 312 – Intermediate Financial Accounting III
  • ACCT 350 – Federal Taxation
  • ACCT 410 – Adv. Accounting Theory
  • ACCT 440 – Auditing
  • BMGT 201 – Business Law I
  • BMGT 202 – Business Law II
  • BMGT 300 – Corporate Finance
  • BMGT 338 – Operations Mgmt/QA
  • BMGT 481 – Business Models of Organiz.
  • CMPS 163 – Business Analytics
  • CMPS (Elective)
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Introduction to and application of financial accounting concepts relating to the importance of accounting in business and the application of generally accepted accounting principles related to the collection, recording, analysis, interpretation and reporting of financial accounting information. Prerequisite: MATH 180.
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Introduction to and application of managerial accounting concepts related to the use and interpretation of accounting data in decision making. Prerequisite: ACCT 210.
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An introduction to computerized accounting information systems. Financial data processing and reporting, including application of accounting concepts, principles and preparation of reports, using systems commonly used in actual practice. Prerequisite: ACCT 210.
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A study of accounting standards, the conceptual framework and financial reporting with a focus on the income statement, the balance sheet, the statement of cash flows, and a detailed examination of accounting concepts related to cash, receivables and inventories. Prerequisite: ACCT 210, CMPS 214.
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A study of accounting standards, the conceptual framework and financial reporting with a focus on property, plant and equipment, intangible assets, depreciation, amortization, impairments, liabilities, and equity. Prerequisite: ACCT 310.
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A study of accounting standards, the conceptual framework and financial reporting with a focus on revenue recognition, income taxes, leases, pension, and post-retirement benefits. Prerequisite: ACCT 311.
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Basic principles and procedures of Federal Taxation with an emphasis on individual taxpayers. Perquisites: ACCT 210, CMPS 214 or permission of instructor.
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Accounting principles as they relate to business combinations and the consolidation process. Advanced complex financial accounting topics will be covered. Prerequisites: ACCT 312.
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An introduction to the fundamentals of financial statement auditing. A student of the principles and practices used by public accountants in examining financial statements and supporting data with an emphasis on the basic auditing concepts such as risk, internal control, evidence, objectivity and important relationships among these concepts. Perquisites: ACCT 312.
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An introduction to the law in general and a survey of the law as it relates to business transactions including the law of contracts, agency and employment, personal property, bailments, real property, wills, descendants’ estates, trusts and international law.
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A survey of the law as it relates to business transactions including the law of sales, the Uniform Commercial Code, consumer law, commercial papers, partnerships, corporations, antitrust, labor, environmental, secured transactions, bankruptcy, insurance and administrative law. Prerequisite: BMGT 201.
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The problems associated with the effective management of capital. Includes the development of corporations, legal aspects, securities market, and financial planning and development. Prerequisites: ACCT 210, MATH 175.
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Students will study concepts of operations management. Students will learn to use statistical techniques and quantitative analysis to apply to business type problems. Topics will include: Project management (PERT), use of formulas/mathematical equations/probability to make business decisions, models such as linear programming, forecasting, and basic inventory models.
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The capstone class requires students to interpret knowledge gained throughout their coursework in the University core and major program in order to conceptualize a business model (mission/vision/values), analyze a company’s business model, and create a business operations plan for a theoretical organization. An e-Portfolio will be utilized for assessment purposes. Prerequisites: ACCT, BMGT, or ECON/FIN Major. 90 or more credit hours. ACCT 101 & 102; BMGT 201, 202, 300; ECON 201, 202; and any 1 course in the student’s concentration area.
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This course will provide you with concepts and tools to utilize data for making informed business decisions. We will start with the raw data and work our way to conclusions and examine all the intermediate steps in detail. Topics as data collection, model selection, built-in assumptions, and uncertainty will be at the core of the course. You will familiarize yourself with tools to apply these concepts in practice.

Students applying for entry into Point Park University’s Post-Bac B.S. in Accounting program must meet the following requirements:

  1. Degree admission requires a bachelor’s degree. A cumulative minimum GPA of 2.0 is also required. Students with a lower GPA may be considered for admission by the program director based on additional information in support of the application.
  2. The university reserves the right to require an interview or supplementary materials for any applicant (degree or non-degree) and use these as a means for making an admission decision.

Career Outcomes

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for accountants was $67,190 in 2015. By pursuing the proper credentials, you can tap into the accounting field through a variety of positions, including:
Public Accountant

Public accountants are responsible for providing various services designed to help their clients successfully navigate their finances. Common areas of services include accounting and auditing, tax preparation and consulting. Public accountant clients vary tremendously; they may include individuals, small and large companies, government agencies, nonprofits and educational institutions.

Management Accountant

Management accountants (also called “corporate accountants”) help companies correlate their financials with an overall corporate business strategy. They may be charged with budgeting, managing taxes and assets, strategic planning, preparing statements, supervising lower-level staff and other related tasks. Management accountants generally work for a single company.

Internal Auditor

Internal auditors review financial records of companies to help them manage risks, meet strategic objectives and evaluate business practices. They are employees of the company in question, and their work is usually reported internally and tailored to company objectives. Internal auditors usually report to senior management and board members.

External Auditor

External auditors (also known as “independent auditors”) are certified public accountants charged with examining the financial records of companies. They serve as outside, unaffiliated parties to help avoid conflicts of interest. External auditors review financial statements and data, inspect business processes, ensure tax code compliance, and develop and report opinions as to the integrity of the company’s financial operations.

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