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Are you looking to broaden your grasp of the specific skills necessary to prepare for the CPA examination?

Our post-bac certificate in accounting (CPA preparation) will help you learn how to communicate financial information about a business to users such as shareholders, managers, investors, regulators, and the general public. It will prepare you for the full range of accounting tasks, including preparing financial statements; recording business transactions in order to keep track of a firm’s liabilities, assets, income, and expenses; working with new technologies, and developing and using information systems.

Required Courses

To earn the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Accounting (CPA Preparation), students must:

  1. Successfully complete all of the required courses with at least a C-
  2. Successfully complete at least five of the required courses listed below at IU Southeast after completion of an undergraduate degree
The following 6 classes (18 credit hours) are required
Dept./Course # Title Credit Hours
BUS-A 301 Accounting: An Information System 3
BUS-A 311 Intermediate Accounting I 3
BUS-A 312 Intermediate Accounting II 3
BUS-A 328 Introduction to Taxation 3
BUS-A 424 Auditing 3
BUS-L 303 Commercial Law 3
Complete one class (3 credit hours) from the following
Dept./Course # Title Credit Hours
BUS-A 339 Advanced Taxation 3
BUS-A 422 Advanced Accounting 3

NOTE: Additional coursework in business and economics as well as other requirements exist in various states. Completion of the PBC in Accounting cannot be relied upon to ensure compliance with CPA regulations in all jurisdictions. Only the appropriate state board or other certifying body in each jurisdiction can provide you with the most current authoritative information regarding requirements in their state.

Admission Process

To apply for a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, you must submit the following:

  • Application for Undergraduate Admission
  • A one-time, non-refundable application fee of $35. This fee is not required if you have previously applied for undergraduate admission at any Indiana University campus.
  • Official transcripts from the college/university awarding your bachelor's degree.

Please visit the IU Southeast Office of Admissions website or call (812) 941-2212 or (800) 852-8835 (Ind. or Ky.), or visit in person for application deadlines, reciprocity guidelines, financial aid and other questions.


Please contact Kris Bloos, academic advisor in the School of Business at or (812) 941-2362 for more detailed information on the admissions process and course requirements.

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Kris Bloos

Academic Advisor

Hillside Hall 221A
Phone: (812) 941-2362

Financial Aid

Students may be eligible for Financial Aid for the Accounting (CPA Preparation) Certificate.

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  • Post-Baccalaureate – Accounting (CPA Preparation)

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