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Online Accounting Degree / Online Post Baccalaureate Accounting Certificate

The Linfield Department of Business believes that education is a life-long process. The Department's courses provide you with a sound education in business and accounting within the broader context of a liberal arts education. Graduates with an accounting degree normally advance in the professional fields of accounting, finance and management. The projected growth rate for accounting careers is estimated to increase over 22% before 2014 (Data from the U.S. Department of Labor). 

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Online Accounting Program Overview

Higher education for the adult learner is more important than ever! To respond to this need, Linfield College is proud to offer a bachelor's degree and a post baccalaureate certificate in accounting for the adult student. This degree and certificate program employs a variety of delivery formats to overcome barriers you encounter in accessing higher education – work schedules, proximity to a college, and responsibilities to family. You can complete all of the courses in the Accounting Degree or Post Baccalaureate Certificate through online classes. This allows you to achieve your educational goals via the technological innovations available to us.

Accounting Course Overview

To fulfill major requirements in the degree, a student must complete the courses listed below. The post baccalaureate certificate courses are those numbered 361 and higher, and require the prerequisites of 260 and 261 or equivalent in transfer from other colleges. The required courses each contain four credits. For purposes of meeting the college’s residency requirement, the Business Department requires that 15 credits in the major or certificate be in courses numbered 341 and above.

For students preparing to sit for the CPA exam in their state, BNSS 440 Business Law II and BNAC 464 Government/Not for Profit Accounting, and all four courses of BNAC 461, 466, 468, and 469 are recommended to be taken during the undergraduate degree. All prerequisites must be met prior to registration in recommended courses.

ECON 210 Principles of Economics BNAC 361 Intermediate Accounting I
BNAC 260 Financial Accounting BNAC 362 Intermediate Accounting II
BNAC 261 Managerial Accounting    
BNMG 301 Management Plus 3 of the following
BNMK 321 Marketing BNAC 461 Cost Accounting
BNSS 340 Business Law I BNAC 466 Advanced Accounting
BNFN 341 Financial Management BNAC 468 Federal Income Tax
BNSS 495 Strategic Management (MWI) BNAC 469 Auditing


Online Post Baccalaureate Accounting Certificate

The Post Baccalaureate Accounting Certificate is designed to prepare professionals who want to qualify for positions in public accounting, government and non-profit accounting, and corporate accounting. Many graduates of this post bac program have qualified to take the CPA exam in their state to become Certified Public Accountants. All courses are taught by Linfield accounting instructors who have extensive experience in the accounting profession and teach to industry and board of accountancy standards.

Upon completion of their accounting certificate, graduates will gain the knowledge that is needed to build a career in accounting or to expand the scope of their accounting knowledge for advancement in their current organization or in new positions. College graduates who have earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and then add the specialized knowledge that is gained with the Linfield Post Baccalaureate Accounting Certificate will enhance their career opportunities and increase their earning power.

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Why Choose Linfield College?

Linfield is one of the first colleges in the West and was chartered in 1858. The college is fully accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities as a non-profit, independent institution. Linfield has received praise in recent years by The Washington Post, Atlantic, New York Times, Washington Monthly, Huffington Post, Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges.”  Forbes named Linfield one of the nation’s “Top Colleges,” with special recognition for quality of teaching and student satisfaction. Linfield pioneered online education in the Pacific Northwest and now serves a virtual learning community of adult students logged in from around the globe.
The advantages of Linfield's adult degree program are:

  • Desirable faculty to student ratio of 1:14
  • Convenient methods of class delivery
  • Affordable costs, comparable to state schools
  • Academic advising support and financial aid assistance
  • Online academic tutoring services
  • Superior research and library assistance 
  • Career planning assistance

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Can I receive credit for previous college work?

Absolutely! Most academic college classes that you have taken from an accredited community college or four year college or university; for which you received a grade of “C” or higher, will count towards your bachelor’s degree. Our academic advisors will review all transcripts and will work with you to transfer as many credit as possible.

What about experience? I own my own business—shouldn’t that count for something?

We have a program that awards credit for knowledge gained on the job or through volunteer activities called credit for prior learning (CPL). You will work closely with an instructor to decide what courses you will challenge and assemble a portfolio to present prior learning demonstrated through experience. Your academic advisor can tell you more about this program.

What are the General Education requirements in a Linfield bachelor’s degree?

The general education is called the Linfield Curriculum and stresses wide exposure to the ways that educated individuals, be they scientists, artists, entrepreneurs, teachers, or ethicists, engage ideas, articulate choices and assert opinions. The Linfield Curriculum consists of an Inquiry Seminar (college writing), seven courses in the Modes of Inquiry, two courses in Diversity Studies, and a Writing-Intensive course in each major. Courses taken to satisfy the Linfield Curriculum also complete requirements in one or more areas of each student’s major.  

How many credits will it take to finish my degree?

The requirement for a bachelor’s degree from Linfield College is a cumulative total of 125 semester credits, which includes the Major, Linfield Curriculum, and electives. Credits that you completed at accredited community colleges and four-year colleges and universities count toward this total. A minimum of 30 credits in the degree must be completed at Linfield. Your advisor will work with you to maximize your previous college and work experiences, and provide a suggested academic plan to finish your program in the major you choose.

I’d like to find out more. What is the next step?

Please contact us and one of our knowledgeable admission and enrollment specialists will be in touch with you shortly.