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Accounting

The accounting programs in the graduate school at Mercyhurst University are designed to provide professional knowledge at the level of a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Mercyhurst offers two options through a mixture of on-campus and online coursework to best meet the goals, needs and schedules of working students. The college also offers an undergraduate major and minor in accounting for those lacking pre-requisite accounting coursework.

The Graduate Certificate in Accounting is a one-year, four course (12 credit) program designed to provide knowledge at the level of a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). The certificate in accounting prepares students to be successful contributors and leaders in the field of accounting. Our curriculum is modeled after and uses materials from the Wiley CPA review. At the end of this four-course program, individuals will be prepared for the CPA exam. These courses may be applied toward a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership in the future.

You may also choose to enroll in the Master of Science (M.S.) in Organizational Leadership program with an accounting concentration. You will receive a professional level of accounting knowledge, be prepared to take the CPA exam, and gain invaluable knowledge in the area of leadership that will prepare you for a leadership role in your organization. The master’s program is a 11 course (33 credit) program that can be completed in two years. In addition to the four accounting courses required for the graduate certificate, you will take seven core courses as part of the Organizational Leadership curriculum.

Cost and Career Information

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Course Requirements
 

GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN ACCOUNTING

This certificate is comprised of four courses (12 credits). Students must complete the following:

  • ACCT 610 Auditing and Attestation (AUD)
  • ACCT 630 Business Environment and Concepts (BEC)
  • ACCT 650 Financial Accounting and Reporting (FAR)
  • ACCT 635 Regulation (REG)
     

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP WITH ACCOUNTING CONCENTRATION

In addition to the four accounting courses required for the graduate certificate (listed above), you will take seven core courses as part of the Organizational Leadership curriculum:

  • OL 500 Leadership Theory and Practice
  • OL 502 Leadership and Organizational Behavior
  • OL 504 Research Methods
  • OL 505 Organizational Ethics
  • OL 530 Organizational Communications for Leaders
  • OL 651 Financial Operations and Analysis
  • OL 676/677 Thesis or research-based project

 Download the Graduate Course Catalog for more information on these programs or to view course descriptions for the classes above.

Contacts

Office of Graduate Studies
Phone: (814) 824-2297

Dr. Anne Zaphiris, associate professor of organizational leadership
Office location: Main 200
Phone: (814) 824-3382
Email: azaphiris@mercyhurst.edu

Candace Schiffer, M.A., associate director, graduate admissions
Phone: (814) 824-3384
Fax: (814) 824-2055
Email: cschiffer@mercyhurst.edu 

Kristen Pepe, academic coordinator, graduate admissions
Phone: (814) 824-2297
E-mail: kpepe@mercyhurst.edu