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CPA & HR Exam Prep Courses

CPA Exam Preparation (OL Accounting Graduate Certificate)

Prepare for the CPA exam, and earn a graduate certificate in accounting through the Organizational Leadership graduate program. Each course offered within this certificate program is designed to specifically address material from each of the four CPA exam sections, including:

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

In order to become a certified public accountant, you will need to pass each of the four exam sections. Mercyhurst students boast an 85 percent pass rate on this exam; the national average is 50 percent.

Graduate Certificate in Accounting

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 all four sections of the CPA exam. These courses may be applied toward a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership in the future.



SHRM-CP & SHRM-SCP Prep Course


Earn the new credential for HR professionals

  • Only SHRM prep course in Erie County
  • 14-week program
  • Taught by a certified HR professional
  • Credential recognized by HR field
  • Mercyhurst’s SHRM pass rate = 85%
  • National SHRM pass rate = 60%


  • HR professionals preparing for the exam
  • Students who want to advance their education or to update their HR knowledge
  • HR professionals seeking continuing education
  • HR professionals who want to enhance their marketability


  • Test and improve your competency in the field through critical thinking and application
  • Demonstrate a high level of technical expertise in the field
  • Validate your ability to apply technical and behavioral competencies
  • Invigorate your insigt of key ideas and concepts
  • Enhance your understanding of core competencies
  • Boost your productivity as well as others with newfound leadership skills


About SHRM

About SHRM



Cost and Career Information

In compliance with the “gainful employment” regulations under Title IV of the Higher Education Act, as amended, Mercyhurst is disclosing certain cost and career information to prospective students. You can view this information by clicking here.




Office of Graduate Studies

Kristen Pepe, academic coordinator, graduate admissions
Phone: (814) 824-2297