BACHELOR OF ARTS
The accounting program at Mercyhurst ensures that graduates are competent in advanced theories, principles, and applications of financial accounting, including cost analysis, auditing and tax procedures. Majors must choose to pursue one of two tracks that will determine if they can practice in the private or public sectors. The first track (121 credits) will lead to the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) exam for those who wish to work in the private sector. The second track — a double major in accounting and finance, which meets Pennsylvania’s minimum 150-credit hour requirement — will lead graduates to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and/or the Certified Financial Planner exams for those interested in public accounting.
This program may fulfill a portion of the requirements leading to licensure within this field. Please visit the State Authorization webpage to review the requirements for licensure by state or program.
2018 All testing events: Pass Rate of 49.0%, with an average score 71.7.
2018 First-time test-taking events: Pass Rate of 71.4%, with average score 79.3
2019 All testing events: Pass Rate of 57.9% with an average score 70.9
2019 First-time test-taking events: Pass Rate of 50.0% with an average score 65.3
2020 testing rates have not been published as of March 15, 2021.
Mercyhurst offers specialized accounting courses in a beneficial learning environment - small class sizes that enable continuous student-instructor interaction, a technological infrastructure that supports emerging techniques, and a skilled and experienced teaching staff.
Students are introduced to the language of business and the principles of accounting and become professionally competent in advanced theories and applications of financial accounting, cost analysis, auditing, and tax procedures.
The accounting program is registered with the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
The minor in business administration is open to non-business majors only. This minor includes eight courses (24 credits) designed to prepare students with general knowledge of the world of business, along with the communication skills and decision-making tools needed to succeed in business.
No minor course may be taken on a pass-fail basis, and students must earn a minimum GPA of 2.75 in the required business courses to meet minor program requirements.
ACCT 101 Principles of Accounting I/Financial
ACCT 102 Principles of Accounting II/Managerial
BADM 310 Business Law I
ECON 105 Macroeconomics
ECON 106 Microeconomics
FIN 280 Financial Management
MGMT 120 Principles of Management
MKTG 162 Principles of Integrated Marketing