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.

State Authorization

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.


Contact Us

Cheryl Moore, Ph.D.
Program Director, Accounting
Office: Preston 319
Phone: 814-824-3082