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.
If you want a career in a field that offers endless opportunities in a global market that is here to stay, consider pursuing a bachelor's degree in accounting from Mercyhurst University.
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.
Business Administration Minor
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
Business Administration Minor
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Penny Hanes, MBA, CPA
Associate Professor of Business, Program Director for Accounting
Associate Professor & Associate Dean, Walker School of Business Office:Preston 303 Phone:(814) 824-3604 Email:email@example.com
Dr. Doolan brings a decade of practical experience with her to the classroom having been employed in various capacities in the accounting field prior to joining Mercyhurst. She has direct experience as a staff accountant, cost accountant, manager of accounting, public accountant/auditor, and business manager for a not-for-profit.
Dr. Doolan's research interests center on the areas of corporate governance, auditor selection, and behavioral accounting.
Dr. Doolan joined Mercyhurst as an accounting Professor in 2005 and assumed the role of Associate Dean of the Business Department in 2011. She teaches courses in the accounting major ranging from Principles of Managerial Accounting to Advanced Accounting. Dr. Doolan loves to meet current and potential business students...she encourages anyone interested in any of the business majors or minor offerings to come by her office in Preston Hall (303) at any time!
Amy Doolan, DBA, MBA.
Associate Professor & Associate Dean, Walker School of Business
Assistant Professor Office:Preston 325 Phone:(814) 824-2562 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
His scholarly interests are in the areas of international economics, regional economics, and gender economics. He has been awarded research grants from the Kellogg Institute and the Tinker foundation, and has presented his work in the United States, Mexico, and Canada.
Assistant Professor of Business; Program Director, Human Resource Management Office:Preston 324 Phone:(814) 824-3042 Email:email@example.com
Kimberly Zacherl serves as an Assistant Professor of Business, and Program Director for the Human Resource Management major in the Walker College of Business and Management. She has an extensive and diversified background including over twenty years of industry experience with expertise in management, sales, and marketing. Throughout her career, Kimberly has hired, managed, and trained employees at various hotels, managed a 3,900 member food and beverage club, and has over a decade of college teaching experience including 13 subjects, and has conducted many outside and inside workshops / presentations. She has held positions including General Manager, Hotel Manager, Clubhouse Manager, Director of Sales and Marketing, Marketing Consultant, and Educational Program Coordinator. All of this experience in the field has assisted Kimberly with the expertise in her area of research. Her research efforts have focused primarily on social media usage in the recruitment and selection process. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, and the Erie Advertising Club.
Kimberly has received numerous grants (Diversity Enrichment Grants, Academic Enrichment Grants, and Technology-Enabled Teaching Grants), serves on various community and University committees, and has demonstrated success in human resource management, customer relationship management, customer acquisition, training, mentorship, event management, strategic partnerships, and in developing knowledgeable and successful students.
Kimberly is an SPHR, a SHRM-SCP, holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and a Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management from Gannon University, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Mercyhurst University.
Assistant Professor Office:Main 209 Phone:(814) 824-2175 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Belovarac teaches courses in the management concentration, including Principles of Management and Human Behavior in Organizations. Her primary research interest lies in the area of organizational culture.
Dean, Walker College of Business & Management; Director of Organizational Leadership, Associate Professor Office:Preston 308 Phone:(814) 824-2738 Email:email@example.com
Mary B. Breckenridge (Missy) was the primary developer of the Organizational Leadership Master's program, which has been associated with the Walker College since its approval by Middle States. Missy has deep administrative experience across a breadth of programs and venues at Mercyhurst and other universities. She plans to ensure a continued student and faculty culture marked by academic excellence. Attention to and support of both adult and graduate populations will be an additional focus. Her experience as a long time administrator, teacher and student of leadership will help Walker College navigate the new higher education landscape.
Missy returned to Mercyhurst University in the summer of 2012 as an associate professor in the Organizational Leadership graduate program, while also acting as the director of the OL concentration in Higher Education Administration.
Missy served as provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Notre Dame College (NDC) in Cleveland from 2008-2012. Prior to joining NDC in 2008, Missy spent the previous 13 years in a variety of capacities including graduate program director and associate dean of the Graduate College at Mercyhurst.
Missy has a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Virginia Tech, a Master of Science in education from the University of Southern California, a teaching certification in social science, and a doctoral degree in educational leadership from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
B.A. Virginia Tech
M.S. University of Southern California
Ed.D. Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Recent publications include:
“Homeland Security – Related Education and the Private Liberal Arts College” in Homeland Security Affairs (2010), co-authored with Greg Moore, John Hatzadony and Kelley Cronin
“There’s No Place Like Home: The Effects of Childhood Themes on Women’s Aspirations for Leadership,” Journal of Women in Educational Leadership (2007), co-authored with Janet Wojtalik
Recent conference presentations include:
Professional Development for New Faculty
Council for Independent Colleges CAO/CFO Conference in Williamsburg, Va., November 2010
Women and Leadership at a Crossroad: Reflection on Past Influences and Present Practices, International Leadership Association Conference in Chicago, November 2006.
Research interests are in the area of women, leadership and assessment in higher education.
Mary Breckenridge, D.Ed.
Dean, Walker College of Business & Management; Director of Organizational Leadership, Associate Professor
Assistant Professor Office:Old Main 300 Phone:(814) 824-3363 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
She serves as an advisor to the Pre-Law Society at Mercyhurst University. She also serves as the Educational Compliance Advisor to the Office for Academic Affairs and is responsible for University FERPA compliance. She serves as the academic liaison to the Pennsylvania Department of Education for new program development. Her research interests include women and the law, as well as current higher education law issues. She is a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys and sits on the Editorial Board for the Journal of College and University Law published by the National Association of College and University Attorneys and Notre Dame Law School. She is also a member of the National Association of Women Lawyers. Attorney Bollheimer oversees the Pre-Law Minor at the University and will oversee the Higher Education Administration concentration in the Organizational Leadership Program. Meredith received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from the Pennsylvania State University in 1999. She received her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 2005.
Associate Professor Office:Preston 323 Phone:(814) 824-2533 Email:email@example.com
Penny Hanes has a BS in Accounting and an MBA from Gannon University, in addition to her CPA license. She is a tenured associate professor in the Walker School of Business. Penny has sixteen years experience in governmental accounting, three years in public accounting, and two years in corporate accounting as an internal auditor.
This is her twenty-seventh year of teaching accounting at Mercyhurst University.
Assistant Professor Office:Preston 313A Phone:(814) 824-2332 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Cullen received his BS from John Carroll University and MBA from Gannon University. He has also completed graduate work at the College of William and Mary and Kent State University. He has many years of business and consulting experience with several firms, including UBS Paine Webber, Merrill Lynch, and Great Atlantic Property Management.
Cullen has served on the Boards of Trustees of many community not-for-profit organizations in the Erie area. In addition, he conducts many media presentations/interviews/workshops, corporate employee education programs and various community organization educational program presentations.
Assistant Professor Office:Preston 304 Phone:(814) 824-2039 Email:email@example.com
Dr. Yalcindag was born in Turkey and received her bachelor of arts degree from Bosphorus University. She earned both a master's and a Ph.D. in economics from Boston College. Dr. Yalcindag enjoys meeting students from different cultures and advises many of the International Business majors.
Her research includes studies in economics education as well as international economics.