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.
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
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.
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 of Insurance Risk Management Office: Phone:814-824-3290 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Gary Sullivan is Assistant Professor of the F. W. Hirt Erie Insurance Risk Management Program at Mercyhurst University in Erie, PA. He is responsible for developing the school’s new risk management curriculum for the Walker College of Business in collaboration with the Ridge College of Intelligence Studies and Applied Sciences. Prior to joining Mercyhurst University, Gary enjoyed a 23-year career in with Auto-Owners Mutual Insurance and Erie Insurance. He had roles ranging from adjuster to executive. In his most recent position as Vice President, Property & Subrogation Claims for Erie Insurance, Gary was in charge of company policy, process, and procedure for claims handling in the property and subrogation disciplines. He ran several successful technology innovations and projects that improved customer service and operations, as well as reduced expenses. Gary's areas of expertise include blockchain, claims, property and casualty insurance operations, subrogation, claims management, legal liability, and property damage.
Gary has served various service and professional organizations including his recent roles as a member of the Property Liability Research Bureau Advisory Board and chairman/co-chairman of the Property Drone Consortium. Gary holds degrees from Lake Land College (A.S.), the University of Illinois (B.A.), the University of Pittsburgh (M.B.A), as well as several insurance industry designations including Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter. Gary is sought out as an industry expert through speaking engagements and industry publications, plus he is known as an innovator as he was named one of “Fifteen People to Watch in Insurance Technology” by Insurance Networking News.
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:Preston 313C 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.
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.