Richard Schrader, Ph.D., CPA, Interim Department Chair
Horrigan Hall 009-B, Phone 502.272.8443, firstname.lastname@example.org
David T. Collins, Ph.D., CPA; Alan B. Deck, Ph.D., CPA, CMA; Keith Richardson, Ph.D.; Patricia M. Selvy, Ph.D., CPA
Bellarmine University Accounting graduates are well prepared for professional accounting careers with Certified Public Accounting (CPA) firms, corporations, and government agencies. Notable features of the accounting programs include: All of the “Big 4” international CPA firms, several regional firms, and all large Louisville area local CPA firms interview on campus and hire Bellarmine students. Many large Louisville and national and international businesses also interview on campus or request resumes. Currently, we have more accounting employers recruiting on campus each year than we have graduates. Most students obtain career positions prior to graduation. Professional internships are an integral part of the accounting program. Numerous part-time paid internships with corporations and CPA firms are available for freshmen, sophomore, junior, and senior students. In addition, spring semester and summer full-time paid internships with “Big 4,” regional, and large local CPA firms, are available to outstanding juniors and seniors, on a competitive basis. These internships typically lead to career employment offers.
The core of the Bellarmine accounting program is a four-year, 126-hour program that provides students with the knowledge necessary for a career in accounting and will allow students to obtain entry-level positions in corporate or governmental accounting. However, most Bellarmine University students plan to pursue professional careers with CPA firms and major corporations. These students complete at least 150 credit hours, the minimum required to obtain CPA certification. Bellarmine offers several 150-hour program alternatives, including dual major, supplemental minors, or dual BA/MBA programs. The accounting coursework is identical regardless of the specific program of study. The department also offers a post baccalaureate certificate in accounting designed to prepare students who have already completed a bachelor's degree in a field other than accounting for a professional accounting career.
Learning Goals - BA in Accounting Program
- Each student must demonstrate the ability, through clarity, content, and composition, to convey information to others in written communication.
- Each student must demonstrate the ability to recognize and analyze ethical problems and choose and defend resolutions for practical solutions that occur in business.
- Accounting majors will demonstrate knowledge of core business functions.
- Students shall be able to express themselves clearly and professionally in oral presentations.
- Accounting graduates will be prepared for professional accounting positions.
The W. Fielding Rubel School of Business at Bellarmine University is accredited by AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), which places it among the elite business schools in the nation. Not only is Bellarmine the first and only private university in Kentucky to achieve AACSB accreditation, but fewer than 15 percent of business schools worldwide have achieved this distinction.
Accounting Association, Internships, and Career Opportunities
The Bellarmine University Student Accounting Association and the accounting faculty provide extensive access to and interaction with potential professional employers from the freshman year through graduation, career placement, and commencement of students’ careers. Bellarmine accounting students are encouraged to compete for part-time internships with CPA firms, corporations, and government agencies (freshman through senior year) and competitive one semester full-time internships with CPA firms (juniors and seniors). These paid internships provide students with professional accounting experience and employment opportunities upon graduation.
Accounting Scholarships and High School Student Scholarship Courses
In addition to regular sources of financial aid offered to students attending Bellarmine University, the accounting department has a number of monetary scholarships available to accounting students. A high school student scholarship program provides the opportunity for outstanding high school students to take Accounting 101 and one additional course, tuition free, during their senior year in high school or the summer before entering Bellarmine.