Undergraduate Certificate in Professional Accounting

Students who have previously completed a baccalaureate degree, in any field other than accounting, and wish to pursue professional careers in accounting will enter the undergraduate certificate in professional accounting program. Students complete a minimum of 39 credits and may receive credit for up to 15 hours based on their undergraduate coursework in business and accounting. The certificate program may be completed in one to two years, depending on previous coursework. To sit for the CPA examination in Kentucky, total accounting hours must equal 27, total business-related hours 39, and total college hours 150.

Requirements for Undergraduate Certificate in Professional Accounting, 39 credits

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a discipline other than accounting;
  • Completion of these five required courses totaling fifteen credits: ACCT 101, 211, 212, 313, 418;
  • Fifteen credits selected from other accounting courses or B.A. 403;
  • Nine additional credits selected from business administration or finance courses.

Accounting coursework  at Bellarmine University or another accredited university may be substituted for ACCT 101 and ACCT 102. Business coursework at Bellarmine University or another accredited institution in management, marketing, business law, or finance may be substituted for the required business administration and business-related courses.  Economics courses taken at Bellarmine University or another accredited university may be substituted for the required business courses if approved by the Kentucky State Board of Accountancy.   

For all certificate students, a minimum of twenty-four credits must be completed at Bellarmine University.   This must include twenty-one accounting credits and B.A. 403, or twenty-four accounting credits, beyond principles of accounting, (that is, beyond ACCT 101 and 102).

Course prerequisite requirements are waived for all courses taken by certificate students. 

For more information about the costs of the program and typical time to completion, please visit our consumer information website at http://www.bellarmine.edu/about/consumer/employment.aspx