Accounting

Chair or Program Director: 

Audrey A. Gramling, Ph.D., CPA, CIA, Chair
Horrigan Hall 012-U, Phone 502.272.7443, agramling@bellarmine.edu

Faculty: 

David T. Collins, Ph.D., CPA; Alan B. Deck, Ph.D., CPA, CMA; Alisha Harper, JD, LLM; Keith Richardson, Ph.D.; Richard Schrader, Ph.D., CPA; Patricia M. Selvy, Ph.D., CPA

The accounting profession is experiencing demand for professionals that can meet the challenges of a dynamic and global marketplace. Today's accountants are important members of their organizations, using their business expertise, communication and interpersonal skills, and accounting knowledge to improve organizational decision-making. Accounting graduates of Bellarmine University are well prepared for professional accounting careers with Certified Public Accounting (CPA) firms, corporations, and government agencies. Our accounting students have many career options.  All of the “Big 4” international CPA firms, several regional firms, and 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. 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 can 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 allows students to obtain entry-level positions in major corporations and governmental entities. However, many of our students choose to graduate with an undergraduate degree in accounting and a MBA, providing them with the required 150 course hours to sit for the CPA exam. Bellarmine offers several 150-hour program alternatives, including a dual major, supplemental minors, or the dual BA/MBA programs. For those with a baccalaureate degree in any field other than accounting who want to pursue professional careers in accounting, we offer the undergraduate certificate in professional accounting program. The accounting coursework is identical regardless of the specific program of study. Beginning in 2012, Bellarmine began offering a Master of Science in Taxation.

Learning Goals - BA in Accounting Program

  1. Each student must demonstrate the ability, through clarity, content, and composition, to convey information to others in written communication.
  2. Each student must demonstrate the ability to recognize and analyze ethical problems and choose and defend resolutions for practical solutions that occur in business.
  3. Accounting majors will demonstrate knowledge of core business functions.
  4. Students shall be able to express themselves clearly and professionally in oral presentations.
  5. Accounting graduates will be prepared for professional accounting positions.

AACSB Accreditation

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 5 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 potential employment opportunities upon graduation.   

Accounting Scholarships

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.  Scholarship application materials are accepted during Fall and Spring semesters from accounting students currently attending Bellarmine University. Please contact Department Chair, Audrey A. Gramling, for additional information about available scholarships.

High School Scholarship Program

A high school student scholarship program provides the opportunity for outstanding high school students to take Accounting 101 and one additional course, tuition free, the summer before entering Bellarmine.  Please contact Department Chair, Audrey A. Gramling, for additional information about the High School Scholarship Program.

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