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

Welcome to the Accounting Program at Bellarmine University!  The United States Department of Labor notes that employment of accountants and auditors is expected to grow 16 percent from 2010 to 2020. Entry level accounting jobs tend to see steady growth from year to year. Completion of an accounting degree at Bellarmine University will prepare you for this challenging and exciting career.

All of the “Big 4” international Certified Public Accounting (CPA) firms, several regional firms, and Louisville area local firms interview on campus and hire Bellarmine students. Bellarmine accounting students typically obtain career positions prior to graduation. During Fall 2012, 13 firms interviewed on campus for almost 40 positions. These interviews led to both internship and professional positions. 

According to the 2013 National Association of Colleges and Employers Salary Survey, accounting students graduating in 2013 will earn starting salaries that exceed those in nearly every other field, except engineering. Overall, the average salary for 2013 college graduates is $44,928, but accounting majors will earn an average of $53,500, which is up 7 percent from the class of 2012.

Robert Half’s 2013 Salary Guide for Accounting and Finance (Louisville market) notes the following for salaries in public accounting: starting salaries at midsize and large public accounting firms range from approximately $42,000 to $61,000 per year; and manager level (5-7 years of experience) salaries range from approximately $75,000 to $115,000 per year.

Bellarmine accounting students have opportunities to complete full-time “busy” season audit or tax public accounting internships. Freshmen through seniors have opportunities to be employed by major corporations and CPA firms in part-time positions while attending school. Interns gain “real-world” accounting experience and work with experienced CPAs. The following are some of the organizations that have provided internship positions for Bellarmine accounting students: A. J. Wissing, PSC; Atria Senior Living; Blue & Co. LLC; Crowe Horwath; Dean Dorton Allen Ford; Deloitte & Touche; Ernst & Young; Freibert Bigg; Humana; KPMG; LG&E; Messer Construction; Mountjoy Chilton Medley; Papa John’s International; PricewaterhouseCoopers; Republic Bank & Trust; Southern Graphic Systems; Strothman & Company; The Learning House; Texas Roadhouse; UBS Financial Services; and Yum! Brands.

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, most of our students choose to take one of the many options that provide them with the required 150 course hours to sit for the CPA exam and begin a career in public accounting. Bellarmine University offers several 150-hour program alternatives, including a dual major or supplemental minor (e.g., finance, communications, psychology, foreign language), a dual BA/Master of Business Administration (MBA), and a dual BA/Master of Science in Taxation (MST) program. These options can be taken with or without a fulltime internship position. For those students 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.

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 but less than 5% of the world's 13,000 business programs have earned AACSB Accreditation.

Bellarmine University Accounting Association

http://www.bellarmine.edu/business/accounting/accountassoc.aspx

The Bellarmine University Accounting Association provides extensive access to and interaction with potential professional employers from the freshman year through graduation, career placement, and commencement of students’ careers.  Beginning as a freshman, students are invited to join the Bellarmine University Accounting Association. Throughout each year at Bellarmine University, students will participate in social and professional networking events with potential employers. These events include volleyball, bowling, office tours, speakers, mock interviews, and much more.  

Scholarships for Accounting Students

All accounting students, beginning freshman year, are eligible for one of the many accounting scholarships we have available. In Fall 2012, over $50,000 in accounting scholarships were awarded to Bellarmine accounting students, with individual scholarships up to $2,500.  Please contact Department Chair, Audrey A. Gramling, for additional information about available scholarships.

Accounting Early Entry Summer Scholarship Program

The Accounting Early Entry Summer 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 this program.

Degree Requirements

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