Be a Critical Player in Any Organization
Join one of the top accredited accounting programs and be on the right track to achieve your career goals. In 2016, GMercyU's high CPA exam pass rate ranked the program 14th in the nation for similar-sized schools, according to the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy.
Here, you will gain a solid background in accounting principles, taxes, auditing, finance, and business theory. If you want to build a career as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or put your accounting chops to work in the business world, consider our bachelor’s in accounting with a CPA track or our accelerated 4 + 1 MBA option.
Earn an Accounting Degree and put yourself on the CPA Track
If you’re considering a career as a CPA, you can complete your CPA education requirements along with your bachelor’s degree in four years. In addition to the accounting program’s standard 125 credits, you’ll earn another 25 credits to reach the 150 credits needed to be on the CPA track. You’ll also gain specialized knowledge in investments, operations, and international finance, and get real-world experience by completing a paid internship with a public accounting firm.
In 2016, GMercyU was ranked 14th in the country for very small schools with a CPA exam pass rate of 73.3%, compared to the national average of 56%, according to the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy.
Earn an Accounting Degree and your MBA in just five years
For students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, GMercyU offers a unique 4 +1 MBA option that allows you to earn both a bachelor of science degree in accounting and a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) in just five years. Skip the grad school entrance exams by taking additional credits during your senior year – as part of your undergraduate tuition – and then seamlessly completing your MBA the following year. Contact your advisor to discuss your eligibility to enroll in this program.
The GMercyU Difference
At GMercyU, dedicated professors, a small student community, and top-notch academics will help you reach your goals. You’ll get more individualized attention here than you’ll find at other accounting schools in PA, and you’ll start down the road to a successful college and professional career. For the past several years, 100% of students in the CPA track have landed jobs after graduation. The accounting program at GMercyU also is accredited through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).
Take your education even further outside of the classroom. Earn real-world experience through paid internships at public accounting firms, non-profits, industry, and government organizations. You also can participate in professional accounting associations to make connections, get advice, and map out your career. In fact, our students are offered a student membership to PICPA (Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants), and encouraged to join the Student Chapter of the North Penn Chapter of the IMA (Institute of Management Accountants).
Increase the value of your degree by adding an undergraduate minor. GMercyU offers a wide variety of minors so you can choose the one that best meets your personal and professional goals.
In addition to general education requirements, our accounting degree students will complete the following courses:
Prerequisites - 15 Credits
Management Core - 24 credits
||Principles of Marketing
||Principles of Management
||Business Statistics I
||Principles of Finance
||Business Statistics II
|Accounting Core - 27 Credits
||Intermediate Accounting I
||Intermediate Accounting II
||Investment and Business Taxation
|Internship or Open Electives - 8 credits
Optional CPA Track
|Additional Required Accounting, Business and Finance Courses
||Intermediate Accounting III
||Accounting Information Systems
||Advanced Accounting II
||Internship in Public Accounting
A minimum of 125 credits is required for the bachelor’s degree in accounting (non-CPA track).
To review course descriptions, please refer to the undergraduate catalog (PDF).
Students pursuing degrees in accounting increasingly value the real-world experience that internships provide. More than 80 percent of Gwynedd Mercy University’s recent accounting graduates completed at least one paid internship. Many accounting majors completed two internships during their undergraduate careers.
Our accounting majors have recently completed internships at:
Gable Peritz Mishkin LLP
Pritchard, Beiler, Gruver and Willison P.C.
Clifton Larson Allen
Catholic Health Care
Bee, Bergvall & Co
Resnick Amsterdam Leshner, P.C.
In addition, one GMercyU accounting student earned a fellowship through Sigma Beta Delta, the business honor society. Read Kyle's story!
If you’ve already earned college-level credits at other institutions, you can transfer them to Gwynedd Mercy University. All you need to do is submit your transcript and a course description to the Registrar, who will determine whether the course counts towards the credits required for graduation. Read more on our Transfer Credits page.
In addition, Gwynedd Mercy University has articulation agreements with Delaware County Community College and Manor College.
Delaware Community College
AAS Accounting to BS Accounting Non-CPA Track
AS Accounting to BA Accounting Non-CPA Track
When you choose accounting, you're preparing to play a critical role in all kinds of businesses and organizations.
Possible careers for accounting majors:
Bank Credit Officer
Business Valuation Analyst
Certified Public Accountant
Chief Financial Officer
International Trade Specialist
*Some of these careers may require additional education.
*This is only a partial list and not meant to limit you.
Where our Graduates Work After Graduation
Bimbo Bakeries USA
Gable Peritz Mishkin LLP
Grant Thornton LLP
Maillie, Falconiero & Company
PA Department of Revenue, Bureau
Pritchard, Bieler, Gruver, Willison
Resnick, Amsterdam Leshner
Universal Health Services, Inc.
Clifford Larson Allen
Philadelphia Department of Revenue