Frequently Asked Questions
Will this program prepare me for a certification exam?
The Bellarmine Post-Baccalaureate Accounting Certificate Program is designed to help graduates of bachelor’s programs complete Kentucky state requirements for eligibility to take the CPA exam as quickly as possible without impairing the quality of education. The program can usually be modified to meet the requirements of other states. The program is not intended to serve as a “test preparation” type of program.
How do I apply to the certificate program?
Step 1 - Click on the “Apply Now” button.
Step 2 – Choose “Graduate or Second Degree Student” in the first drop-down menu.
Step 3 – Choose “All Other Graduate Programs” in the second drop-down menu.
Step 4 – Click on the “Begin Application” button.
Do I need an undergraduate degree to apply for the program?
Yes, students must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a discipline other than accounting.
What courses are required to complete the program?
- ACCT 101, 102, 211, 212, 313, 418;
- Nine semester hours selected from other accounting courses (ACCT 215, 317, and 318 recommended);
- Twelve semester hours selected from other accounting, business administration, or finance courses.
Can I transfer credit into this program from another institution?
A maximum of 9 hours in accounting and 18 hours total may be transferred to the Certificate program. All Certificate Program students must complete a minimum of 21 semester hours at Bellarmine University.
What is the average length of time to finish this program?
A student with an undergraduate degree in business will typically need to complete 8-10 courses (24-30 credit hours) to be awarded the certificate in 2 years.
A student with an undergraduate degree in a non-business field will typically need to complete 13 courses (39 credit hours) to be awarded the certificate in 2.5 years.
How many courses per semester may I take?
We do not have any limits on the number of courses that a student may take each semester. However, we recommend students with a full time work schedule start with one course to determine the workload and take no more than two courses in any given term.
Do you offer online courses?
No. The courses are all face-to-face.
Can I register for the certificate program at any time?
Yes, you may enroll in the program before the start of any semester (Summer, Fall, Spring). Both day and evening classes are available each semester. Every student works with the program director to develop an achievement plan that best accommodates his or her schedule.
Is the program accredited?
The W. Fielding Rubel School of Business at Bellarmine University is accredited by AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). Bellarmine is the first and only private university in Kentucky to achieve AACSB accreditation.
What are the hiring projections in the accounting field?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Employment of accountants and auditors is projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.”
Do you provide job or internship placement?
Yes. Every Accounting Certificate student has access to Bellarmine’s Career Development Center and is invited to attend regular Accounting CPA Firm and Industry recruitment events. All of the “Big 4” international CPA firms, several regional firms, and all large local CPA firms in the Louisville area interview on campus and hire Bellarmine students. Many large Louisville, national and international businesses also interview on campus or request résumés.
Is financial aid available?
Accounting Certificate students are eligible to apply for Bellarmine University Accounting Alumni Scholarships (range from $500-$2,000) and KYCPA Accounting Student Scholarships.
When is each course offered?
Please visit the “Course Descriptions” page on our website to see when courses are typically offered.
How many hours can I expect to spend studying outside of class time?
Each student has their own learning style so this can vary greatly. As a rule of thumb, expect to spend an average of two hours studying for every hour you spend in-class.