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 thirty-nine credits and may receive credit for up to eighteen 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 exam in Kentucky, total accounting semester hours must total 27, business related semester hours (including the accounting hours) must total 39, and total university semester hours must total 150.

Program Admission Requirements

  1. Complete application at: Apply Now
  2. Must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in a discipline other than accounting.
  3. Provide an email address in the online application for reference from a faculty member and/or supervisor who knows you.
  4. Submit a personal statement responding to the following prompt: What are your long-term career aspirations, and how will an Accounting Certificate from Bellarmine help you accomplish them?
  5. Personal interview may be required.
  6. Final official transcript(s) from each college or university attended should be mailed to the Office of Graduate Admission and should not be marked “Issued to Student.” If any transcript(s) or undergraduate degree(s) is from an international institution, you must provide an official copy to be evaluated by the Bellarmine International Programs Office. Official evaluations from World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) are accepted. The Office of Graduate Admission reserves the right to request a certified copy of the original transcript(s). Note: It is the student’s responsibility to request all official transcripts and test scores. Official transcripts and test scores are mailed directly from the institution to Bellarmine University and should not be marked issued to student or addressed to the student.  

International Applicants

Please complete the items under Procedure for Admission and submit the following:

Language Proficiency. All students are expected to have appropriate English-language proficiency to be admitted to the university. The language proficiency is required to ensure students are adequately prepared and well positioned to succeed.

Financial Affidavit. All applicants must provide cred- ible evidence (e.g. a bank statement, letter on bank stationary attesting to the availability of funds, etc.) of the ability to fund the cost of attending Bellarmine University for one academic year. If funds are pro- vided by another person on behalf of the student, an affidavit must accompany the financial information.

Proof of Passport. Scan of passport ID page must show validity for 6 months post completion of the program.

Accounting Course Descriptions

Certificate students select undergraduate courses from accounting, business administration, and from business-related subjects. Business-related subjects include courses that contain in the course prefix or title an indication that the course subject matter is one of the following: business, finance, marketing, management, economics, computers, or business statistics.

Waiver of Course Prerequisite Requirements

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

Student Success

For more information about the success of our students and the costs of the program, visit our consumer information website.

Contact Information

James Standard, Senior Graduate Admission Officer

Mailing Address:
2001 Newburg Road
Louisville, KY 40205