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Post-Baccalaureate Accounting Certificate Program

Accounting is one of the most popular majors at Bellarmine University. Our graduates are well prepared for professional accounting careers with Certified Public Accounting (CPA) firms, major corporations, and government or non-profit agencies. 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. Many Bellarmine students obtain positions and acquire business experiences through paid internships before program completion.

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. Bellarmine is the first and only private university in Kentucky to achieve AACSB accreditation. The Rubel School is also listed as one of Princeton Review’s “295 Best Business Schools.”

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 examination as quickly as possible without impairing the quality of education. The program can usually be modified to meet the requirements of other states to take the CPA examination. A student with an undergraduate degree in business will typically need to complete 8 courses (24 credit hours) to be awarded the certificate in 4 semesters. 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 6 semesters. Students can complete the program in as few as three semesters. Both day and evening classes are available. There are no general education or incidental courses in the program.

Contact Information

To learn more about the program, please feel welcome to contact the Assistant Dean of the Rubel School of Business, Dr. Richard Schrader. You may reach him at 502.272.8443 or

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