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Department of Accounting
Department of Accounting
Bloomsburg University's Department of Accounting has 12 faculty members who hold doctoral degrees or master degrees with professional certifications. Collectively, they possess several major certifications (CPA, CMA, CIA, CFE, CFM, CGM), and have diverse experience working in public and private accounting, government agencies, and not-for-profit organizations.
The Department of Accounting has a more than 90 percent job placement rate over the last 10 years. National, regional and local public accounting firms, government agencies, and private sector organizations recruit on campus each year.
In addition to the BSBA in Accounting, the Department also offers a Master of Accountancy (M.Acc.) and a Minor in Accounting.
Housed in state-of-the-art Sutliff Hall, the College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
Those pursuing to be a licensed CPA in Pennsylvania must complete 150 hours of post-secondary education at an accredited school. Students who complete BU's undergraduate accounting program may fulfill all CPA educational requirements by staying for an additional year and completing either the Master of Accountancy or Master of Business Administration graduate program.
Accounting alumni score high on CPA exam
Congratulations to Bloomsburg University accounting alumni Michael P. Gimino '14, '15, and Michael R. Rosten '14. They were among the top 15 scorers on the CPA exam for 2015, according to National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA).
The top scorers are those individuals whose combined scores on all four sections of the CPA exam were the highest of all Pennsylvania exam takers last year. These young professionals have passed the CPA exam with distinction, completed their 150 credit hour requirement, and will soon complete their year of experience to become certified as public accountants in the state of Pennsylvania.
While reflecting on excellence, the past two cohorts in the BU Master of Accountancy program have distinguished themselves on the audit portion of the CPA exam. Fifty percent, 10 of 20 reported, passed the audit section with scores in the 90 percentage range, with an average of ninety percent for the entire group of 20. What an impressive result — a reflection of the students’ hard work under the tutelage of Mike Shapeero. In fact, three M.Acc. students passed the CPA section with scores of 99, the highest possible score. Those three are Michael P. Gimino '14, '15, Eric Hiser '14, '15, and Brandon J. Arizini '15, '16.
BU's accounting students achieved a national ranking for their performance on the 2015 CPA Examination. BU placed in the top 15% nationwide among universities in the medium sized program category, with a 62.6 percent pass rate for first-time test takers, well exceeding the average pass rate of 50 percent. The students earned the highest average exam score among exam takers from all graduate programs in Pennsylvania. Their pass rate of 82.4 percent was third highest in the state, just behind Carnegie Mellon and the University of Pennsylvania.