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In Chatham's BA in accounting, you'll develop a strong understanding of accounting and business concepts in order to communicate critical financial information and analyze it for business and enterprise decision-making. The accounting major provides a strong foundation in financial accounting (external focus); managerial accounting (internal focus); accounting information systems and analysis; taxation; and internal controls/auditing. You'll also develop critical thinking skills and analysis, communication skills, research skills, and information systems skills to provide the foundation for continued education and growth throughout your career.
Chatham's small class sizes, ideal location, and involved professors made choosing Chatham an easy choice! Chatham's accounting major and professors continuously help open so many opportunities for me to continue to grow and learn as a young accountant.
—ELAYNA BURDELSKI '20
Second Place at the IIA/PICPA Case Competition
In October 2018, an undergraduate team from Chatham won second place ($1,200) at the IIA (Internal Audit Association)/PICPA Case Competition! Judges offered unsolicited comments noting the "engaging" style, "out of the box" thinking and thoughtful answers to their questions. The competition included 20 institutions and 99 students from the region.
Explore the Accounting Degree:
- Enhance your classroom knowledge with business seminars on career strategies and issues affecting markets, personal sessions with mentors, and networking events with successful business professionals both on- and off-campus.
- Set yourself apart with a minor in one of Chatham’s other undergraduate business programs (management, marketing, management information systems, international business, economics, or applied data science analytics), or in another field such as psychology or communication.
- Qualified students may be eligible for Chatham’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) or other Integrated Degree Programs, saving money and decreasing the time to acquire both bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
- All students complete a capstone seminar that channels the knowledge they’ve accumulated into a discipline-specific project under close faculty guidance.
- Chatham’s Business & Entrepreneurship Department promotes student engagement with members of the professional community by bringing accounting professionals to campus for networking events; taking students to conferences and career events off campus; and connecting students and professional associations. Some examples of the associations and organizations we have connected students to include Deloitte, Schneider Downs, Pennsylvania Institute for CPAs (PICPA), Institute for Management Accountants (IMA), and Financial Executives Institute (FEI).
The course engages the student in a study of auditing objectives, standards, and procedures employed in the examination of business enterprises and verification of their financial statements. Topics include an evaluation of internal control, preparation of work papers, report writing, professional ethics, and current auditing trends.
This course introduces students to the role cost considerations play in management decision making. Topics include the classification and allocation of costs, job order and process costing, standard costs, budgeting and planning, cost-volume-profit analysis, and using costs as performance measurements.
Accounting Information Systems
This course examines critical business processes and IT audits through theories of Accounting Information Systems (AIS) and using auditing tools and enterprise systems. Case analyses and project assignments nurture professional competence in communicating objectives and procedures through systems documentation techniques, systems analysis and design methodologies, and information processing.
Experienced faculty with current accounting and finance skills facilitate students’ application of accounting in today’s environment.
Chatham Business Insight
Learn about funding opportunities and read about people, events, and other activities associated with accounting and other business majors on Chatham’s Business Insight blog.Learn More
Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship (CWE)
The Center for Women's Entrepreneurship connects students with area business leaders and promotes events on campus, such as the Think Big Forum, a series of panel discussions focusing on strategic business growth, entrepreneurship, leadership, and sustainability.Learn More
College of Distinction
Chatham has been named a College of Distinction for its Business degrees, recognizing the program for its expert blending of the liberal arts with professional programming in its Business majors.
The Department of Business and Entrepreneurship at Chatham University has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA.
Student Achievement and Outcomes
Internships and Jobs
Students have interned at a variety of settings, including organizations such as: Deloitte, PWC, Mylan, CLA, Pitt-Ohio, Sisterson & Co, Giant Eagle, Goodwill of SWPA, GNC Inc., United Way–YWCA, and Schneider Downs & Co., Inc. Alumni work at organizations including Deloitte; Sisterson; Schneider Downs; Department of Defense, and the Office of Inspector General.
Student Profile: Nora Moorefield '17
Chatham junior and accounting major, Nora Moorefield ‘17, has been invited to intern with UPMC’s Summer Associates Program—a highly competitive, compensated 11-week internship that exposes college students interested in business or technology-related areas to real-world business opportunities. Read more.