Accounting: Robert Morris University Accounting | Robert Morris University


RMU Accounting Degree ProgramRMU’s accounting program covers the many functions that accountants perform in the complex and changing contemporary business environment. Our faculty members bring real-world experience to the classroom, and the state-of-the-art facilities in the brand-new School of Business building give you hands-on experience in a corporate setting. As a result, you hit the ground running, primed with the confidence and knowledge you need to land a good job and succeed in this competitive career field.

Studies lead to the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.) degree with a concentration in accounting.

Upon completion of this program, you will be able to:

  • Understand the fundamentals of financial reporting, and analyze and use financial information when making business decisions.
  • Utilize information technology to make business decisions.
  • Understand and apply ethical principles and social responsibility in business interactions.
  • Communicate effectively and professionally.
  • Work in a complex, dynamic business environment.

The accounting program will prepare you for a successful career in one of the many areas of this dynamic field, including auditing, taxation, managerial or cost, and government. It will also prepare you for professional certification as a Certified Public Accountant or Certified Management Accountant and for graduate study in accounting, law, and management.

Recent Accounting Graduates Work Here: 
Alcoa, Alpern Rosenthal, Bank of New York, Calgon Carbon, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Deloitte, Duquesne University, Ernst & Young, H&R Block, Internal Revenue Service, KPMG, Maher Duessel CPAs, Mellon Financial, PNC Bank, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Schneider Downs, University of Pittsburgh.

2010 national mean bachelor-level, entry-level salaries: (information from the National Association of Colleges and Employers)

By type of employer

By job function

Accounting Services


Accounting (Private)


Banking (Commercial)


Accounting (Public)


Consulting Services


Auditing (Private)


Financial Services


Auditing (Public)


Government (Federal)




Household & Personal Care Products


Finance, Taxation, Monetary Policy




Financial/Treasury Analysis


Petroleum & Coal Products


Investment Banking (Corporate Finance)


Retail/Wholesale Trade


Management Trainee


2009 RMU Salary Survey:

Mean: $41,862

Range: $21,000- $76,000



Below is a typical four-year course of study for accounting students, including major requirements and electives. Your own schedule will vary based on your own interests. 

FRESHMAN/Fall Semester FRESHMAN/Spring Semester
Reading & Writing Strategies Argument and Research
General Psychology Principles of Microeconomics
Finite Math and Applied Calculus Intro to Financial Accounting
Principles of Sociology Intro to Decision Support Systems
Science elective
SOPHOMORE/Fall Semester SOPHOMORE/Spring Semester
Managerial Accounting Intermediate Accounting I
Principles of Microeconomics Legal Environment of Business
Public Speaking and Persuation Business Professional Communication
Humanities: Art and Music Intro to Ethics
Statistics Non-business elective

JUNIOR/Fall Semester JUNIOR/Spring Semester
Principles of Finance Taxes I: Federal Taxes
Intermediate Accounting II Cost Accounting I
Accounting Info Systems     International Business
Business elective                       Principles of Marketing
Humanities: Art and Music  Non-business elective

SENIOR/Fall Semester SENIOR/Spring Semester
Management Theory & Practice Accounting elective
Management Science Auditing        
Accounting elective         Non-business elective
Non-business elective Strategic Management
Business elective                             Strategic Management


Internship Employers:
Allegheny County, Alpern Rosenthal, Atlas Brokerage, Bayer, Calgon Carbon, CIGNA, Deloitte, Department of Defense, FedEx, Giant Eagle, Heinz North America, Jackson Hewitt, KPMG; Liberty Tax Service, Mellon Financial, National City Mortgage, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, State Auditor General, UPS, US Steel.

The Robert Morris University School of Business Complex is a high-tech learning laboratory that provides business students the same kind of hands-on educational environment that engineering and science students take for granted. The 18,000 square-foot facility is the first LEED-certified building on RMU's campus, and it includes state-of-the-art business technology including a simulated trading floor and a Bloomberg lab to give students access to real-time financial data, and an immersive videoconferencing experience that will allow students, faculty, and corporate leaders to communicate with colleagues around the world.

RMU’s business faculty is a diverse group with corporate and global business experience, bringing the advantage of real-world knowledge directly into the classroom. Many hold professional certifications in their discipline, and they guide our students in pursuing professional certifications.

Our faculty members are actively involved with the business community and professional organizations, providing endless educational and networking opportunities for our students, both in and outside of classroom. They also conduct applied research projects on emerging business topics involving our students. They take pride in getting to know their students from day one and in being part of their career path after graduation. 

Scholarships are available based upon academic achievement. 

For freshmen, high school grade point average and ACT/SAT scores are used. For transfer students, the cumulative grade point average of all college courses is used. Scholarships range from $1000 per year up to full tuition. (To calculate your scholarship eligibility, click here.)

Higher education is an investment in your future. 

At Robert Morris University, we will work closely with you to show you how to finance your education through a combination of need-based financial aid, scholarships, and financing strategies to make your education attainable. RMU has one of the lowest tuition rates of all private institutions in the state, but we know that financing your education can be complicated, and your family might need help in understanding your options. 

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