Corporate Accounting and Finance Degree

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Program Description 

Rockhurst University’s corporate accounting and finance degree is a concentration within the Bachelor of Science in business administration (BSBA) degree offered through the Helzberg School of Management. You’ll explore careers in finance and concepts in accounting, investments, financial markets, and institutional management. 

The degree in finance and accounting will transform you into an expert in financial accounting and management accounting, allowing you to create information structures and systems to maximize organizational performance in your future workplace. This vital role helps businesses reach their full potential.

In addition to corporate accounting and finance coursework, you’ll complete two innovative financial accounting sequences as part of the BSBA core:

  • Professional readiness sequence
  • Technology and predictive analytics sequence

Both sequences were developed by expert Helzberg School financial accounting faculty based on market research and consultation within hiring managers at area companies with a goal of better preparing students for the evolving accounting and finance industry.

In addition to this, you also have the option to pursue Excel certifications, further differentiating you from your peers.

And we can’t forget to mention one of the most important reasons why you should earn your corporate accounting and finance degree from Rockhurst University: The Helzberg School of Management is AACSB accredited. This is the highest level of accreditation and one achieved by only five percent of business schools in the world. A finance degree from an AACSB-accredited school sets your business management degree, and you, apart from the pack.

Learning Outcomes 

Graduates who earn a corporate accounting and finance degree from RU will be able to demonstrate:

  • Leadership: Graduates exhibit skills in personal responsibility, awareness of self and others, ability to work effectively in groups, and ability to foster positive team dynamics.
  • Ethical Behavior and Corporate Social Responsibility: Graduates identify and analyze personal ethical problems to propose and defend an appropriate course of action; and identify and analyze issues in corporate social responsibility to propose and defend an appropriate course of action.
  • Business Skills and Knowledge: Graduates define, describe and demonstrate foundational business knowledge in addition to their accounting and finance acumen.
  • International/Global: Graduates integrate relevant cultural, social, political, historical, geographic and environmental factors into the analysis of business issues and the development of an appropriate course of action.
  • Information Analysis and Application: Graduates identify, access and analyze relevant quantitative and qualitative information to develop, select and evaluate appropriate courses of action.
  • Communication: Graduates produce and deliver effective written products and oral communications in a variety of contexts using effective technologies.

Prospective Students 

Current Students 


  • Internships – Rockhurst University’s Career Services helps students search for internships consistent with their accounting and finance interests.
  • Networking: Students have a plethora of opportunities to network with prospective employers looking for graduates with accounting degrees and finance degrees through events such as Leadership and Ethics Day, Dinner with the Industry, and Meet the Firms.
  • Magis Leaders Program: Students have the opportunity to apply for a year-long, enhanced professional readiness program. With their mentor from the community, each student in the program will assess and adjust their personal and professional skills to enhance their performance in organizational settings.
  • Extracurricular experiences: Many accounting and finance students participate in Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), a program where they prepare tax returns for low-income, high-need families in the community. Students also participate in – and many have won – the regional Gould Scholastic Award competition for substantial cash prizes.
  • Capstone Project: Students complete their bachelor's
  •  education by developing a complete business concept responding to a social need that they identify.
  • Dean's Scholar program – earn a bachelor's and master's degree in only 5 years! Learn more about the program here


Graduates have gone on to lead successful careers in finance within accounting career sectors such as public, government and nonprofit, pursuing positions such as auditors, loan specialists, budget analysts and staff accountants.

Firms where recent accounting and finance graduates work include:

  • State Street
  • Lockton
  • Grant Thornton
  • Commerce Bank
  • Mission Capital
  • Sporting KC
  • Formaster LLC
  • The Redwood Group
  • Graybar Electric