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
An undergraduate team from Chatham won second place ($1,200) at the IIA (Institute of Internal Auditors)/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.
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 About CWE : Checkerboard 1 - Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship (CWE)
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 & Data Science teaches students the fundamentals of business practice through learning and applying academic content, practicing business skills, and evaluating the context of business decision-making. The Department integrates material and programming incorporating the University’s mission in global understanding and environmental responsibility and prepares students to work as leaders in professional and civic arenas. Through student-centered curricular and co-curricular offerings, the Department assists students to reach their full potential in the business world.
Accreditation & Student Outcomes
View Public Disclosure of Student Achievement : Checkerboard 4 - Accreditation & Student Outcomes
Read Our Blog
Chatham’s Department of Business & Data Science blog serves to inform current and potential students, faculty, alumni, and friends of the department. It covers recent events, highlights extraordinary students, and introduces new professors and courses that are of interest to our readers.View Blog : Checkerboard 5 - Read Our Blog
Integrated Degree Program
Qualified students from the accounting program can be admitted early to Chatham's Master of Business Administration or Master of Communication programs, saving money and speeding time towards graduation with two degrees.Integrated Degree Program Info : Checkerboard 6 - Integrated Degree Program
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 of Nora's story.