Corporate Accounting and Finance

Corporate Accounting and Finance students learn how to use big data to make better decisions for their companies.

Program Description 

Experts in corporate accounting and finance create information structures and systems to maximize organizational performance. They are vital for businesses to reach their full potential. In fact, they are charged with discerning and providing relevant information to address challenges and take advantage of opportunities for their organizations.

In the Corporate Accounting and Finance concentration of the Bachelor of Business Administration (BSBA) in the Helzberg School of Management students explore concepts in accounting, investments, financial markets and institutional management. Graduates of the program are prepared with the skills, techniques and decision-making tools essential to sound financial forecasting, investing and corporate planning.

In addition to Corporate Accounting and Finance coursework, students in this concentration complete two innovative sequences as part of the BSBA core. Both the Professional Readiness sequence and the Technology and Predictive Analytics sequences were developed by the Helzberg School of Management based on market research and consultation with hiring managers at area corporations to prepare students for the evolving workplace. Students also have the option to pursue Excel certifications as part of their studies.

The Helzberg School of Management is an AACSB*-accredited business school, an achievement only 5% of all business schools in the world can claim. Students in the Helzberg School of Management emerge from their undergraduate education as leaders of competence and conscience.

*Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business

Learning Outcomes 

  • 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.
  • 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 

Experiences 

  • Internships – Rockhurst University’s Career Services helps students search for internships consistent with their interests.
  • Networking: Students have tons of opportunities to network with prospective employers both through the Helzberg School of Management and Rockhurst University Career Services events such as Leadership & 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 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 undergraduate education by developing a complete business concept responding to a social need that they identify.

Outcomes 

After graduation, students have worked in all types (public, government, not for profit) and positions (auditor, staff, financial, credit, or budget analyst as well as loan specialist) of accounting. Firms where recent graduates work include:

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