The major in Accounting prepares students for one of the careers in highest demand through excellent training in a rigorous course of study. Students will learn the skills of the accountant in financial and managerial accounting, in accounting information systems, auditing, and tax preparation; they will broaden and deepen their minds in the Core curriculum; and they will strengthen their commitment to honesty and integrity.

Demand for the specific skills of the accountant is large and rising, making accounting professionals more competitive in the job market. The Accounting major also offers courses and advice to prepare students to become Certified Public Accountants. The major aims to sharpen their skills with the analytical tools of accounting, expand their vision with a sound view of the human person, and ground their actions in a strong ethical base, helping students grow as persons and professionals and making them attractive to potential employers.

Other majors in our department:
Global Affairs & International Business

Explore the Accounting Program

The accounting major will offer you many professional opportunities such as becoming a Certified Public Accountant (CPA); or working for a private firm (large or small) and perhaps becoming their Chief Financial Officer.  Every for profit and nonprofit organization needs accountants.  The accounting major will give you a strong background should you decide to go on to graduate school to earn a Master of Business Administration, Master of Public accountancy, or even a Doctorate.

Our students learn the basics in a way that is practical and oriented towards what is necessary to actually run a business.  Our students develop and sharpen their skills in communication and analysis, in working with others and working with numbers, in seeing the big picture and in drilling down to details.  Our students learn how to think – how to think better, more broadly, more flexibly – which is the best preparation for the changing world of business.

Our majors emphasize analytical thinking and tools: the intellectual equipment and critical skills needed to understand and excel in business and in most other human endeavors.  Ave Maria students have the unique fortune of building on a foundation of a liberal education, an education on the basic realities about God and the world, man and his relationship with God and nature.  Through our liberal arts curriculum, students learn that reality is coherent and intelligible and grow in the habit – in the essential business skill – of looking for patterns and seeing the sense in the apparent contradictions of the world that surrounds them.

The Business majors at Ave Maria aim to inspire students to become business leaders inspired by Christian ideals and governed by Christian ideas.  Relying on the Catholic faith lived intensely on campus and on the general intellectual formation of the Core Curriculum, what animates the program is the Catholic view of the human person, his nature, and his ultimate destiny.  The distinctive character of the program is its belief in the dignity of the human person, in the reality and importance of the common good, in subsidiarity and solidarity, in ownership as stewardship, and in responsibility for the environment.  Because students learn to value human beings for what they are, not for what utility they bring, they are able to serve the Church and their society loyally and generously.

1.     Our alumni work in all areas of business: analysis, sales, consulting, management, logistics, accounting, information systems, sports, health care.  Many have gone on to graduate study in business, law, and other areas.

2.     The Department of Business offers a Major and a Minor in Business Administration, a Major and a Minor in Accounting, a Major in Finance, and a Major in Global Affairs and International Business.

3.     We have a close relationship with the Career Services Department.  Jointly we run a Corporate Internship program, through which students are placed in internships that are overseen by our faculty.

4.     Our professors have multiple, advanced degrees in management, accounting, finance, economics, taxation, and law.

5.     The top 20% of business juniors and seniors are qualified for membership in Sigma Beta Delta, the business honor society.

In addition to the core curriculum, accounting majors take the following courses
ECON 201 Principles of Macroeconomics
ECON 202 Principles of Microeconomics
STAT 230 Statistics
ACCT 201 Financial Accounting
ACCT 202 Managerial Accounting
BUSN 303 Management and Ethics
FINC 301 Fundamentals of Finance
BUSN 340 Business Law

Accounting Courses (20 credits)
ACCT 300 Cost Accounting
ACCT 301 Intermediate Accounting I
ACCT 302 Intermediate Accounting I

Elective Options (choose two)
ACCT 311 Information Systems
ACCT 411 Auditing
ACCT 421 Federal Income Taxation

Students intending to sit for the CPA exam must take, in addition to the above, BUSN 340 Marketing, BUSN 440 Business Law II, and all three of ACCT 311, 411, and 421.  For more information, see

See the Academic Catalog for course descriptions



Accounting majors are highly employable.  The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants saysExternal link

“CPAs and potential CPAs have a variety of career paths from which to choose. Within public accounting, you can work for any sized firm, ranging from a large, international CPA firm to a small local accounting practice. Within the firm, you can work in such areas as audit, tax and management consulting.

The same holds true in business and industry, where you can choose careers in companies of all sizes, working in diverse areas such as financial accounting and reporting, management accounting, financial analysis and treasury/cash management.

Within government, you can create a path to success at either the federal, state or local level. Non-profit organizations and education also offer many diverse opportunities.”


Ave Maria University is fortunate to be connected to a strong, nationally-recognized network of business managers and CEOs who are looking for the skills and the virtues that characterize Ave Maria students.  We are very active in developing our students’ career potential, connecting them with suitable internships, and ensuring their success.


The Business Honor Society Sigma Beta Delta has a chapter at Ave Maria University, to which the top twenty percent of juniors and seniors are admitted.

Gabriel Martinez, Ph.D.

Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs & Associate Professor of Business and Economics
Education: B.A.I.S., University of South Carolina; M.A., University of Notre Dame; Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
Office: Henkels 3056
Phone: (239) 280-1611
Fax: (239) 280-1637
Curriculum Vitae: Download

Anne Marchetti, M.S.

Assistant Professor of Accounting
Office: Henkels 2049
Phone: (239) 280-1528

Dorothy Thompson, M.S., C.P.A.

Assistant Professor of Business
Education: Bachelor in Business Administration – Accounting, Texas Woman’s University; Master of Science in Accounting and Master of Science in Finance, University of Texas at Dallas
Certification: Certified Public Accountant
Office: Henkels 2052
Phone: (239) 280-1662
Fax: (239) 280-1637