Programs of Study

Accelerated Programs of Study


The accounting major prepares students for professional positions in all areas of accounting. Recent graduates are currently employed as staff accountants in CPA firms, financial and management accountants for corporations, controllers for small to medium-sized businesses, financial analysts, accounting managers for larger businesses and agents for the Internal Revenue Service. The accounting major is designed to give students the necessary course work for preparation for all professional exams including the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) exams. This program of study is a blend of five-week and 10-week accelerated courses, as well as select semester-length courses for upper-level accounting coursework.  

Applied Management

The applied management major has been designed for students transferring to Mount Mercy from a two-year institution who have a background in a technical specialty with an Associates of Applied Science degree. The major provides students the opportunity to broaden their knowledge of business environments and to understand and manage the forces of change affecting organizations in a business environment. The applied management major prepares students for a broad variety of career options by building on their previous technical training and/or work experience. 


The business major offers students the opportunity to integrate theoretical constructs with practical experience gained outside of the classroom. Coursework offers students a broader understanding of management, accounting, finance, marketing, communication, economics, legal and ethical practices and research within the context of a business organization. By design, the program prepares students for professional positions in the public or private sectors, or preparation for graduate study within the business discipline. 


The finance major prepares students to work in any of the major areas in the field of finance. The coursework required for the finance major gives students a well-rounded background in business and finance. Students will learn the core areas of finance, including the time value of money, evaluation of financial performance, planning and forecasting, risk vs. return tradeoffs, securities valuation, capital budgeting, the cost of capital, and portfolio management.

Health Care Administration

The health care administration major prepares students for professional administration positions in all areas of health care and health care services. Positions in health care facilities could include physicians' offices and practices, chiropractic clinics, hospital administration, rehabilitation and long-term care facilities. The coursework required for this major provides students with a well-rounded background in business with a concentration in health services issues including regulation, law, compliance, informatics, and financial issues. Health care administration majors are required to complete an internship or practicum experience.

Health Care Leadership

The health care leadership major is specifically designed for students who have earned an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree in an Allied Health profession. Mount Mercy's program will hone the leadership, strategic planning, and management skills needed for students to become successful organizers in the health care field.

Human Resource Management

Our human resource management major is one of only 10 undergraduate programs across the country to be endorsed by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) based on the guidelines created by SHRM and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Thirteen major content areas, based on extensive research analysis, prepare students to lead employees in high performance work practices. The major can also help students prepare for the Human Resource Management Certification programs (PHR and GPHR). 

Management Information Systems

Management Information Systems (MIS), sometimes referred to as Information Management and Systems, is the discipline covering the application of people, technologies, and procedures — collectively called information systems — to solve business problems. Management Information Systems are distinct from regular information systems in that they are used to analyze other information systems applied in operational activities in the organization.


The marketing major is designed to prepare students for introductory and future management level positions in marketing. Career options include product management, market research, business-to-business and consumer sales and promotions.

RN-BSN Completion

The RN to BSN is an accelerated degree completion program for RNs who have a current and valid RN license. In accordance with the Iowa Articulation Plan for Nursing Education: RN to Baccalaureate, Mount Mercy offers this program tailored for working RNs with three years of experience to earn a Bachelor of Science in nursing. Upon completion of the application process, the RN to BSN advisor assists students in establishing the most appropriate program of study.

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