Accounting and Management Information Systems

The Accounting and Management Information Systems Department in the Grove College of Business at Shippensburg University offers a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Accounting and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Management Information Systems.

Accounting is the keystone in the decision-making process in any organization, regardless of size. Often referred to as the “language of business,” accounting is a high-demand, high-salaried field. Our graduates are ready to explore a wide-range of career opportunities. Upon graduation with a bachelor’s or master’s degree from Shippensburg University, with at least 24 credits of accounting course work, you may take the CPA exam. To obtain a CPA license, an additional 30 credits are required beyond the BSBA degree requirements. Many of our students fulfill this requirement by pursuing a five-year BSBA/MBA program designed specifically for accounting majors. This course of study allows you to transition seamlessly from your BSBA degree to the MBA program.

Our Management Information Systems graduates enjoy working with the latest technologies, interacting with other business professionals, and doing something different each day. They are in high-demand and receive one of the highest salaries within any organization. Information systems empower business. Integrating computer technology with business systems allows MIS majors to learn how to analyze the needs of an organization and design, implement, and maintain these information-based systems. Today's economic conditions have accelerated the demand for graduates with strong business operations and technical skills. Most MIS majors are able to select from among multiple job opportunities upon graduation.

Ship delivers its 30-credit MBA degree program in three convenient formats: part time, full time and online. The requirements are the same in each of the three delivery formats. You can also add a 6-credit concentration to your MBA program:

Post-bachelor's certificates and/or letters of completion are offered in:

Student Professional Organizations provide a variety of opportunities for you to develop professional contacts, enhance your course of study with hands-on application, and build lasting friendships within the business community. During your senior year, you may be invited to take part in the Investment Management Program class, where students manage a real-money portfolio. For more information, visit the IMP website. Outside of the classroom, the Investment Club gives you hands-on experience in managing the Ship Global Collegiate Fund. These groups have been recognized for excellence in portfolio management at regional and national competitions.

Ship has a well-established Business Internship Program that provides opportunities for on-the-job experience while gaining college credits. While participation is not mandatory, students earn one full credit hour to every equivalent of a 40-hour workweek they finish. Students can receive a maximum of 9 credits.

Accounting and Management Information Systems - Grove Hall 328

J. Jay Mackie, Chair and Associate Professor
(717) 477-1436

Tina Commerer, Secretary
(717) 477-1436 Fax: (717) 477-4073

Contact faculty for office location and hours.


William Bealing, Professor
(717) 477-1425

James Benton, Associate Professor
(717) 477-1409

Scott Cairns, Professor
(717) 477-1641

Mary Myers, Professor
(717) 477-1702

Edward Pitingolo, Associate Professor
(717) 477-1057

Susan Sadowski, Associate Professor
(717) 477-1429

Management Information Systems

Joseph Catanio, Associate Professor
(717) 477-1526

Azim Danesh, Professor
(717) 477-1674

Viet Dao, Associate Professor
(717) 477-1415

Irma Hunt, Assistant Professor
(717) 477-1607

Michael Marsh, Associate Professor
(717) 477-1766

Brian Wentz, Associate Professor
(717) 477-1601