Get a Head Start in Your Accounting Career
Learn how to ensure the integrity of financial reporting to investors and other stakeholders while supporting the quality of business decisions that rely on financial information.
The AACSB-accredited bachelor’s in accounting program at UAlbany covers the latest best practices in accounting, auditing, taxation, and financial information systems.
In this program, you’ll master the generally accepted accounting practices set by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and learn how to produce financial reports that directly inform business decisions.
When you graduate, you’ll be ready to take on jobs at Big Four accounting firms (KPMG, Ernst & Young, Deloitte, and PricewaterhouseCoopers), professional services companies, international corporations, and fiscal departments of government offices.
The School of Business maintains dual accreditation in business administration and accounting through the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) – the hallmark of excellence in management education. As the highest achievement standard for business schools worldwide, it denotes top-quality teaching and meaningful student-faculty interactions. Learn more.
Program of Study
Liberal Arts and Sciences
- Introduction to Psychology
- Introduction to Sociology OR Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
- One writing intensive or writing and critical inquiry course
Economics and Quantitative Skills
- Principles of Microeconomics
- Principles of Macroeconomics
- One upper-level economics elective
Management, Marketing, and Business Law
- Behavioral Foundations of Management
- Strategic Management
- Marketing Principles
- Business Law
- Law of Business Organization
Accounting and Financial Management
- Accounting and Communications
This course is developed and delivered by experienced accounting experts at Ernst & Young.
- Financial Accounting
- Financial Accounting Theory I, II, and III
- Cost Accounting Systems for Managerial Decisions
- Financial Management
Business Information Technology
- Accounting Information Systems
- Information Technologies for Business
- Improving Business Performance with Information Technologies
Auditing, Taxation, and Finance
- Survey of Taxation
- Choose one of the following courses:
- Corporate Financial Policy and Strategy
- Money and Capital Markets
- Money and Banking
See the Undergraduate Bulletin for details.
For more information, contact the Massry Center for Business Office of Student Services at 518-965-8320.
Applied Learning Opportunities
Internships in Accounting
Get credit for hands-on learning at a financial services company, small business, government agency, or nonprofit.
Ernst & Young Trajectory Program
Gain experience working on real-world problems as part of an information technology risk consulting team mentored by UAlbany faculty and employees of the global professional services firm Ernst & Young.
Albany Accounting Association
Get trained in client relations and gain skills and experience assisting campus-wide student groups with budgeting, financial management, and proper allocation of activity funds.
Student Accounting Clubs
Join career-focused student accounting clubs such as the Association of Latino Professionals for America and the National Association of Black Accountants.
Beta Alpha Psi Honor Society
Showcase your scholastic excellence by gaining membership in the international honor society for accounting, finance, and information systems students attending universities accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
Albany Mentorship Program
Develop a strong professional network by joining a "family" of undergraduates matched with upper-class mentors.
LEAD (Leadership Education in Accounting and Diversity) Scholars Program
Under-represented students majoring in accounting at UAlbany receive support and mentorship in this program.
Becoming a Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
UAlbany’s undergraduate accounting curriculum prepares you for and qualifies you to take the Uniform Certified Public Accountant Examination® immediately upon graduation.
This eligibility status falls under what is called the “120 sit rule” – because the 120 credits that comprise this AACSB-accredited bachelor’s in accounting are recognized as being a CPA exam pathway.
After finishing their bachelor’s, many students in this program go on to earn their master’s in accounting, which fulfills the standard 150 credits required to take the CPA exam required to obtain professional licensure as a CPA.
Graduate coursework prepares these students to enter the accounting field with more advanced skills that give them a competitive edge in the job market and in the workplace.
Most UAlbany students fulfill their general education requirements during their freshman and sophomore years, and then declare a major.
The accounting major is a competitive program that requires an overall GPA of 3.25 or higher and completion of certain prerequisite courses. You can work with your advisor to choose liberal arts and sciences courses that will enable you to be admitted to the program at the start of your junior year.
If you’re planning to transfer to UAlbany, you can apply for admission to the accounting program as long as you meet all of the academic coursework and GPA requirements.
PwC World of Accounting
You can sign up to live with other accounting majors in a single floor of a freshman residence hall. As a member of this living and learning community, you get to participate in special career seminars, business field trips, and leadership opportunities funded by PricewaterhouseCoopers.
There is also a Transfer Community for incoming transfer students who are planning to major in business or accounting.
The Office of Career Services at the School of Business offers valuable resources to help prepare you for life after graduation. You’ll learn how to create a strong resume and cover letter, develop confidence through mock interviews, and get weekly updates on job and internship opportunities.
The accounting department at the University at Albany also maintains close ties with alumni leaders at the Big Four firms that regularly recruit our graduates. This gives you a distinct advantage when seeking employment as an early career professional at these companies.
In addition, UAlbany accounting students are heavily recruited by regional and local accounting firms, global corporations, not-for-profit organizations, and government agencies such as the NYS Office of the Comptroller.
Alumni are commonly hired in fields such as auditing, tax preparation, cost analysis, accounts payable/receivable, regulatory compliance, financial risk assurance, fraud investigation, and economic dispute services.