B.S. in Accounting Program Details

Choosing Accounting as Your Undergraduate Major at the University at Albany

As an accounting professional, graduates of the B.S. in Accounting program at the University at Albany in New York can look forward to rewarding careers in accounting and business.  Accounting is the "language" of business, and accountants assist businesses and other organizations in measuring, analyzing and communicating their financial results to interested parties.  As a student in the Accounting program at the School of Business you will be introduced to all the functional areas of accounting including financial accounting, managerial accounting, auditing, taxation and accounting information systems. Our Accounting program also places a particular emphasis on ensuring that graduates have a clear understanding of the ethical values critical to the accounting profession, as well as an awareness of the societal obligations that accompany a career in accounting.

Accounting Program Expectations – Developing the skill set to succeed in your Academic and Professional career

The University at Albany Accounting Department maintains close ties with both alumni and employers to ensure that our accounting programs reflect the skills critical to successful entry into and subsequent development within the accounting profession.  As a student of our undergraduate accounting program, you will develop this skill set including knowledge of contemporary accounting standards and practices. The thoughtful design of each required course that you will take will prepare you exceptionally well for a career in public accounting. School of Business accounting students are sought after by Big Four, national, regional and local accounting firms, as well as by corporations, not-for-profit organizations, and governmental agenices.

Meeting NYS CPA Education Requirements at the University at Albany

Graduates of our undergraduate Accounting program qualify for the 120-credit hour NYS CPA “sit” rule, and are therefore able to take the Uniform Certified Public Accountant’s (CPA) Examination upon graduating.  The majority of our graduates continue their education with a Master’s degree at the University at Albany or elsewhere in accounting. Graduates of our B.S. in accounting program are able to apply to the specialized M.S. accounting programs offered at the University at Albany, including: M.S. in Forensic Accounting and M.S. in Professional Accountancy.  These programs satisfy the NYS 150-credit hour CPA education requirement for licensure, admitting students from both our own undergraduate accounting program, as well as students from other Universities with undergraduate accounting degrees.