Public Accounting Overview
Learn the skills and background to become an integral part of the financial success of any organization.
With a Bachelor of Science in Public Accounting degree, you’ll be prepared for the business world. That includes: business concepts, the accountant's ethical responsibilities and role in the business world.
- Accounting principles and procedures
- Federal income taxation
- Auditing standards and procedures
Want to take the Certified Public Accountant (C.P.A.) examination? Our courses will thoroughly prepare you. (By itself this program no longer qualifies students for CPA licensure.) Student interested in becoming a CPA will need to complete the 150 credit hour requirement by enrolling in the M.S. in Public Accounting program.
Public Accounting graduates may seek positions such as:
- Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
- government auditor
- internal auditor, financial advisor
- revenue agent
- tax accountant
- management services accountant
The Mercy Advantage
Hands-on Experience with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance for low income citizens (VITA) program
Get real-world experience while still in school by working on various consulting projects
Learn from an executive faculty who are leaders in their fields.
Become a CPA
Take the Certified Public Accountant (C.P.A.) Exam
Our courses will thoroughly prepare you for the C.P.A. exam (by itself this program no longer qualifies students for CPA licensure). Student interested in becoming a CPA will need to complete the 150 credit hour requirement by enrolling in the M.S. in Public Accounting program.
Future Business Leaders Academy
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Frequently Asked Questions
Full-time students can complete the 120-credit degree program in four years.
No, you now need to complete the combined BS/MS Public Accounting program (150 credit hour CPA licensure qualifying program) in order to become a CPA in New York State.
The Accounting Chairperson must provide written approval for students who are eligible to switch majors to the combined BS/MS program. The student must show the ability to succeed in the MS program. The matriculation between the BS and MS degrees is seamless.
Program Details & Curriculum
General Liberal Arts and Sciences
General Education Requirements: 60 Credits
ECON 125, 210, 220, 221, 230, MATH 116 and MATH/CISC 120 are prerequisites for the major and must be used to fulfill general education requirements.
Core and Specialization
Business Core: 24 Credits
Public Accounting 36 Credits
Total: 120 Credits
At the end of this program, students should be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of key concepts in the business core curriculum
- Evaluate ethical issues in accounting, auditing, and business
- Use accounting and research tools to integrate business and accounting information in making strategic decisions
- Use oral, written, and presentation skills to communicate accounting information and auditing results