Utilizing General Accounting principals for a client.

General Accounting

Bachelor of Science
  • 120 Credits
  • School of Business
  • Bronx
  • Westchester
Earn your B.S. in General Accounting at Mercy College.

General Accounting B.S. Overview

If you currently work or are planning a career in accounting or taxation with a for-profit organization, not-for-profit organization, or a Federal, State or local government, a General Accounting major is for you. 

The program enables you to sit for the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) Examination, but not the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Examination. However, additional appropriate coursework can be completed to address the necessary CPA Examination requirements.

With a Bachelor’s of Science in General Accounting, you’ll understand the business environment, business concepts and ethical responsibilities. You’ll know how to employ accounting principles and procedures for recording and presenting financial results.

Accountants may find work at public accounting firms, corporations, nonprofits, governments or for themselves with a private practice.

Career Opportunities

Accountants may find work at public accounting firms, corporations, nonprofits, governments or for themselves with a private practice.

Want More Info?

We'd like to hear from you! Get more information.

Tools of the trade for General Accountants.

The Mercy Advantage

  • Active service and professional learning through Volunteer Income Tax Assistance for low income citizens (VITA)
  • Enables you to sit for the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) Examination
  • Access to Senior Executive Network
  • Esteemed executive faculty 
  • Prestigious internships and job placements - Goldman Sachs, Ralph Lauren, PWC, KPMG, Deloitte, IBM, NYS Dept. of Tax, Citrin Cooperman

Frequently Asked Questions

Full-time students can complete the 120-credit degree program in four years.

Undergrad accounting programs are offered in the day and evening (and some classes on weekends) at both the Dobbs Ferry and Bronx campuses (with some introductory courses offered in the evening in Manhattan).

Yes, faculty are always ready to help students with questions about what courses to take, the sequencing of courses, and career opportunities, including internships and cooperative education.

It is not necessary. Based on the students area of interest, specialization within the General Accounting degree program allows students to focus on coursework appropriate for Financial Accounting, Taxation or Computer & Information Systems.

Earn your B.S. in General Accounting.

Program Outcomes

At the end of this program, students should be able to:

Shape Created with Sketch.

Demonstrate knowledge of key concepts in the business core curriculum


Recognize and evaluate ethical issues in business and accounting

Shape Created with Sketch.

Use accounting tools and integrate business and accounting information to make strategic economic and managerial decisions


Use oral, written, and presentation skills to communicate accounting information


Demonstrate knowledge of core financial accounting concepts and their application to business


Demonstrate knowledge of core computer information systems concepts and their application to both accounting and business


Demonstrate knowledge of tax practice and techniques and the business implication of taxes

School of Business students working on a project in Manhattan.

Future Business Leaders Academy

This year's Future Business Leaders Academy was our most successful yet. The highly select group chosen to join us at Mercy University in Dobbs Ferry, NY learned about personal branding, matching their personalities to career paths, and visited some of the top global corporations in New York.

Watch More

Program Details & Curriculum

Bachelor of Science
General Liberal Arts and Sciences
General Education Requirements: 60 Credits

*ECON 125, ECON 220, ECON 221, ECON 230, MATH 116 and MATH 120/CISC 120  or CISC 131 are prerequisites for the major and must be used to fulfill general education requirements.

Core and Specialization

Business Core: 27 Credits
General Accounting: 21 Credits
Open Electives: 12 Credits

Total: 120 Credits

For a full curriculum listing visit our catalog.


Download a copy of the sequence map for:


Full-Time Faculty

Part-Time Faculty

Faculty Emeritae/i