Accounting at SCAAccounting is an essential function in any well-managed organization. From small non-profit organizations to government agencies and large multinational corporations, managing and accounting for financial resources requires professionals with a solid foundation in accounting principles. This degree prepares a student for a career as a professional accountant, budget analyst, auditor, fiscal analyst or comptroller in the private or public sectors.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting in the Sage College of Albany (SCA) is a full-time four year program that currently requires some courses to be taken during the day and others at night. Students who enter this program may either do so directly after their secondary education or transfer in. Transfer would typically be done after completing an associate’s degree obtained elsewhere. A Sage academic advisor will describe alternatives for completing the necessary curriculum.

When students complete the undergraduate accounting curriculum, they are fully qualified for a professional accounting career. Recent changes to the Certified Public Accountant National Exam now require a total of 150 credit hours of study prior to the exam. Students may pursue the additional 30 credit hours by completing a Sage graduate degree (MS or MBA) or through additional undergraduate courses. The accounting curriculum is registered with the Division of Professional Education of the New York State Education Department.

Learning Outcomes

  • Apply appropriate and effective use of technology for organizations.
  • Communicate effectively through the delivery of written and oral presentations.
  • Synthesize managerial practice with stakeholder theory and socially responsible decision making.
  • Analyze, evaluate and develop effective leadership skills in a variety of settings.
  • Understand the social, financial, environmental, legal/political and global issues facing contemporary organizations.
  • Use critical thinking skills to understand and apply problem solving strategies and techniques for organizational and individual decision making.
  • Demonstrate the ability to integrate knowledge in the sub-disciplines of management through experiential learning.
  • Demonstrate professionalism within the context of the work environment.


New! 4+1 B.S. in Accounting/MBA in Finance

Bachelors from Sage College of Albany Linked with Master’s from School of Management

"A bachelor’s in Accounting and an MBA in Finance is the most powerful combination a practicing financial professional can have,” said Gerald Silberstein, Ph.D., CPA, assistant professor of accounting. Silberstein worked with Kimberly Fredericks, Ph.D., MPH, RD, associate dean of the School of Management, to develop the new 4+1 bachelor’s in Accounting from Sage College of Albany/MBA in Finance from Sage’s School of Management: That is two formidable degrees in five years instead of the six it would otherwise take and the curriculum provides the extra credits required to apply to take the CPA exam.