accountingspceAccounting 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 School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) is a completer program. Students who enter this program have already done some college-level work, typically 45-60 credits, and are prepared to pursue a Bachelor’s degree. Required introductory level courses will normally have been completed and transferred from a previous school. When that is not the case, a Sage academic advisor will describe alternatives for completing these courses.

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 course. 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.

Program Requirements

Accounting Program Requirements : 60 credits

Accounting Core :  27 credits

Complete all of the following:
ACC 201 Financial Accounting*
ACC 202 Managerial Accounting*
ACC 203 Intermediate Accounting I
ACC 204 Intermediate Accounting II
ACC 205 Cost Accounting
ACC 207 Acctg Information Systems
ACC 210 Individual Taxation
ACC 301 Advanced Accounting I
ACC 401 Auditing

Accounting Electives  : 6 credits
Complete two of the following:
ACC 209 Performance Auditing
ACC 303 Gov’t and Non-Profit Accounting
ACC 327 Internship in Accounting
ACC 405 Corporate & Partnership Taxation

Required Support Courses : 27 credits
Complete all of the following:
BUS 212 Business Law I
BUS 213 Business Law II
BUS 325 Financial Management I
ECO 201 Principles of Macroeconomics
ECO 202 Principles of Microeconomics
ECO 215 Statistics for Decision Making
ECO 303 Investments or ECO 304 Financial Mkts and Institutions : 3 credits
Complete two additional ACC, ECO or BUS courses : 6 credits

 *Note: These introductory courses are normally offered during the day in fall & spring terms and evening in summer I & II terms.

Sample Student Major Course Plan

Fall: ACC 203, ACC 205, BUS 325
Spring: ACC 204, ACC 210
Summer: ACC 405, MAT 220
Fall: ACC 301, ACC 401, ACC 207
Spring: ACC 303, ECO 303/304

  • Students may take ECO 215 or MAT 220 to satisfy the statistics course requirement.
  • ACC 201 and ACC 202 offered in summer (required pre-requisites for ACC 203).

General Education Requirements, SPCE

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