Major in Accounting

Photo of a student discussing a lecture with Dr. Lusk in an accounting class.Our Major in Accounting Will Allow You To

  • Prepare for a career in accounting.
  • Gain a solid foundation in business and economics.
  • Participate in an internship at a public, private, or non-profit organization.
  • Be eligible to take the Certified Public Accounting Examination in New York State.

Bachelor of Science in Accounting (120 Credits)

Our B.S. in Accounting program offers a curriculum with 120 semester credits that qualifies you to apply to sit for the New York Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam immediately after completing the program. New York State allows applicants who are required to meet the 150 semester hour education requirements for licensure to sit for the exam when they have completed 120 semester hours of coursework. We strongly advise our graduates to start taking CPA exam as soon as possible after graduation.

New York State 150-hour Education Requirement for CPA Licensure

In order to meet New York’s 150 semester hour education requirements for licensure, many of our graduates choose to double major while studying in our program or pursue graduate degrees after completing our program. Our degree requirements in accounting contain a strong business component, which makes it easy for an accounting major to earn a second major in business. The accounting program also prepares you for graduate level studies, if you choose to do so.

Not Planning on Becoming a CPA? There are Other Alternatives:

After completing our program, you will also be in a position to pursue other professional certifications, such as Certified Management Accountants (CMA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), just name a few.

Program Requirements

Our B.S. in Accounting program requires a concentrated academic effort on your part, but the rewards are many. The program itself requires 74 credits of accounting, economics, finance, and management coursework. These requirements not only give you a strong foundation in accounting, but also insure that you can integrate your accounting knowledge into the world of business and economics. Although we don’t require internships, we strongly recommend that you allow some time for that experience during your junior or senior year. The SBE Director of Internships will guide you in selecting the best available internship opportunity for you.

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

If you would like to find out more about the accounting program at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:

Dr. Mohamed Gaber, Chair
Office: Au Sable Hall Room 209
Phone: (518) 564-4198 / 564-3185
Fax: (518) 564-4215

SUNY Plattsburgh
School of Business and Economics
Department of Accounting
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901