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Why Choose Saint Rose for a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting?

Accounting has become a coveted field: #6 in “Best Business Jobs,” according to U.S. News and World Report, for its good salary, job growth and work/life balance. That’s why a Saint Rose Accounting degree is also in demand, because it provides not only a strong foundation, but a uniquely experiential education that lets you hit the ground running.

Unlike many programs, internships are required at Saint Rose—and robust, thanks to partnerships like those we have with the Capital Region Chamber of Commerce, NYS Office of Temporary & Disability Assistance, and Catholic Charities tax assistance sites. What’s more, unique course offerings and mentoring from an exceptional faculty — all experts in the field — give you the kind of guidance and insight that make all the difference in finding that coveted job.

Accounting BS/MS Dual Degree

The College of Saint Rose’s 150-hour dual Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree program fulfills the 150 credit hours of appropriate education New York State requires for new practitioners to be licensed as a Certified Public Accountant. The application for the dual degree program does not require a GMAT test score.

The undergraduate and graduate programs in Accounting are integrated to form a logical, continuous curriculum which maximizes each student’s education and can be completed in five years. The transition between graduate and undergraduate courses is seamless. Students must maintain a minimum overall G.P.A of 3.0 to remain in the program. Any applicable financial aid carries over from the undergraduate to the graduate program proportionately.

Program Highlights

  • Small classes—20 students on average—allow for one-on-one faculty mentoring
  • All accounting faculty hold a terminal degree in the field or are CPAs.
  • Internship requirement means you will put theory into practice in the real world
  • Albany area partnerships offer unique learning opportunities
  • Hard-to-find courses in Corporate Taxation and Governmental & Not-for-Profit Accounting broaden your knowledge base—and marketability
  • Opportunity to pursue Fraud and Forensic Accounting certification—the only program of its kind in the region
  • BS/MS Dual Degree option designed to prepare students for positions in accounting, auditing, taxation, budgeting, and cost control. The program is approved by the New York State Education Department’s Board of Public Accountancy and qualifies students to take the New York State examination for certified public accountants (CPA) and to meet the educational requirements for licensing.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Stats:

  • Accounting and auditing jobs are projected to grow by 11% through 2024,
    faster than the average for all occupations.
  • The median salary for an accountant in 2015 was $67,190—and the top 10%
    earned roughly $118,930.

Course Requirements, Faculty, & Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate an understanding of accounting theory and appropriate accounting standards.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of taxation as it applies to individuals, business enterprises, and not-for-profit organizations.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the principles and functions of the external audit process.
  • Utilize accounting, legal, taxation and other business theories and applicable software to make financial accounting and reporting decisions.

Undergraduate Core Learning Objectives
Demonstrate the knowledge necessary to fulfill professional goals.

  • Make business decisions based on analysis and evaluation of the data and ethical considerations.
  • Identify global issues and their business implication.
  • Produce and deliver effective oral communications.
  • Produce and deliver effective written communications.