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Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting

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Choose Saint Rose for Your Bachelor's Degree in Accounting

Few majors give you as much potential for professional growth alongside unbeatable job security, with capabilities welcomed anywhere in the world, as accounting.

Saint Rose’s program, which focuses on preparation to become a certified public accountant (CPA), readies you with thorough training in accounting, audit, and business to give you job-ready skills and knowledge. Start your career with foundational business knowledge and skills that are essential to any organization. Our accounting and business core is enhanced with a strong liberal education core to make your time with us a rich, fulfilling experience that prepares you for a great career – whether you’re providing audit and assurance or launching your own startup.

Find your problem-solving talents, critical thinking, and excellent accounting skills welcomed by organizations in any industry, all over the world. Your future in accounting starts at Saint Rose.

If you’re a critical thinker who’s good with numbers, accounting can help you embark on a rewarding, well-paid career. From external auditors and forensic accountants to controllers and CEOs, accountants inform executive strategy and decision making, ensure financial integrity to stakeholders, and are indispensable to organizations and clients in all industries.

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Get Ahead When You Graduate

EARN A BACHELOR’S AND MASTER’S IN FOUR YEARS.

In addition to our traditional bachelor’s degree Saint Rose now offers our 2-in-4 program, which allows students to save time, money, and get ahead by earning both their bachelor’s and master’s in four years.

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Program Highlights

Saint Rose’s accounting program provides an ideal combination of classroom instruction and real-world experience that’s the perfect preparation for your accounting future and beyond.

  • Increase your impact and prepare for a position in accounting, audit, taxation, budgeting, or cost control with our five-year BS/MS dual degree option (150 credits), approved by the New York State Education Department’s Board of Public Accountancy, which qualifies you to take the CPA examination and to meet the educational requirements for licensing.
  • Sharpen your job-ready skills with Financial Auditing, a writing-intensive course where you’ll write a research paper on a current topic in the profession, as well as plan and execute a mock audit of financial statements.
  • Enjoy small classes of about 20 students, with plenty of individual faculty mentoring.
  • Take advantage of our powerful local partnerships with CPA firms, and put your learning into practice, with our required internship requirement.
  • Broaden your knowledge and marketability with hard-to-find Corporate Taxation and Governmental; Not-for-Profit Accounting coursework.
  • Our faculty either hold the highest degree in their field or are licensed CPAs. So they’re up on the latest tax laws and practices, ensuring you will be, too.

Curriculum and Internships

From your first semester through the end of your final year, you’ll have ample opportunity to apply the knowledge you’ve gained in the classroom, combining foundational instruction with hands-on experience.

Our 122-credit, CPA-focused bachelor’s program prepares you for positions in internal audit, taxation, budgeting, or cost control.

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Our 150-hour, BS/MS double degree option allows you to complete your bachelor’s and master’s in about five years and sit for the CPA exam.

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Our required internship gives you the opportunity to apply your learning even further in the real world. Take advantage of Saint Rose’s strong partnerships with significant local organizations, such as the Capital Region Chamber of Commerce, New York State Office of Temporary; Disability Assistance, and Catholic Charities tax-assistance sites. Our dedicated internship coordinator helps you find the perfect position for your career interests, and provides guidance for shaping your resume and polishing your interview skills.

  • 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.
  • 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.

I thought about where I wanted to be after college, if I were to stay in the Capital District, I felt that the professors here would help me with connections in the area. Once I decided I wanted to stay in the area, I knew it was the right choice for me.

I knew I wanted to go into business, but I was not sure what exact degree I wanted to pursue. When I was in high school, I realized that I really liked math and working with numbers which led me to decide that accounting would be the best field for me to go into. I really am glad that I chose this path for myself."

Meet Colleen Quaglia

Colleen Quaglia '21

B.S. Accounting, sports management minor

Saint Rose was chock full of organizations rich with opportunities to develop skills relevant to the workplace. Being a member of the mock trial team, has paid dividends with respect to learning how to testify as a witness, anticipating and responding to attacks from attorneys, and understanding courtroom procedure.

I also competed in the student-managed portfolio and Fed challenge, finance and economics competitions that allowed me to take academic information and apply it to dynamic challenges that reinforced the education I received in the classroom. I can think of few better ways to prepare for the working world."

Eamon Murphy

Eamon Murphy '18

Criminal forensic auditor, Albany County District Attorney’s Office

Meet Our Huether School of Business Faculty

Our faculty are great scholars, but your success is their top priority. That’s why Saint Rose has been named a top 25 college for professors who excel at teaching undergraduates by U.S. News & World Report for the second year.
Yu-Jung Avis Professor of Finance

National Taiwan University Law School; LLB, The State University of New York at Binghamton; MBA; Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; Ph.D., (1994)

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Haidy H. Brown Assistant Professor of Management

BA State University of New York, Albany, MPA, State University of New York, Rockefeller College, Albany, PhD, State University of New York, Rockefeller College, Albany (2018)

Warren Cook Assistant Professor of Management

BA Washington State Vancouver, MBA Washington State Vancouver, Ph.D., Washington State University Pullman (2019)

John F. Dion Associate Professor of Marketing

BA, Beloit College; MBA, Western New England University; DBA, Grenoble Ecole de Management and Newcastle University (2013)

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Yu-Jung AvisProfessor of Finance

National Taiwan University Law School; LLB, The State University of New York at Binghamton; MBA; Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; Ph.D., (1994)

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Haidy H. BrownAssistant Professor of Management

BA State University of New York, Albany, MPA, State University of New York, Rockefeller College, Albany, PhD, State University of New York, Rockefeller College, Albany (2018)

Warren CookAssistant Professor of Management

BA Washington State Vancouver, MBA Washington State Vancouver, Ph.D., Washington State University Pullman (2019)

John F. DionAssociate Professor of Marketing

BA, Beloit College; MBA, Western New England University; DBA, Grenoble Ecole de Management and Newcastle University (2013)

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Angela Gordon Associate Professor of Business Administration

BA, Russell Sage College; MS, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Ph.D., The State University of New York at Albany (2006)

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Jaeyeon Hwang Assistant Professor of Business Administration

M.S., Yonsei University; Ph.D., Florida State University (2014)

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Scott Jerris Associate Professor of Accounting

BS, State University of New York at Albany; Ph.D., Purdue University (2018)

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Christopher Lucarelli Assistant Professor of Business Administration

BS, University of Wisconsin; MBA, Russell Sage College; MS, Ph.D., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (January 1999)

Angela GordonAssociate Professor of Business Administration

BA, Russell Sage College; MS, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Ph.D., The State University of New York at Albany (2006)

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Jaeyeon HwangAssistant Professor of Business Administration

M.S., Yonsei University; Ph.D., Florida State University (2014)

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Scott JerrisAssociate Professor of Accounting

BS, State University of New York at Albany; Ph.D., Purdue University (2018)

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Christopher LucarelliAssistant Professor of Business Administration

BS, University of Wisconsin; MBA, Russell Sage College; MS, Ph.D., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (January 1999)

Mark Michalisin Sales Professional in Residence

Sales Professional in Residence Mark Michalisin joined Saint Rose in 2019 with 25 years of experience in the business-to-business sales industry. In his time with SCA Tissue and Morcon, Michalisin developed customer bases both domestically and internationally, utilizing his relationship-building and sales expertise.

During his first year at the Huether School of Business, Michalisin formed the Saint Rose chapter of Pi Sigma Epsilon, a co-ed fraternity for students interested in sales, marketing, and management, led students in regional and national sales competitions, and invited industry experts into his classroom to help students network and build strong relationships with sales professionals.

Charles Murray Assistant Professor of Economics

Harrisburg Community College, A.A., Shippensburg University, BS, BA, Iowa State University, Ph.D., (1998)

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Frank Venezia Assistant Professor of Accounting

BS, Rochester Institute of Technology, MS, The College of Saint Rose, CPA (2019)

Accounting is a discipline that provides information for making economic decisions in business and other environments. I strive to make my students understand the accounting and other factors that go into these economic decisions. My classroom is a protected place where students can ask questions…all kinds of questions without fear of judgement. Students can respond to questions and experiment with answers that are part of what they have learned from reading or prior experience and get feedback regarding their response. Students need freedom to experiment, to try different approaches in the classroom and see if their application of the basic concepts to situations is appropriate.Frank S. Venezia, CPA, assistant professor of accounting

Zhengjun Wang Assistant Professor of Business Administration

BA Zhejiang University, MBA Kent State University, Ph.D. Louisiana State University (2015)

Mark MichalisinSales Professional in Residence

Sales Professional in Residence Mark Michalisin joined Saint Rose in 2019 with 25 years of experience in the business-to-business sales industry. In his time with SCA Tissue and Morcon, Michalisin developed customer bases both domestically and internationally, utilizing his relationship-building and sales expertise.

During his first year at the Huether School of Business, Michalisin formed the Saint Rose chapter of Pi Sigma Epsilon, a co-ed fraternity for students interested in sales, marketing, and management, led students in regional and national sales competitions, and invited industry experts into his classroom to help students network and build strong relationships with sales professionals.

Charles MurrayAssistant Professor of Economics

Harrisburg Community College, A.A., Shippensburg University, BS, BA, Iowa State University, Ph.D., (1998)

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Frank VeneziaAssistant Professor of Accounting

BS, Rochester Institute of Technology, MS, The College of Saint Rose, CPA (2019)

Accounting is a discipline that provides information for making economic decisions in business and other environments. I strive to make my students understand the accounting and other factors that go into these economic decisions. My classroom is a protected place where students can ask questions…all kinds of questions without fear of judgement. Students can respond to questions and experiment with answers that are part of what they have learned from reading or prior experience and get feedback regarding their response. Students need freedom to experiment, to try different approaches in the classroom and see if their application of the basic concepts to situations is appropriate.Frank S. Venezia, CPA, assistant professor of accounting

Zhengjun WangAssistant Professor of Business Administration

BA Zhejiang University, MBA Kent State University, Ph.D. Louisiana State University (2015)

Dandan Wu Associate Professor of Finance

Beihang University; BS, Washington State University; Ph.D., (2011)

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Dandan WuAssociate Professor of Finance

Beihang University; BS, Washington State University; Ph.D., (2011)

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The Huether School of Business grounds students in foundational and experiential knowledge, preparing them to become confident  leaders at all levels of an organization. Complementing our expert classroom instruction are a variety of hands-on experiences, from group projects and simulations to career fairs and required internships.

But really, just like any healthy business, the most important part of our school is the relationships. Students from diverse backgrounds learn to work together toward a greater purpose — whether it’s constructing a successful business plan or problem solving for clients — preparing them for any office environment."

Dr. Rajarshi Aroskar

Dean of The Huether School of Business

Career Outcomes

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics:

$73,560 Accountants and Auditors with a bachelor’s degree earn a median salary of $73,560 per year.

4% growth Demand for accountants and auditors with a bachelor’s degree is projected to grow 4% between 2019 and 2029.

3% growth Demand for information security analysts will grow 3% (much faster than the average for all occupations) between 2019 and 2029.

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Of course, if you have any questions, please reach out. We’re here to help.

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Yu-Jung Avis

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