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The graphic lists graduate job offers by organization and number of offers: Gallagher & Flynn, CPA, Burlington, Vt., 1; McSoley McCoy, CPA, Burlington, Vt., 1; Johnson & Lambert, CPA, Burlington, Vt., 1; Grant Thornton, N.J., 1; KPMG, NYC, 2; KPMG, Colchester, Vt., 1; EY, Stamford, Conn., 1; Tarlow & Co, CPA, NYC, 1; IBM, 4; Leverpoint, Clifton Park, N.Y., 2; JPMorgan, Delaware, 1Major 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 CPA Examination in New York State
  • Expand your career options with a second major in business administration by just taking two additional courses

Bachelor of Science in Accounting (120 credits)

Our B.S. in Accounting requires a concentrated academic effort on your part as a student, but the rewards are many. The program includes accounting, economics, finance, and management coursework. These 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.

We strongly recommend that you allow some time on your schedule for experiential learning or a co-op opportunity during your junior or senior year. The SBE Director of Internships will guide you in selecting the best available internship opportunity that fits within your accounting major.

Licensure and Certification Preparation

Certified Public Accounting License

Immediately after completing the program, you will be qualified to sit for the CPA Examination in New York State. The CPA licensure requires 150 semester hours of coursework, however, New York State allows applicants to sit for the exam when they have completed 120 semester hours of coursework. We strongly advise our graduates to take the CPA exam as soon as possible after graduation. It will be to your advantage if you are able to pass one or more parts of the CPA examination before you start working. Passing rate on the CPA examination of our accounting graduates has been consistently high, and in the past few years has reached 80%.

To meet the 150 semester hour requirement, you can choose to add a second major from so many available majors within the SBE such as Management Information Systems or Finance. Some of our accounting majors may prefer to pursue a graduate degree. Your academic advisor will guide you through the process of completing the 150 credit-hour requirements. As stated above, 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.

Not Planning on Becoming a CPA? There are Alternatives

After completing the accounting program at SUNY Plattsburgh, you will be in a position to pursue other professional certifications, such as Certified Management Accountants (CMA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), as well as so many other related certifications.

Continued Success of Our Accounting Graduates

Hard work, dedication, and determination of our talented accounting majors coupled with the tireless efforts of accounting faculty in building strong networking and partnership opportunities with alumni; local, regional, and national CPA firms; and business organizations resulted in a fabulous 2016–2017 recruiting season for accounting graduates. One or more of our December’16, and May’17 accounting graduates have already received job offers before their graduating semesters at CPA firms and business organizations.

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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
Email: [email protected]

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