Bachelor of Science in Accounting
If you enjoy numbers, finance, budgeting, and more, then accounting may be the career for you. Accounting majors learn the fundamentals of accounting as a skill within the study of Business. Students are taught about accounting theory, cost management, budgeting, auditing, taxation, accounting systems and accounting as a management tool.
Why study Accounting at the Mount?
There are a few things that make the Accounting program at the Mount unique. The first is the opportunity to pursue both a bachelor's degree in Accounting and a master's degree in Business Administration in just five years. This cost-saving program will put you on the fast track towards success in your career, all while learning from the same professors you'll already know and be comfortable with. Declaring this program will also help students prepare to sit for the CPA exam following graduation.
For those who do not want to pursue the 5-year BS/MBA program, there is also the option to the declare a concentration in Sports Management along with your Accounting major. This unique pairing allows you to really hone in on the field of sports management as it relates to accounting and business.
Finally, Mount Accounting students benefit by learning from seasoned professionals with a combination of knowledge, experience, and a passion for teaching. You'll learn from accountants-turned-professors who are passionate about this field and sharing their knowledge with you. The fact that this major is housed within the School of Business prepares students for a holistic view of the subject.
The School of Business at Mount Saint Mary College has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA. The business programs in the following degrees at the listed locations are accredited by the IACBE:
- Master of Business Administration
- Bachelor of Science in Accounting/Master of Business Administration (5 year)
- Bachelor of Science in Accounting
- Bachelor of Science in Business Management and Administration with concentrations in: Finance, Marketing, Sports Management
Learn more about the College's accreditation, or visit IACBE.org
"The Mount’s accounting professors brought real life experience, as well as technical knowledge, into the classroom. I have found these personal perspectives to be the most valuable lessons as I’ve begun working in my field. Looking back, that exposure into the accounting world encapsulate the lessons I will remember most."
— Amanda Pecorella '16, MBA '17, Accountant at PFK O'Connor Davies, LLP
What to expect as an Accounting major
As an Accounting major at the Mount, you won't just learn the ins and outs of accounting (though of course you will learn those things!). You'll also have the opportunity to make a difference with your skills. Many of our Accounting majors choose to volunteer with the local TaxAide program. You'll be trained on preparing tax returns by an IRS professional, and then volunteer as a tax preparer for the elderly and low income families. You'll gain professional development skills vital for your future career, and those in need will receive assistance.
As an Accounting major, students will complete at least 66 credits (22 classes) in Accounting. If you would like to participate in the accounting BS/MBA leading to the CPA (5-year program), you will be required to maintain a grade point average of 2.85, both overall and in the major.
Be prepared for your future
Want to gain experience in Accounting before you even get a job offer? The Mount's Career Center can help you find an internship at a variety of organizations to help you build accounting experience. In the past, Mount students have interned at organizations such as KPMG, IBM, RBT CPAs, ADP, Hudson River Housing, New York City Police Department, Judelson Giordano Siegel PC, and more.
After graduation, Mount Accounting majors are prepared for a career in public accounting; corporate, government and not-for-profit accounting; consulting; and graduate study. Graduates of the BS/MBA program are also prepared to take the New York State licensing exam to become a Certified Public Accountant. While many of our alumni choose to work for larger accounting firms, others prefer to work as the in-house accountant at a community organization or even to continue to volunteer with the TaxAide program as a way to give back.
Here's how some of our alumni are using their degrees:
- Sean Glander '06, Senior Accountant at Big V Property Group
- Jeremias Ramos '14 MBA '15, Tax Supervisor at Withum and Editor in Chief of the Daily CPA
- Jessica Tobar '17 MBA '18, Tax Associate at KPMG
- Blake Keenan '18 MBA '19, Accountant at Ernst & Young
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