Bachelor of Science in Accounting
Spoiler alert: Being an Accounting major isn’t just about math.
Accounting is the process by which businesses record and organize financial records. If you enjoy working with numbers, spreadsheets, financial records, and yes, math too, then you may enjoy being an accounting major.
Why be an Accounting major?
Here’s what makes the Mount’s Accounting major unique:
- Focus on communication: As an accountant, you have to explain financial and mathematical concepts to those who don’t “get it.” At the Mount, you’ll learn not only learn the fundamentals of accounting; we'll also teach you how to communicate it to others.
- MBA pairing: Save money and time with our 5-Year Accounting BS / MBA combo. Learn from professors with years of professional experience in the field while preparing to sit for the CPA exam following graduation to become an accountant.
- Sports Management concentration: Specialize your degree further with a concentration in Sports Management, preparing you to focus on accounting practices within sports facilities.
- Accountants and professors: Our faculty are real accountants who are members of the New York State Society of CPAs, bring accounting colleagues to classes for real-world perspectives, and are super passionate about this subject. Learning from accountants who also teach means they actually know what it’s like and can show you what you really need to know.
The Mount’s Accounting and Business programs are accredited by the International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE). Learn more about our accreditation here.
What to expect as an Accounting major
33 credits in Accounting | 45 credits in related fields | Maintain 2.85+ GPA (for MBA track)
Learn about Accounting academic requirements and courses here.
As an Accounting major, you'll take a variety of courses aimed at helping you evaluate an organization's financial records and accounting practices as well as gain a thorough understanding of auditing and taxation. You'll begin with basic instruction in accounting principles and then branch out to elective interests like Not for Profit Accounting, Fraud Examination & Forensic Accounting, Accounting/Managerial Decision and Control, and more.
Tax Aide Program
You want to make a difference, but accounting isn’t exactly the first thing you think of when it comes to helping professions. At the Mount, many of our Accounting majors use their skills to help those in need during tax season through the TaxAide program. Students are trained by IRS professionals and then volunteer as tax preparers for the elderly and poor.
“I’m helping people and I’m learning what I hope is my job in the future. It’s a win-win situation for everybody.” - Fernando Aguilar ’19
Be prepared for your future
What can you do with an accounting degree? Obviously, studying accounting prepares you to be an accountant, but there are multiple sectors Accounting majors are prepared to enter:
- Public accounting - either working at a CPA firm or providing tax returns or audits/consulting within an agency, including government and corporations
- Forensic accounting - fraud prevention and presenting accounting information in court
- Sustainability accounting - evaluating an organization’s sustainability in terms of environmental and capital responsibility
To get the experience you need in the field, the Mount’s Career Center is ready to help you find an internship. Here are some of the places our Accounting majors have interned:
- RBT CPAs
- Hudson River Housing
- New York City Police Department
- Judelson Giordano Siegel PC
Here’s how some of our Accounting alumni are using their degrees:
- Sean Glander '06, Senior Accountant at Big V Property Group
- Anthony DiCapua ’14, Vice President of Wealth Management at Focused Wealth Management
- Andre Owusu-Ansah ’16 MBA ’18, Tax Associate at Untracht Early
- Jessica Tobar '17 MBA '18, Tax Associate at KPMG