General Accounting B.S. Overview
If you currently work or are planning a career in accounting or taxation with a for-profit organization, not-for-profit organization, or a Federal, State or local government, a General Accounting major is for you.
The program enables you to sit for the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) Examination, but not the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Examination. However, additional appropriate coursework can be completed to address the necessary CPA Examination requirements.
With a Bachelor’s of Science in General Accounting, you’ll understand the business environment, business concepts and ethical responsibilities. You’ll know how to employ accounting principles and procedures for recording and presenting financial results.
Accountants may find work at public accounting firms, corporations, nonprofits, governments or for themselves with a private practice.
The Mercy Advantage
- Active service and professional learning through Volunteer Income Tax Assistance for low income citizens (VITA)
- Enables you to sit for the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) Examination
- Access to Senior Executive Network
- Esteemed executive faculty
- Prestigious internships and job placements - Goldman Sachs, Ralph Lauren, PWC, KPMG, Deloitte, IBM, NYS Dept. of Tax, Citrin Cooperman
Frequently Asked Questions
Full-time students can complete the 120-credit degree program in four years.
Undergrad accounting programs are offered in the day and evening (and some classes on weekends) at both the Dobbs Ferry and Bronx campuses (with some introductory courses offered in the evening in Manhattan).
Yes, faculty are always ready to help students with questions about what courses to take, the sequencing of courses, and career opportunities, including internships and cooperative education.
It is not necessary. Based on the students area of interest, specialization within the General Accounting degree program allows students to focus on coursework appropriate for Financial Accounting, Taxation or Computer & Information Systems.
At the end of this program, students should be able to:
Demonstrate knowledge of key concepts in the business core curriculum
Recognize and evaluate ethical issues in business and accounting
Use accounting tools and integrate business and accounting information to make strategic economic and managerial decisions
Use oral, written, and presentation skills to communicate accounting information
Demonstrate knowledge of core financial accounting concepts and their application to business
Demonstrate knowledge of core computer information systems concepts and their application to both accounting and business
Demonstrate knowledge of tax practice and techniques and the business implication of taxes
Future Business Leaders Academy
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Program Details & Curriculum
Bachelor of Science
General Liberal Arts and Sciences
General Education Requirements: 60 Credits
*ECON 125, ECON 220, ECON 221, ECON 230, MATH 116 and MATH 120/CISC 120 or CISC 131 are prerequisites for the major and must be used to fulfill general education requirements.
Core and Specialization
Business Core: 27 Credits
General Accounting: 21 Credits
Open Electives: 12 Credits
Total: 120 Credits