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Public Accounting Overview

Earn a jump start on your career with our accelerated degree program and active learning model that offers real-world experiences. The Combined B.S./M.S. in Public Accounting program will prepare you for a dynamic profession.

As an undergraduate, you have a strong liberal arts foundation complementing the professional accounting and business curriculum. 

As a graduate student, you’ll experience an integration of advanced accounting research and studies in graduate business courses. This 150-Credit program is for highly qualified students pursuing the Public Accountancy profession.

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Prepare for the New York State CPA Exam

The Combined B.S./M.S. in Public Accounting is a registered Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensure-qualifying program. Upon completion, students will meet the academic requirements for admission to the CPA examination in New York State and will satisfy the licensure requirements with one year of appropriate professional experience.

Full-Time Faculty

Kelly Blacker
Kelly Blacker Assistant Professor
Dr. Stan Chu
Stan Chu Associate Professor
Tara Jean Foley
Tara Foley Visiting Assistant Professor
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Lucretia Mann Associate Provost for Academic Affairs

Associate Professor
Denise M. Stefano 1
Denise Stefano Associate Professor

Chair, Accounting

Part-Time Faculty

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Moro Brimah Adjunct Associate Professor
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Howard Cohen Adjunct Instructor
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Constance Crawford Adjunct Associate Professor
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Brian Dore Adjunct Instructor

Career Opportunities

Public Accounting graduates may seek positions such as:

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • Government auditor 
  • Internal auditor
  • Financial advisor 
  • Tax accountant
  • Forensic auditor/accountant.
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Public Accounting Fast Facts

  • Affordable Tuition
  • 30 Minutes from Manhattan
  • Manhattan Campus in the heart of Herald Square
  • Metro North Station right on our Main Campus
  • Fortune 500 network
  • Active learning teaching methods
  • Faculty with real-world experience

Program Outcomes

At the end of this program, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of key concepts in the business core curriculum

  • Evaluate ethical issues in accounting, auditing, and business

  • Use accounting and research tools to integrate business and accounting information in making strategic decisions

  • Use oral, written, and presentation skills to communicate accounting information and auditing results

  • Use business, accounting and auditing techniques to evaluate business performance, and substantiate business results


Admissions Requirements for matriculation and admission into the Combined B.S. / M.S. in Public Accounting:

A. Undergraduate Program Admission:

  1. Undergraduate students enroll in the B.S. Public Accounting Program.
  2. Students must maintain an overall and accounting GPA of 3.0 or higher throughout their undergraduate studies. 
  3. After completion of the 300-level Accounting courses, students who meet the 3.0 GPA requirement may be eligible to switch majors to the Combined B.S. / M.S. in Public Accounting Program after an interview with and the written permission of the Accounting Department Chairperson.
  4. Accounting credits more than five years old may not be accepted in transfer in fulfillment of the major; they may only be used for elective credits. Foreign accounting transfer credits are generally not accepted. Contact the Accounting Department Chairperson for more information.

B. Graduate Program Admission:

During the last year of undergraduate study, students who have an overall and Accounting GPA of 3.0 or higher meet with the Accounting Department Chairperson to switch majors to the Combined B.S. / M.S. Public Accounting degree. Students who meet graduate admission criteria will matriculate into the graduate portion of the Combined B.S. / M.S. Public Accounting Program. Program continuation will be granted to candidates who show promise of success in graduate studies. An interview with the Accounting Department Chairperson is required.

Degree Requirements for matriculation and admission into the Master of Science in Public accounting include:

  1. A baccalaureate transcript with 120 credits of prerequisite courses in the specific content areas of accounting, business and liberal arts and sciences are required for entrance into the program. Contact the Accounting Department chairperson for prerequisite course specifics. International students must submit a formal evaluation of all international coursework; an evaluation by World Education Services (WES) is preferred.
  2. Two-page written Professional Goals Statement stating the reasons for applying to the program and how the applicant can benefit by its completion.
  3. Interview with the Accounting Department chairperson or designee.

Satisfactory GMAT score may be required for applicants with no substantive business experience or GPA below 3.0. The successful completion of the CPA or CMA Examination or an equivalent examination could be used instead of the GMAT.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does earning a degree take?

Full-time students can complete the 120-credit degree program in four years and the 150-credit degree program in five years.

What are the admissions requirements?

Interested students are admitted to the BS Public Accounting program . Upon completion of the 300 level accounting courses, students with a 3.0 or higher grade point average (GPA) overall and in major can switch to the combined major by making an appointment with the Accounting Chairperson

Where and when are classes offered?

Classes for the BS are offered in the day at the Dobbs Ferry and at night at the White Plains and Bronx Campuses. MS classes are offered at the Dobbs Ferry Campus in the evenings.

How many credits can be transferred from another institution?

Up to 75 credits from a two-year institution. Up to 90 from a four-year institution. Up to 90 credits combined however the credits may not exceed 75 credits from any combination of two-year institutions as they apply to your chosen degree. In addition you may only transfer in two courses of upper-level business credit (six credits) to apply to the major / specialization.

Are department faculty available for academic advising

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.

Are there any requirements for matriculation from the BS to the MS in Public Accounting program?

The Accounting Chairperson must provide written approval for students who are eligible to switch majors to the combined BS/MS program. The student must show the ability to succeed in the MS program. The matriculation between the BS and MS degrees is seamless.

Is Mercy College a nonsectarian institution?

Yes. Qualified applicants are admitted without regard to race, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age or physical disability.

Program Details & Curriculum

B.S. Curriculum

General Liberal Arts and Sciences

General Education Requirements: 60 Credits

ECON 125, 210, 220, 221, 230, MATH 116 and MATH/CISC 120 are prerequisites for the major and must be used to fulfill general education requirements.

Business Core: 21 Credits

Public Accounting: 36 Credits

Open Electives: 3 Credits

Total Bachelor of Science: 120 Credits

B.S. Students Must Also Complete

Business Core

  • ACCT 120 Intro to Financial Accounting
  • ACCT 121 Intro to Management Accounting
  • FINC 235 Financial Management
  • BLAW 240 Business Law I
  • BLAW 340 Business Law II
  • MGMT 225 Principles of Management
  • MGMT 340 Organizational Behavior

Public Accounting *

  • ACCT 240 Intermediate Accounting I
  • ACCT 241 Intermediate Accounting II
  • ACCT 250 Cost Accounting
  • ACCT 261 Computer App for Accountants
  • ACCT 320 Gov/Non-Profit/Special Topics
  • ACCT 330 Advanced Accounting
  • ACCT 340 Intro Federal Income Taxation
  • ACCT 341 Advanced Fed Income Taxation
  • ACCT 410 Accounting Information Systems
  • ACCT 420 Auditing
  • ACCT 430 Topics: Prof Examinations Acct
  • MGMT 460 Strategic Management (senior-level capstone course)

Open Elective

Any one course

The College’s undergraduate 15-credit residency requirement in the major concentration of Public Accounting must be met with 12 credits in Accounting (ACCT) courses numbered 240 to 450, excluding ACCT 380 plus ACCT 381 plus MGMT 460 (senior-level capstone course).



M.S. Curriculum

Public Accounting: 18 Credits

Business: 12 Credits

Total Master of Science: 30 Credits

Total Master of Science: 150 Credits

M.S. Students Must Also Complete

Public Accounting Courses

  • ACCT 510 Global Financial Stmt Analysis
  • ACCT 520 Contemporary Auditing Issues
  • ACCT 530 Adv Acct Theory & Applications (Capstone)
  • ACCT 540 Adv Business Entity Taxation
  • ACCT 550 Cost Mgmt Advncd Contrlrshp
  • ACCT 560 Fraud Examination

Business Courses

  • FINC 703 Corporate Financial Policy or FINC 710 Corporate Mergers and Acquisitions
  • MBAA 504 Marketing Systems
  • MBAA 535 Communication Processes
  • MBAA 602 Managerial Economics


The Accounting Program

Certified Management Accountant (CMA) Professional Examination

Candidates holding any accounting baccalaureate degree generally meet the educational requirements to take the CMA Examination. Students can prepare for the CMA Examination by enrolling in any one of the Accounting B.S. Degree Programs (General, Management or Public Accounting).

Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Professional Examination

The Combined B.S. / M.S. in Public Accounting is a 150-hour CPA licensure-qualifying program. Students who complete this program are eligible to sit for the CPA examination and become licensed in New York State with one year of appropriate professional experience. 

The faculty recommends that students earn at least a grade of C+ in all accounting courses before continuing. 

Accounting Program policy prohibits making any exceptions to corequisite or prerequisite requirements, except upon written application to the Accounting Department Chairman from non-matriculated students with relevant experience.

Because of the nature of the subject and the availability of advance schedules, tutorials are not offered for accounting courses