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  • B.S. in General Accounting: Financial Accounting

    Understand the numbers behind business
    Learn the skills required to enhance your analytical and quantitative capabilities, preparing you for a career in finance or accounting.
    Degree:
    B.S.
    School:
    School of Business
    Location:
    Dobbs Ferry & Bronx
    Credits:
    120

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General Accounting: Financial Accounting 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 24 Credits
General Accounting and Specialization 24 Credits
Open Electives 12 Credits
Total 120 Credits

Students who choose the major concentration in General Accounting with a specialization in Financial Accounting must complete:

Business Core

  • ACCT 120 Intro to Financial Accounting
  • ACCT 121 Intro to Management Accounting
  • FINC 235 Financial Management
  • INBU 250 International Business
  • BLAW 240 Business Law I
  • MGMT 225 Principles of Management
  • MGMT 340 Organizational Behavior
  • MKTG 220 Principles of Marketing

General Accounting *

  • ACCT 240 Intermediate Accounting I
  • ACCT 241 Intermediate Accounting II
  • MGMT 460 Strategic Management
  • (senior-level capstone course)
  • and any two additional Accounting (ACCT) courses except ACCT 380 or ACCT 381, Internship in Accounting I or II.

Specialization

  • ACCT 320 Gov/Non-Profit/Special Topics
  • ACCT 330 Advanced Accounting

and one of the following courses:

  • FINC 345 Financial Statement Analysis
  • FINC 442 Investment Management

Open Electives

Any four courses

* The College’s 15-credit residency requirement in the major concentration of General Accounting with a Specialization in Financial Accounting must be met with 12 credits in with Accounting (ACCT) courses numbered 240 or higher, excluding ACCT 380 and ACCT 381 plus Management (MGMT) 460 (senior- level capstone course).

The major concentration in General Accounting with a Specialization in Financial Accounting meets the educational requirements for candidates applying to take the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) Examination.

The major concentration in General Accounting with a Specialization in Financial Accounting does not meet the educational requirements for candidates applying to take the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Examination. 

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.
What is the first step in the admissions process?
Click on "Apply Now" on the Mercy homepage or call 1.877.MERCY.GO to apply for admission to Mercy College and arrange for an appointment with an Admissions Counselor. Bring your completed application form and copies of your high school and/or college transcripts with you at the time of your appointment.
How long does earning a degree take?
Full-time students can complete the 120-credit degree program in four years.
Where and when are classes offered?
Daytime, Dobbs Ferry Campus. If you’re a working student, night classes are conveniently offered at the White Plains and Bronx Campuses.
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.
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.
Should I select a specialization within the General Accounting degree?
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.
Lucretia Mann Associate Provost
Denise Stefano Associate Professor, Accounting
Stanley Chu Associate Professor, Accounting
Kelly Blacker Assistant Professor, Accounting

General Accounting: Financial Accounting 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.

If you select the General Accounting program with specialization in Financial Accounting, your accounting studies will be focused on financial accounting standards for government, not-for-profit, and for-profit enterprises.

The program enables you to sit for the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) Examination. 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.

General Accounting: Financial Accounting FAQS

Should I select a specialization within the General Accounting degree?
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.
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.
Future Business Leaders Academy

This year's Future Business Leaders Academy was our most successful yet. The highly select group chosen to join us at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY learned about personal branding, matching their personalities to career paths, and visited some of the top global corporations in New York.

General Accounting: Financial Accounting Fast Facts

  • 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
  • Real-world Consulting Projects
  • Top internship opportunities

Career Opportunities

Financial Accounting graduates may seek positions such as: trust accountant, financial advisor, budget analyst, inventory accountant and fixed asset accountant.

Program Outcomes

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