There are more highly rated, accredited accounting degree programs across New York State than one might expect.

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New York offers a wide variety of public and private institutions of all sizes that offer high quality undergraduate accounting programs. All of the schools profiled below are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB). To see more accredited accounting degree programs in New York, visit Accounting Degree Programs in New York (A-K) and Accounting Degree Programs in New York (S-Z).

Le Moyne College

Madden School of Business at Le Moyne

Located in Syracuse, Le Moyne College is a private Jesuit college founded in 1946 and named after Jesuit missionary Simon LeMoyne. Le Moyne College is the first Jesuit institution to be founded as a coeducational college. Today it has just under 3,000 students at its 161 acre suburban campus. U.S. News and World Report recently ranked Le Moyne College at number 24 among Regional Universities in the North. Forbes further ranks the school at number 289 among all private colleges and at number 147 in all of the Northeast.

Bachelor of Science in Business in Accounting

A recent article in the Journal of Accountancy reported that demand for accounting graduates has reached an all time high and continues to grow. Le Moyne offers two undergraduate choices to new students beginning their programs of study. The first is a four year bachelor degree in business with a major in accounting. This program prepares graduates to enter business right away or continue their studies. A unique feature of this Le Moyne program is that graduates finish with the 150 credit hours that New York requires for sitting for the CPA exam in New York. Another option that Le Moyne offers is a five year program offering dual degrees. Students finish with a BS in Business with an accounting major as well as an MBA degree. These students also are eligible to sit for the CPA exam in New York.

Accreditation

  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International)

Contact
Mitchell Hall 102
1419 Salt Springs Road
Syracuse, NY 13214
Phone: (315) 445-4280
Email:
Website: http://www.lemoyne.edu/tabid/977/tabid/977/default.aspx

Long Island University-Post Campus

College of Management, School of Professional Accountancy

Long Island University-Post Campus often is referred to as C.W. Post as it formerly was known. The school is a private university located on Long Island in Nassau County. It gained the Post portion of its name from Charles William Post of Post Cereals. His daughter, Marjorie Merriweather Post, sold the property to Long Island University. Today, the campus is the largest within the private Long Island University system. It has more than 8,300 students and is ranked by U.S. News and World Report at number 123 among Regional Universities in the North. The school’s College of Management is highly reputable and is one of the leading accredited accounting degree programs in New York.

B.S. in Accountancy

The College of Management’s School of Professional Accountancy is led by a dean who possesses not only a doctoral degree but also is a CPA and CFE. The program is taught from a practitioner perspective while also emphasizing business principles and practices. Professors’ credentials are similar to those of the head of the school: all have extensive professional experience. Students finish the program with 129 credit hours and so will have to gain additional credit hours to be eligible to sit for the CPA exam in New York. Classes are small and there is a Kappa Omicron chapter of Beta Alpha Psi on campus that provides several annual opportunities for students and practicing accounting professionals to interact. It is common for LIU-Post accounting majors to have firm job offers even before graduation.

Accreditation

  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International)

Contact
LIU Post
720 Northern Boulevard
Brookville, N.Y. 11548
Phone: (516) 299-2513
E-mail:
Website: http://www.liu.edu/CWPost/Academics/Schools/COM/Dept/SPA/Undergraduate-Programs/BS-Acc

Manhattan College

School of Business

Founded in 1853 in what now is Midtown Manhattan, Manhattan College retained its name but moved about ten miles north to the Bronx in 1922. It is a private and independent Catholic liberal arts college with more than 3,600 undergraduate and graduate students. The School of Business was established in 1927 and enjoys a reputation of high quality business education, so much so that it is accredited by AACSB. U.S. News and World Report ranks Manhattan College at number 17 among Regional Universities in the North. Forbes ranks Manhattan College as number 148 among all private colleges and at number 87 in the Northeast.

B.S. Professional Accounting/M.B.A.

Manhattan College offers a five year program that results in graduates leaving the school with both a BS in accounting and an MBA degree. The program requires 153 credit hours and graduates immediately can sit for the CPA exam in New York without having to take any additional courses for credit. Unlike some other accounting programs, Manhattan College’s Professional Accounting program requires each student to complete an experiential learning component as a condition for graduation. The goal is to prepare students not only in accounting knowledge but also in how to apply that knowledge in the real world. Also, many students take part in the school’s community service program of providing free income tax preparation for members of the local community.

Accreditation

  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International)

Contact
4513 Manhattan College Parkway
Riverdale, NY 10471
Phone: (718) 862-7464
Email:
Website: https://manhattan.edu/academics/business/accounting-cis-law/accounting

Marist College

School of Management

Though not affiliated with the Catholic church since 1969, Marist College was founded in 1905 by the Marist Brothers of the Catholic church and was chartered in 1929. Marist College has nearly 6,000 students at its main campus in Poughkeepsie and also has a global presence. It offers extensive online options for its students. If you are interested in online options, Top 20 Best Affordable Online Accounting Degree Programs (Bachelor’s) 2014 is a great resource. Marist also maintains a branch campus in Florence, Italy as well as 26 study sites in other parts of the world including China, Egypt, Australia and England. The school’s standard of excellence is partially reflected in its U.S. News and World Report ranking as number 10 among Regional Universities in the North and in its Forbes rank at number 237 among all private colleges and number 122 in the Northeast.

Bachelor of Science in Accounting

Though the accounting profession retains the necessary traditional skills of accounting, auditing and tax accounting, today’s accountants also are expected to execute forecasting, financial planning and evaluative assessment of how accurate those activities have been. The Marist College program prepares students for all aspects of today’s accounting requirements. The Accounting program at Marist College requires only 120 credit hours for graduation. Students planning to sit for the New York CPA exam will need to take another 30 hours to meet that requirement.

Accreditation

  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International)

Contact
3399 North Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Phone: (845) 575-3225
Email: no email address provided
Website: http://www.marist.edu/management/account.html

New York University

Leonard N. Stern School of Business

New York University is a private and nonsectarian university located in New York City in lower Manhattan. Founded in 1831, today it is one of America’s largest private universities. Its total student population is more than 50,000, nearly half of whom are graduate students. Founded in 1900 as the School of Commerce, Accounts and Finance, today that school formally is known as the Leonard N. Stern School of Business. Many call it simply the Stern School because its reputation is so impressive that it stands on its own merit. U.S. News and World Report ranks the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at number five across the entire country. Forbes ranks the university at number 61 among all private colleges and as number 40 in the Northeast.

Bachelor of Science in Business in Accounting

All of the business and finance programs offered through the Stern School are in demand on Wall Street and elsewhere, but it is Wall Street that is the ultimate destination for many of the students enrolled in this bachelor’s program. Graduates of this program leave with a solid foundation for entering business upon completion or continuing for an advanced degree. Students have the option of adding dual degree pursuit of an MBA so that they finish having satisfied the 150 credit hour requirement for sitting for the New York CPA exam. With the dual program, there is no need to take additional courses to meet that minimum requirement of 150 hours.

Accreditation

  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International)

Contact
Henry Kaufman Management Center
44 West Fourth Street
New York, NY 10012
Phone: (212) 998-0100
Email:
Website: http://www.stern.nyu.edu/portal-partners/current-students/undergraduate/academics/degree-programs/business-program/accounting

Niagara University

College of Business Administration

The forerunner of Niagara University, Our Lady of Angels Seminary, was founded in Buffalo in 1856 by the Vincentian Congregation of the Mission. It moved to its current location the following year and in 1883 changed its name to the current Niagara University. The school has had 26 presidents in its long history, and every one of them as been a Vincentian priest. The school currently has more than 3,000 undergraduate students and is ranked at number 54 among Regional Universities in the North by U.S. News and World Report. The Princeton Review also rates the school highly, as do several other publications.

Accounting B.B.A.

The Accounting BBA at Niagara University is much more hands on than are accounting programs at many other universities. Students have opportunity for internships with leading businesses and have the opportunity to meet local business leaders at the school’s “Meet the Accounting and Finance Professionals Night.” The university maintains an award winning Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program that serves the community while allowing student to provide service and learn from the experience. Those finishing the BBA program will need additional class time to qualify to sit for the CPA exam in New York. For those who are interested, Niagara University offers a dual program that provides the 150 hour minimum and allows students to finish with both a BBA degree and an MBA.

Accreditation

  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International)

Contact
College of Business Administration
PO Box 2037
Niagara University, NY 14109
Phone: (716) 286-8050
Email:
Website: http://www.niagara.edu/accounting-program-information

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Lally School of Management

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) was founded in 1824 by Stephen van Rensselaer and Amos Eaton. Their purpose was to create a school that would apply science to life, and they accomplished their purpose. Today, RPI is the oldest technology school in the entire English speaking world. The 275 acre campus is near Troy and overlooks the Hudson River. BusinessWeek lists Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with its “Best Undergraduate B-Schools” and U.S. News and World Report ranks the school at number 41 among all national universities. The Lally School of Management focuses on the combination of technology, innovation and management. RPI currently has 7,000 students. Though the school’s focus is science and technology, RPI nonetheless maintains AASCB accreditation.

Bachelor of Science in Business and Management in Accounting

RPI’s Bachelor of Science in Business and Management in Accounting requires 124 credit hours divided among 52 hours in management, 24 hours in natural sciences, 24 hours in humanities and 24 hours in electives. To gain a concentration in accounting, all of those 24 elective hours come from an approved list of accounting and business classes. That list consists of four accounting courses and one each in financial statement analysis and accounting information systems.

Accreditation

  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International)

Contact
Undergraduate Student Services
110 Eighth Street
Troy, NY 12180
Phone: (518) 276-2388
Email:

Rochester Institute of Technology

Saunders College of Business

What eventually would become the Rochester Institute of Technology was founded in Rochester in 1829. That institution merged with another in 1891 and became a university not long after. It changed its name to the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1944. U.S. News and World Report ranks the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) seventh among Regional Universities in the North and places it in fourth place among all best value schools. The school offers one of the leading undergraduate accredited accounting degree programs in New York.

Accounting BS

RIT converted from the quarter system to the semester system in 2013 so it keeps information for both on its website. All academic work is on the semester system only. In keeping with RIT’s focus on technology and innovation, its undergraduate accounting program provides a broad base in science, accounting and management. All students are required to complete a co-op program before graduation. The co-op program must be full time or its equivalent.

Accreditation

  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International)
  • Federation of Schools of Accountancy

Contact
105 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623-5608
Phone: (585) 475-2294
Email:
Website: http://saunders.rit.edu/programs/undergraduate/accounting/

There are several strong choices available to students seeking undergraduate accounting programs in New York. Those discussed above represent only a sampling of the programs available. There are several accredited accounting degree programs in New York and some of the leading programs in the country.