Department of Business and Economics

The undergraduate accounting program at Utica College prepares students for careers in any area of accounting or financial management. Students with previous experience will also find that the accounting program will help them leverage their experience in order to assume greater responsibility within their organization.

Career paths in accounting include tax planning, personal financial planning, managerial accounting, business financial reporting, governmental finance, auditing and assurance, fraud investigation, information systems, and consulting. An accounting degree prepares students to take the professional exams that lead to several certificates of expertise conferred by either the state board of accountancy or by professional organizations. These include:

  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) awarded by the New York State Board of Public Accountancy
  • Certified Management Accountant (CMA) awarded by the Institute of Management Accountants
  • Certified Governmental Financial Manager (CGFM) awarded by the Association of Governmental Accountants
  • Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) awarded by the Institute of Internal Auditors
  • Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) awarded by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
The accounting curriculum, like all college majors, begins with a study of core subjects in science, mathematics, and liberal arts. This general education core helps develop thinking, writing, speaking, and analytical skills needed by persons who wish to follow a career in business.

Beginning in the freshman year, students also take an integrated business core that combines principles of management and marketing. Additional core subjects include mathematics, economics, statistics, business law, finance, and financial and managerial accounting. The accounting major includes courses in corporate financial reporting, tax planning, information systems, cost management, and auditing. Additional elective areas include accounting for multinational business, public sector financial management, and fraud investigation.

Students pursuing CPA licensure and who will graduate in time to sit for the uniform CPA exam before August 15, 2009, should opt for the Major in Accounting - CPA. Students who will be sitting for the exam after August 15, 2009, or who wish to pursue a career in private accounting, should choose the Major in Accounting. After this date New York Law requires 150 hours of college work for CPA exam eligibility. Combined with appropriate additional study (also available at Utica College), a BS degree in Accounting from Utica College will meet the CPA exam eligibility requirement in New York.

For further information, please contact David B. Kiner, Executive Director of Business and Economics at
(315) 792-3006
1600 Burrstone Road | Utica, NY 13502