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Program Goals

Student Success Goal: The program seeks to enhance student understanding of career related fields, improve the retention rate of its students, increase the quality and quantity of network opportunities, and continuously improve the curricula that develops the knowledge, skills, and values of its graduates so that students are prepared for productive careers in a global economy.

Academic Program Goal: The program will expand its academic program array, enhance its delivery methods, and continuously improve the curriculum so that students can select from a variety of quality programs that prepare them for the global work environment.

Faculty Involvement Goal: The program will innovatively increase its support for faculty and staff in order to attract, develop, and retain talented faculty/staff who continuously improve the quality of teaching, advising, research, and service.

Community Engagement Goal: The program focuses on both the success of every student and on the difference that each can make in building a better community and serving the common good. The intent of these strategic initiatives are to help students learn beyond the classroom and to give students the inspiration that can help turn individual and communal aspirations into realities.

Program Description

The goal of Medaille College’s Accounting curriculum is to prepare students for successful careers in public or private accounting. To that end, Medaille College has combined our four-year, 120 credit-hour undergraduate degree (B.S. in Accounting) with an additional one-year 30-credit hour sequence of graduate courses (M.S. in Accounting) to meet New York State’s Education Department’s requirements for students to sit for the C.P.A. exam. At the completion of the program, students will be graduating with a Bachelor’s degree as well as a Master’s degree in Accounting. The program provides the student with the practical, as well as the theoretical knowledge and learning experiences required to be successful in the accounting profession.

As part of the major requirements each student takes courses in management, marketing, finance, business law and management information systems. The field experience requirement gives students the opportunity for “hands-on” experience applying what has been learned in the classroom to real business situations. Students frequently receive job offers through these internships. Credits for work/life experience can also be earned by students who have had appropriate previous experience in related areas. Additionally, the program is designed to allow students to develop their professional communication skills, which are essential in the accounting profession. The liberal arts and sciences portion of the degree provides those necessary skills as well as a solid foundation in the humanities, social sciences, mathematics and science.

All Accounting majors should complete 100-level business courses, ENG 110, ENG 200, SPE 130, ECO 200, and ECO 201 during their first two years at Medaille College. Majors in this program may not take any business course Pass/Fail. A 2.5 cumulative grade point average (GPA) is required of all Accounting majors in their core and elective business courses to graduate.

Students admitted to the program must maintain at least a 3.0 College GPA in order to continue in the program in good standing. Students enrolled in the program who fail to maintain a 3.0 average through their first four years will be ineligible to proceed with the fifth year of the program and will instead be awarded the degree of B.S. in Accounting.

Delivery Format

The B.S. in Accounting is offered in a standard, full-semester, day format. The M.S. in Accounting is offered as a one year, three semester course of study. Students take two evening courses during a nine week session. Each course session is held two nights per week for two hours.  Both courses will be offered on either a Monday/Wednesday or a Tuesday/Thursday schedule.

Credit Distribution

General Education Core (30 credits)

ENG 110 College Writing (3)

ENG 200 Advanced College Writing (3)

GEN 110 Introduction to Critical Thinking (3) [Required of first-year students; all other students must substitute a 300/400 level Liberal Arts and Sciences elective]

GEN 220 Justice and Democracy in America (3)

GEN 230 Creative Expression (3)

GEN 240 Scientific Discovery (3)

GEN 410 Baccalaureate Capstone I (3)

GEN 411 Baccalaureate Capstone II (3)

MAT 115 Pre-Calculus or MAT 216 Survey of Introductory Calculus and its Applications (3)

SPE 130 Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3)

Major Requirements (63 credits)

ACC 101 Financial Accounting (3)

ACC 102 Managerial Accounting (3)

ACC 300 Income Tax Accounting (3)

ACC 305 Cost Accounting (3)

ACC 350 Intermediate Accounting I (3)

ACC 351 Intermediate Accounting II (3)

ACC 410 Advanced Accounting (3)

ACC 430 Auditing (3)

ECO 200 Macroeconomics (3)

ECO 201 Microeconomics (3)

ECO 260 Econometrics I (3)

ECO 261 Econometrics II (3)

MGT 175 Management Concepts and Communication (3)

MGT 240 Financial Management (3)

MGT 299 Business Law I (3)

MGT 304 Business Law II (3)

MGT 335 Organizational Behavior (3)

MGT 420 Strategic Management I (3)

MGT 421 Strategic Management II (3)

MKT 220 Principles of Marketing (3)

MIS 240 Management Information Systems (3)

Experiential Learning (6 credits)

ACC 377 Field Experience I (3)

ACC 477 Field Experience II (3)

Liberal Arts and Sciences Courses (21 credits)

ENG 205 Introduction To Literature OR ENG 215 Survey of World Literature (3)

ENG 260 Business and Professional Writing (3)

INT 411 Global Leadership (3)

MAT 114 Intermediate Algebra (3) [Students who meet the math competency must substitute a Liberal Arts & Sciences elective (300/400 level)]

PHI 300 Ethics (3)

PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology (3)

Liberal Arts and Sciences Elective (3)

Total Undergraduate (B.S. in Accounting) credits: 120

Accounting: Graduate Core Courses (24 credits)

MSA 600 Managerial Economics (3)

MSA 603 Quantitative Methods (3)

MSA 605 Financial Management (3)

MSA 630 Advanced Strategy (3)

MSA 631 Integrative Case Studies (3)

MSA 670 Accounting Theory and Research (3)

MSA 672 Computer Auditing (3)

MSA 673 Advanced Taxation (3)

Accounting: Graduate Electives (6 credits)

Choose 2 from the following:

MSA 601 Strategic Human Resource Management (3)

MSA 602 Organizational Behavior and Development (3)

MSA 621 Strategic Operations Management (3)

MSA 623 Strategic Marketing (3)

Total Graduate (M.S. in Accounting) credits: 30