Nov 26, 2021  
Mercy College 2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
Mercy College 2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Public Accounting, B.S. and M.S.


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Denise M. Stefano, M.B.A., CPA, CGMA, Chair 
914-674-7779
dstefano@mercy.edu

Purpose

The 150-hour Combined B.S./M.S. in Public Accounting Program is for highly qualified students who wish to enter the profession of Public Accounting. The Combined B.S./M.S. in Public Accounting is the only 150-credit-hour CPA licensure-qualifying program commencing at the undergraduate level at Mercy College. Upon completion of the Combined Program, 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 professional experience.

Objectives

Graduates of the Combined Program are prepared for employment in a dynamic profession. Undergraduate students are equipped with a strong liberal arts foundation, and a professional accounting and business curriculum. Graduate students experience an integration of advanced accounting research and studies in graduate business courses, which provide depth and breadth to the learning experience.

Admission Requirements

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

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.

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.

Bachelor of Science

Students who are enrolled in the B.S. in Public Accounting portion of the Combined Program must complete:

General Liberal Arts and Sciences  
General Education Requirements* 60 credits
   
Business Core 24 credits
Public Accounting 36 credits
Total Bachelor of Science 120 credits

*ECON 125 ECON 220 , ECON 221 , ECON 230 , MATH 116  and MATH 120 /CISC 120  or CISC 131  are Prerequisites for the major and must be used to fulfill general education requirements.

Master of Science

Students who are enrolled in the M.S. in Public Accounting Portion of the Combined Program must complete:

Public Accounting 18 credits
Business 12 credits
Total Master of Science 30 credits
Total Combined B.S./M.S 150 credits

Public Accounting Undergraduate Courses


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  and ACCT 381  plus MGMT 460  (senior-level capstone course).

Business Graduate 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

(Please see the Graduate catalog for course descriptions)

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