Jun 22, 2024  
Mercy College 2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
Mercy College 2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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

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Denise M. Stefano, M.B.A., CPA, CGMA, Chair 


The 4+1 B.S./ M.S. Public Accounting program (B.S./M.S. Public Accounting) offers Mercy College undergraduate students a unique opportunity to pursue a B.S and M.S. in Public Accounting degree at an accelerated pace. The B.S./M.S. program is competitive and specially designed for highly motivated students. Students may declare the B.S./ M.S. Public Accounting program at any stage of their undergraduate studies. Students can potentially complete the B.S. degree in 4 years and the M.S. degree within one year after completing their B.S. degree. Refer to the Admission and Progression Requirements section below for important qualification requirements. Contact the M.S. Public Accounting Program Director for more information. 

Bachelor of Science

Students who are enrolled in the B.S. in Public Accounting portion of the 4+1 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 4+1 Program must complete:

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


The 150-hour B.S./M.S. Public Accounting program is for highly qualified students who wish to enter the profession of Public Accounting and earn a B.S. and M.S. in Public Accounting in as little as 5 years. The B.S./M.S. Public Accounting is the only 150-credit-hour CPA licensure-qualifying program commencing at the undergraduate level at Mercy College. Upon completion of the 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.


Graduates of the B.S./ M.S. Public Accounting 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

Undergraduate Program Admission

Undergraduate students may enroll in the B.S./ M.S. in Public Accounting program.

Students must maintain an overall and accounting GPA of 3.0 or higher throughout their undergraduate studies.

Accounting credits more than five years old may not be accepted in transfer in fulfillment of the major requirements; 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 Progression

In the spring of the fourth year of undergraduate study, students who have an overall and Accounting GPA of 3.0 or higher meet with the Accounting Department Chairperson to evaluate their progression to the graduate portion of the B.S./M.S. Public Accounting program. Graduate program continuation will be granted to candidates who have the GPA criteria and show promise of success in graduate studies.

Students who do not meet the 3.0 GPA requirement, will not progress to the graduate portion of the B.S./M.S. Public Accounting program. Their major will be changed to the B.S. Public Accounting and upon completion of the undergraduate degree requirements will be conferred the B.S. degree.

Undergraduate Public Accounting 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).

Students must complete the following courses: 

Graduate Business Courses

  • FINC 703 Corporate Financial Policy
  • 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)

Professional Licensure

If you are interested in obtaining professional licensure, please check with the appropriate licensing body in the state where you intend to practice. For additional information and detailed requirements, please refer to the specific program of interest on the “School Resources” section of the Mercy College NC-Sara webpage.

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