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Accounting (BS), 4-Year

Dr. Joseph T. Kabacinski teaching an accounting class at D'Youville College

D'Youville's bachelor's degree in accounting will help you acquire the skills that will prepare you for a wide array of professional opportunities.

Overview & Distinctions

Overview

The recent financial crises and subsequent financial regulations, as well as the increased scrutiny of corporate finances are all indicators of a greater demand for accounting professionals.

D'Youville's IACBE-accredited bachelor’s degree in accounting will help you acquire the skills that will prepare you for a wide array of professional opportunities.

What You'll Learn

In addition to key business courses, you'll gain a breadth of knowledge in economics, mathematics and other quantitative courses, computer skills, writing and communications, and interpersonal skills needed for working effectively on teams.

As a graduate of the accounting program at D’Youville, you will have the ability to:

  • Understand and demonstrate fundamental accounting principles and procedures
  • Prepare and examine financial reports
  • Find solutions for complex accounting problems
  • Integrate accounting information into the overall business decision-making process of a corporation

Why Choose D'Youville?

At D'Youville you'll receive individual attention so that you can learn effectively. You'll be guided in choosing and pursuing your career goals.

  • You’ll learn from professionals who bring their expertise in research, leadership, administration, and management to the classroom, combining deep knowledge of their academic disciplines with their extensive experience to help you acquire a solid base of knowledge and learn how to apply your knowledge in practice. Our accounting professors are CPAs with years of experience.
  • By combining classroom instruction with internship experiences, our program will prepare you to enter a professional role in accounting and business upon graduation.
  • D'Youville's commitment to a liberal education means that you'll learn how to solve problems, think critically, work well with others, and communicate effectively. In short, all skills that today's employers are looking for.
  • If you're interested in becoming a CPA, our 5-year combined degree in accounting and international business (MS) can be an option. You'll earn your bachelor's and master's degree in less time, getting you started in your career a year before other graduates. You'll save money as you pay undergraduate tuition for your graduate courses. In addition, you can retain your undergraduate scholarship for all five years.

Automatic Merit-Based Scholarship Consideration

When you apply for admission at D’Youville, we’ll automatically consider you for our merit scholarships. Undergraduate scholarships can cover as much as 50% of your tuition, and there is no need to fill out a separate application!

Transfer students can qualify for scholarships, as well. And unlike other schools, maintaining your scholarship is easier at D'Youville because we use a realistic 2.25 GPA requirement to determine your eligibility for merit-based scholarships each year. 

Check out the chart below to see if you qualify:
Scholarships SAT (M & EBRW) or ACT* / GPA Scholarship Amount
President's 88/1170 or 24 $13,000 + $3,000 Room and Board Waiver
Founder's 83/1080 or 21 $10,000 + $2,000 Room and Board Waiver
Dean's 80/980 or 18
Anyone with a 90 GPA can receive this award without test score consideration.
$8,000
Transfer 3.5+ $5,000
Transfer 3.25 - 3.49 $4,500
Transfer 3.0 - 3.24 $4,000
Transfer 2.75 - 2.99 $3,500

*D'Youville only requires that you submit the results from one test.

Find more information and additional scholarships on our scholarships page.

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Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

First Time Freshmen

D'Youville selects students who are academically well-rounded and committed to meeting the challenges of a high-quality education. If you have been successful in a traditional college preparatory program in high school, you should be well-prepared for the academic challenges at D'Youville.

Students entering D'Youville as a freshman must meet the following minimum entrance criteria:
High School Average SAT + (or) ACT
85 1080 21

+ Score is based on the new SAT score format which went into effect in March 2016.

Our admitted freshman class profile:

High school average: 85% attained a B or better
Class rank: 87% of students in the top 50 percent of their class or higher
Test Scores 25th Percentile 75th Percentile Median
SAT Evidence-based Reading and Writing* 460 590 530
SAT Math* 510 590 550
SAT Composite* 1010 1180 1090
ACT Composite* 21 25 23

*These scores reflect the new SAT score format, which went into effect in March 2016.

Transfer students

Students entering D'Youville as a transfer student must meet the following entrance criteria:

Criteria for Admission: Transfer students with a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher will be considered for admission.

Average Cumulative GPA: 3.26

Review the steps to apply for admission to D'Youville as a transfer student.

Curriculum

Course requirements

Accounting
Degree: B.S.

Course Requirements for the Major:
Course Number Course Name Credits
ACC 211

Principles of Accounting I

This is a foundation course dealing with accounting principles and procedures with emphasis on the entire accounting cycle, special journals,control accounts and subsidiary ledgers.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: None

3.0
ACC 212

Principles of Accounting II

This course explores theory and applies accounting principles mastered in ACC 211 and accounting for general partnerships and corporations. It also deals with managerial accounting, including accounting cycles, cost analysis, and budgeting
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: ACC-211

3.0
ACC 417

Personal Computers for Accountants

This course introduces students to computerized business and accounting applications, word processing, databases, spreadsheets and presentation software. Students are given thorough, hands-on familiarization with the personal computer and various business and accounting applications on the computer.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: None

3.0
ACC 444

Accounting Intership

This course provides accounting students with the opportunity to gain practical, hands-on experience in their areas of specialization by working for businesses, nonprofit organizations and government agencies.

Prerequisites: None

3.0
MGT 304

Communicating in Organizations

The course deals with the relation of interpersonal communication to communications strategies in organizations. Students analyze communication networks and the relationship to group characteristics and productivity, leadership and conflict as they relate to communication in the organization.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: Mgt-305 or Permission of Instructor

3.0
LAW 303

Business Law I

An analysis of the legal principles underlying law of contracts, sales, and torts is the subject matter of this course. Case studies are utilized to help students understand the business legal environment.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: None

3.0
LAW 304

Business Law II

This course is an analysis of the legal principles underlying the law of negotiable instruments, insurance and risk management, agency, partnerships, corporations, real property and wills.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: None

3.0
ECO 201

Macroeconomics

This course explores the price system, public and private sectors, national income accounting, unemployment and inflation, fiscal policy, budget deficits and the public debt, money and banking and the Federal Reserve and monetary policy. This course meets the social sciences requirement in the core.
Offered in: Fall and Summer
Prerequisites: None

3.0
ECO 202

Microeconomics

This course explores supply and demand and the elasticity of supply and demand. It analyzes the degree and nature of competition in various market structures, the economic benefits derived from and the problems presented by big business conglomerates and multinationals and international trade and finance. The course meets the social sciences requirement in the core.
Offered in: Spring and Summer
Prerequisites: None

3.0
ECO 207

Statistics

This is a general course to acquaint students with the elements and procedures of statistics. It includes the basic concept of statistical methods and analysis, and functional use of descriptive and inferential statistical tools.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: None

3.0
MGT 411

International Business

This course focuses on the legal, economic, historical, sociological, political and philosophical concepts operative in multinational business.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: Mgt-305 or Permission of Instructor

3.0
Total 33

Requirements for the accounting major:

Course Number Course Name Credits
ACC 311

Intermediate Accounting I

This is a detailed study of financial statement items and special corporation problems. Problems emphasize analytical approaches to typical accounting situations and approved methods for full disclosure of financial information.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: ACC-212

3.0
ACC 312

Intermediate Accounting II

This course explores applications of the current standards of theory and policy to areas of earnings per share, income taxes, liabilities, investments, statement analysis and comparisons.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: ACC-311

3.0
ACC 321

Tax Accounting

This course studies the various individual income tax laws with special emphasis on current regulations. Students practice in the preparation of tax returns.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: ACC-212

3.0
ACC 322

Cost Accounting

This course explores major cost systems in depth, including job, process and operations costing systems, standard cost systems and flexible budgets, and the income effects of alternative product costing methods. Special topics also covered include cost allocation techniques; spoilage, waste and scrap treatment; and the role of cost accounting in professional CPA and CMA exams.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: ACC-212

3.0
ACC 401

Auditing

This introduction to the theory, practice and ethics of independent auditors includes discussion and application of the statements on auditing standards of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: ACC-312

3.0
ACC 404

Advanced Accounting

This course is an advanced approach to accounting principles in the areas of partnership, liquidations, government accounting, nonprofit accounting and consolidations.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: Acc-312

3.0
ACC 421

Corporate Finance

This course deals with corporate financial statements and financial analysis of business firms, tax considerations, inventory analysis, capital budgeting and investment, and financing decisions.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: ACC-212,ECO-207

3.0
ECO 328

Money and Banking

This course explores the monetary and banking theory. It covers the nature of money, the functions of bank reserves, currency and banking history. The Federal Reserve System and its interrelationships with the commercial banking systems as well as foreign exchange transactions are explored.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: ECO-201 ECO-202

3.0
*ACC

Two Electives from ACC 390, ACC 403, or ACC 420

Choose two electives from ACC 390, ACC 403, or ACC 420
6
Total 30

Total Credits for Major: 63
Core Requirements & Electives: 57
Total Credits: 120

 

Internships

Internships

If you're interested in beginning your professional career immediately after graduation, the numerous internship opportunities available to Accounting students will allow you to apply what you learn in the classroom into practice through hands-on, real-world experiences. It will provide you with the valuable on-the-job experience employers are looking for while allowing you to investigate a wide range of career experiences and build the kinds of professional contacts that often prove invaluable after graduation.

Because we understand the importance of putting theory into practice, we've structured the Accounting Bachelor's Degree program to integrate internship experiences into the curriculum, allowing you to put what you learn in the classroom into practice immediately. This integration allows you to receive an education that emphasizes both academic rigor and practical experience in a supportive environment that recognizes the demands of accounting and business professionals.

As a student in D'Youville's accounting major, you'll benefit from dynamic internships with high-profile companies. Recent placements include:

Careers

Careers

Because a bachelor's degree in accounting can lead to almost limitless career possibilities, D'Youville's program offers flexibility so that you can explore related areas and find your career interest.

Today's organizations are seeking employees with the ability to solve complex business problems. Because accountants make decisions based on information, employers value job seekers who can assist companies with key strategic decisions.

Potential positions for graduates of the bachelor's degree program may include positions in business, government or education, including:

  • Financial analyst for a corporation
  • Tax expert for law firms
  • Commercial banks

If you're interested in becoming a CPA, our 5-Year accounting and international business (BS/MS) can be an option. You'll earn your bachelor's and master's degree in less time, getting you in your career a year before other graduates. You'll save money because you'll pay undergraduate tuition for your graduate study. And you can keep your undergraduate scholarship for all five years.

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