Academic Catalog

Accounting, B.S./M.S.

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 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 College Writing/ENG 112 College Writing for Multilingual Students, ENG 200 Advanced College Writing/ENG 202 Advanced College Writing for Multilingual Students, SPE 130 Fundamentals of Public Speaking, ECO 200 Macroeconomics, and ECO 201 Microeconomics during their first two years at Medaille College. Majors in this program may not take any business course Pass/Fail. A 2.0 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 Business Administration.

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 is to help students learn beyond the classroom and to give students the inspiration that can help turn individual and communal aspirations into realities.

Department of Business, Management, and Leadership Code of Ethics

The Department of Business, Management and Leadership of Medaille College expects all students, faculty, staff, and administrators to conduct themselves in an ethical manner when carrying out the activities required to fulfill the department’s mission:

The Department of Business, Management and Leadership is dedicated in excellence in teaching; providing students a meaningful integration of theory and practice while developing mutually beneficial partnerships with the academic, business, and local communities.

The Department of Business, Management and Leadership strives to develop graduates for responsible citizenship and leadership roles who are prepared to meet the various global challenges of the 21st century.

In particular, all members of the department are expected to adhere to the following:

  • Integrity: Abide by the academic code of conduct, and uphold the highest standards of honesty, and fairness in our work and communications.
  • Professionalism: Maintain high standards in our own work, and help others strive for continuous improvement and the betterment of the department.
  • Respect: Treat others with the dignity and decency, appreciating the diversity that brings richness and growth to the department. Demonstrate respect for property, time, and ideas, as well as people.
  • Collegiality: Strive to complete our work in the spirit of mutual understanding and the sincere desire to operate as a team of students, faculty, and staff; seek to achieve the best possible outcomes together.

Accounting Bridge Program – CPA TRACK

This non-degree program provides the necessary undergraduate courses and training for individuals interested in becoming a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Designed for students who already have an undergraduate business degree, this program facilitates entry into Medaille's Master of Science in Accounting program, allowing them to complete all educational component requirements that will allow them to sit for the CPA exam.

Specific courses include:

ACC 300Income Tax Accounting3
ACC 305Cost Accounting3
ACC 350Intermediate Accounting I3
ACC 351Intermediate Accounting II3
ACC 410Advanced Accounting3
ACC 430Auditing3

The Bridge program is available for both day and evening students from Medaille College. Upon completion of the Bridge program students will receive a Medaille College Certificate for the completion of the 18 credit hours. Contact the MSA Program Director for more information.

Credit Distribution

Degree earned: B.S./M.S.
Total number of credits: 153-154 (B.S./M.S.)

General Education Core
Writing Courses
ENG 110College Writing3
or ENG 112 College Writing for Multilingual Students
ENG/HON 200Advanced College Writing3
or ENG 202 Advanced College Writing for Multilingual Students
Critical Dialogues Course
INT 110Introduction to Dialogues in Critical Thinking 13
American Dialogues Course
Select one course of the following:3
Photographers, Writers, and the American Scene
Social Issues in Policing a Multicultural Community
Justice and Democracy in America
African-American History
Cultural Interaction in Colonial North America
Enduring American Dialogues
Creative and Reflective Dialogues Course
Select one course of the following:3
Contemporary Photography as Cultural Landscape
Beginning Drawing
Basic Photography: Criticizing Photography
Introduction to Creative Writing
Creative Nonfiction Writing
Creative Expression
Introduction to Theatre and Performance
Sustainability Dialogues Course
Select one course of the following:3-4
Introductory Biology
Human Nutrition
Enviromental Studies
Introductory Chemistry
Scientific Discovery
Physical Science
Principles of Physics I
Global Dialogues Course
Select one course of the following:3
British Literature I: Middle Ages to the 18th Century
British Literature II: Late 18th Century to The Present
Themes and Topics in World Literature & Culture
Major Global Literary Figures
Baccalaureate Capstone I
Medieval World
The History of Ireland
History of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
The Arts in Society
Psychoanalysis & Politics
Seminar in Religion and Belief
Classical Music Studies
Truth & Justice
Citizenship Dialogues Course
Select one course of the following:3
Baccalaureate Capstone II
Capstone in Citizenship
Psychology Capstone
MAT 115Pre-Calculus3
or MAT 216 Survey Of Introductory Calculus And Its Applications
SPE 130Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
Major Requirements
ACC 101Financial Accounting3
ACC 102Managerial Accounting3
ACC 300Income Tax Accounting3
ACC 305Cost Accounting3
ACC 350Intermediate Accounting I3
ACC 351Intermediate Accounting II3
ACC 410Advanced Accounting3
ACC 430Auditing3
ECO 200Macroeconomics3
ECO 201Microeconomics3
ECO 260Econometrics I3
ECO 261Econometrics II3
MGT 175Management Concepts and Communication3
MGT 240Financial Management3
MGT 299Business Law I3
MGT 304Business Law II3
MGT 335Organizational Behavior3
MGT 420Strategic Management I3
MGT 421Strategic Management II3
MIS 240Management Information Systems3
MKT 220Principles of Marketing3
Experiential Learning
ACC 377Field Experience I3
ACC 477Field Experience II3
Liberal Arts and Sciences Courses
ENG 205Introduction to Literature3
or ENG 215 Survey of World Literature
ENG 260Business and Professional Writing3
INT 411Global Leadership3
MAT 114Intermediate Algebra 23
PHI 300Ethics3
PSY 100Introduction to Psychology3
Liberal Arts and Sciences elective3
Total Hours120-121

Required of first-year students; all other students may substitute a 300/400 level Liberal Arts and Sciences elective


Students who meet the math competency may substitute a Liberal Arts & Sciences elective (300/400 level)

Accounting: Graduate Core Courses
MSA 600Managerial Economics3
MSA 603Quantative Methods3
MSA 605Financial Management3
MSA 630Advanced Strategy3
MSA 631Integrative Case Studies3
MSA 670Accounting Theory and Research3
MSA 672Accounting Information Systems3
MSA 673Advanced Taxation3
Accounting: Graduate Electives
Select two courses of the following:6
Strategic Human Resource Management
Organizational Behavior and Development
Strategic Operations Management
Strategic Marketing
Total Hours30

Suggested Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First SemesterHours
INT 110 Introduction to Dialogues in Critical Thinking 3
ENG 110 College Writing 3
MAT 114 Intermediate Algebra 3
ACC 101 Financial Accounting 3
MGT 175 Management Concepts and Communication 3
Second Semester
American Dialogues 3
ENG 200 Advanced College Writing 3
MAT 115 Pre-Calculus 3
ACC 102 Managerial Accounting 3
MKT 220 Principles of Marketing 3
Second Year
First Semester
Creative Dialogues 3
ACC 350 Intermediate Accounting I 3
ECO 260 Econometrics I 3
MGT 299 Business Law I 3
SPE 130 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
Second Semester
Sustainability Dialogues 3
ACC 351 Intermediate Accounting II 3
ECO 261 Econometrics II 3
MIS 240 Management Information Systems 3
MGT 240 Financial Management 3
Third Year
First Semester
Global Dialogues 3
ENG 260 Business and Professional Writing 3
ACC 300 Income Tax Accounting 3
ECO 200 Macroeconomics 3
MGT 335 Organizational Behavior 3
Second Semester
ACC 305 Cost Accounting 3
ECO 201 Microeconomics 3
MGT 304 Business Law II 3
ACC 377 Field Experience I 3
Fourth Year
First Semester
INT 450 Capstone in Citizenship 3
ACC 410 Advanced Accounting 3
MGT 420 Strategic Management I 3
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3
ENG 205/215 Introduction to Literature 3
Second Semester
ACC 430 Auditing 3
ACC 477 Field Experience II 3
MGT 421 Strategic Management II 3
INT 411 Global Leadership 3
PHI 300 Ethics 3
 Total Hours120

Please Note: The above shows the ideal suggested sequencing and scheduling of courses and credits by semester. It is based on eight semesters for a traditionally-structured baccalaureate degree. Degree program requirements and the scheduling of courses are subject to change, based on writing/math placements and course availability. This chart should be utilized a guide and is not a written contract. Students will be notified of changes that may affect their academic progress.