School of Management

Accounting BS

Program Overview

The undergraduate accounting program is ranked #18 on the LinkedIn list of “Top Accounting Schools” nationwide (2014). Accounting provides strong pre-professional training in the theory and practice of accounting within the context of Binghamton's strong liberal arts education. 

The program serves students interested in careers in public and corporate accounting, as well as students who intend to pursue advanced studies in various graduate and professional schools.

Internships, research opportunities and more

There are many opportunities for internships to strengthen students’ business acumen, analytical skills and professional network. The focus is on experiential learning through internships, case competitions, our real-time trading room, community engagement, study abroad, networking events and more:

  • Our students are regular top finalists in national case competitions sponsored by EY, KPMG and PwC.
  • Our media strategy course in conjunction with ZenithOptimedia — one of the largest media agencies in the country — allows students to develop and pitch strategy campaigns to the agency’s top executives.
  • Our EY Trajectory Program requires our undergraduates to develop a career-focused mentoring relationship, earn academic credit and network with firm professionals. The program culminates with a final presentation to senior management.

During the summer and winter breaks there are paid and unpaid internship opportunities with most of the major and mid-size accounting firms in New York City and other major cities.

SOM Career Services can help you identify and apply for these opportunities.

Coursework

Some courses to consider in your first year:

Curriculum

Our degree program prepares students with important quantitative and financial competencies, and how to apply accounting to make management-level decisions. The School of Management requires all of its undergraduates to take business courses that expose them to business areas related to professional development, strategy, leadership and organizational behavior. Our curriculum also weaves in liberal arts courses to help you receive a more well-rounded education.

Go to the Accounting BS course sequence to see what classes you could be taking each semester as an undergraduate accounting student.

If you are already enrolled at another college or university and want to transfer to Binghamton, see the transfer guidelines and policies in the School of Management.

After You Graduate

Accounting students have high rates of job placement, graduate school acceptance and starting salaries -- well above the national average. 

Many accounting undergraduates also pursue also pursue a master's in accounting, which can they earn a BS and MS in five years. It's one of best ways for students to maximize their education and gain advanced skills for accounting in areas of high demand like internal audit, forensic accounting and accounting information systems.

Top employers continuously recruit our students. We are the number-one provider of new hires for PwC and EY in New York City. In addition to PwC, EY, KPMG and Deloitte, our students are sought out by companies including American Express, Brevet Capital, Goldman Sachs, Jefferies, IBM, JPMorgan, Morgan Stanley, Citi, RSM US, Grant Thornton, ZenithOptimedia, Bank of America and Protiviti.

The American Institute of CPAs (AICP) website details the various career options available to accounting graduates, shows recent salary ranges for various accounting jobs and offers tips on résumé writing and interviewing.

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  • Last Updated: 10/13/16