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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. Unlike other schools, maintaining your scholarship is easier at D'Youville, because we use realistic GPA requirements to determine your eligibility each year. 

Check out the chart below to see if you qualify:
Scholarship GPA / SAT (M & EBRW)* / or ACT Tuition Waiver Amount Dorm GPA required to retain scholarship
Honors 88/1170 /or 24 50% off 25% off 2.75
Distinction 80/1080 /or 21 25% off  50% off 2.5 
Achievement 80/980 /or 19 $3,000    2.25
Transfer 3.5 $5,000  

2.5

Transfer 3.0 $4,000  

2.5

Transfer 2.75 $3,500   2.5
Dillon 93/1360 /or 29 100% off  25%  2.75
Buffalo Say Yes No GPA minimum requirement/1080 /or 21 100% off   2.75
Alumni Kinship   $300-$2,000   Must reapply each year. Only open to relatives of D'Youville alumni.

*Scores are based on the new SAT score format which went into effect in March 2016.
⁺D'Youville only requires that you submit the results from one test.

More information can be found on our scholarships page.

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 College as a freshman must meet the following minimum entrance criteria: 
High School Average SAT (or) ACT
80  980  19
⁺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 College 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

Course # Course Name Credits
ACC 211 Principles of Accounting 3
ACC 212 Principles of Accounting II 3
ACC 417 Personal Computers for Accountants 3
ACC 444 Internship 3
MGT 304 Communicating in Organizations 3
LAW 303 Business Law I 3
LAW 304 Business Law II 3
ECO 201 Principles of Economics - MACRO 3
ECO 202 Principles of Economics - MICRO 3
ECO 207 Statistics 3
MGT 411 International Business 3
ACC 311 Intermediate Accounting I 3
ACC 312 Intermediate Accounting II 3
ACC 321 Tax Accounting 3
ACC 322 Cost Accounting 3
ACC 401 Auditing 3
ACC 404 Advanced Accounting 3
ACC 421 Corporate Finance 3
ECO 328 Money and Banking 3
Choose Two Electives:
Course # Course Name Credits
ACC 390 Special Topics in Accounting 3
ACC 403 Accounting Theory and Development 3
ACC 420 CPA Problems 3

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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