Accounting Degree Options
To help you achieve your educational objectives, Niagara University offers the following accounting degree options: the Distinguished Accounting Scholar Accelerated Degree (3+1) program; the four-year undergraduate BBA in accounting; the five-year BBA/MBA in professional accountancy; the MBA in professional accountancy; the MBA with a concentration in accounting; the minor in fraud examination and economic crime; and (6) the minor in accounting.
Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting
The bachelor's in business administration with a focus in accounting program is designed to equip students with accounting, the language of business, and to prepare students for various accounting-related careers, including financial and managerial accounting, auditing, taxation, consulting, forensic accounting, etc.
Our B.B.A. degree is registered with the Division of Professional Education of the New York State Department of Education and qualifies graduates to take the CPA, CMA, CIA and other professional examinations upon completion of 150 hours of study.
- Earn your BBA/MBA in four years
- CPA planning and strategy course to prepare to sit for CPA exam
4+1 BBA/MBA in Professional Accountancy
- One additional year for MBA
- Total 51 graduate credit hours
The BBA and MBA in professional accountancy joint-degree program prepares students to sit for the CPA license examination and careers in public accounting. Since Aug. 1, 2009, the CPA license requires at least 150 credit hours of higher education coursework.
4+2 MBA in Professional Accountancy
- Two additional years for MBA
- Total 69 graduate credit hours
The MBA in professional accountancy prepares students with an undergraduate degree other than accounting to sit for the CPA license examination and careers in public accounting. This is an excellent choice for those who hoping to change careers to accounting.
MBA with a Concentration in Accounting
- Total 51 graduate credit hours
The MBA with a concentration in accounting program allows students to gain academic and practical insight in the field of accounting. This program is NOT designed for students who wish to sit for the CPA license examination.
Minor in Fraud Examination and Economic Crime
This undergraduate minor introduces students to issues of fraud and economic crime by integrating accounting, computer, and criminal justice topics in preparation for Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) examination.
*Note: These programs are New York State Education Department registered CPA — 150-hour licensure qualifying programs.
Consistent with the mission of Niagara University and the Holzschuh College of Business Administration, the department of accounting seeks to prepare accounting students to become professional accountants with potential for leadership roles in business, to provide all business students foundation knowledge in accounting, to challenge students to reach their potential, and to develop interest in learning as a lifelong pursuit.
To help achieve our mission, the following goals have been established:
- To convey a conceptual understanding of accounting and business law and its application to the functional areas of business in the global community.
- To enhance understanding of the interpretation and use of financial information for decisions in a constantly changing business environment.
- To instill an understanding of the ethical responsibilities of professional accountants and the moral dimension of business decisions.
- To help students develop a sense of professional and personal responsibility by providing opportunities for students to interact with the business community.
- To develop critical thinking, communication, and interpersonal skills.
- To provide a learning atmosphere that emphasizes information technology and develops computer and technical skills.
Student Learning Outcomes
1. Graduates will have effective written communication skills
2. Graduates will have effective oral communication skills
3. Graduates will be able to evaluate and understand ethical issues in business decisions
4. Graduates will demonstrate the ability to analyze information and apply critical thinking skills
5. Graduates will be proficient in using the appropriate technology and information resources for their field
6. Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of the field in their concentration or major