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Receive solid foundation in the technical and analytical knowledge and skills that will enable you to succeed in the accounting profession.

Why Earn a BBA in Accounting?

The profession of accounting is constantly growing and changing—in theory and practice—and comprises areas such as financial reporting, auditing, cost and managerial accounting, taxation, internal control and risk assessment, forensic accounting and data analytics, to name a few.

In today’s world, accountants play a significant role as part of senior management, or are consultants and business advisors to senior management when working for professional service firms. Employers are competing with one another to hire fresh accounting graduates. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Employment of accountants and auditors is projected to grow 6 percent from 2021 to 2031.”

A BBA in accounting will not only give you a broad-based liberal arts education with a strong background in business but will also provide you with a sound foothold in a career that is in high demand, is highly specialized and offers tremendous diversity in areas of specialization.

Why Major in Accounting at Adelphi in New York?

  • We provide an environment that encourages our students to learn, including small class sizes and expert faculty who are dedicated to your academic and career success.
  • Our undergraduate accounting curriculum will provide you with a solid foundation in several diverse areas of accounting such as financial accounting, auditing, cost accounting and taxation. Plans are underway to add additional areas of specialization, such as forensic accounting and accounting data analytics.
  • You’ll get valuable on-the-job experience through internships and job shadowing and make career connections through our various networking opportunities with the numerous accounting and advisory firms that participate in our events.  In many cases the professionals participating in our networking events are alumni who know the quality of our program, and are interested in recruiting our students.
  • With the help of our unique Willumstad Winning Edge program, you’ll be career-ready by the time you graduate with the BBA in Accounting.
  • If you enroll in one of our fifth-year graduate degree programs such as the MBA with accounting specialization or the MS in Professional Accounting, you’ll have the opportunity to prepare for the CPA Exam in dedicated online classes run by the industry leader, Becker Professional Education.

What Can You Do With a BBA in Accounting?

With a BBA in Accounting, you can begin a career in public accounting as an audit, tax or assurance associate and rise through the ranks as you pass the Uniform CPA Exam and gain more experience.

You could also pursue a career in the corporate world preparing financial reports, performing business analyses, working as an internal auditor or pursuing related areas of specialization in the finance and/or treasury functions of a business.

If the business world is not an area of interest, there are numerous opportunities for an accountant within the government, including federal, state or municipal careers. Or you can choose to pursue a career with a nonprofit entity, such as United Way and the American Red Cross.

of Adelphi business students have access to job shadowing, mentoring and internship opportunities.
$80,090* * based on Adelphi University Career Outcomes Survey & NACE First Destination Survey, Class of 2022
the average annual salary of our 2022 baccalaureate graduates—that’s 29% higher than the national average
based on Adelphi University Career Outcomes Survey & NACE First Destination Survey, Class of 2022

Accelerated and Dual-Degree Options

BBA in Accounting/MBA 4+1

In addition to passing the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam, New York State and many other states require a student to have 150 credit hours to become a licensed CPA. This 4+1 option provides you with the necessary credit hours to earn the CPA designation, while also saving a year’s tuition associated with a typical MBA degree. 

MS in Professional Accounting

For those students seeking a more concentrated master’s degree in accounting, you can opt for our MS in Professional Accounting program, which also can be completed full-time in one year after the BBA in Accounting and will provide 150 credit hours to become a licensed CPA.

The accounting department here at Adelphi definitely created an atmosphere that made me feel welcome. Through the small class sizes here, I was able to get to know my professors personally. Between the close proximity to New York City and having experienced professors that worked as CPAs, the connections you make here are endless.

Catherine Murphy Junior accounting major

Exceptional Hands-On Learning

At Adelphi, we believe strongly in the power of hands-on learning and the value it plays in advancing the future careers of our students. The students in our BBA in Accounting program are always encouraged to participate in internship opportunities to gain valuable first-hand experience by directly applying their classroom knowledge to various work opportunities. Many of our accounting students intern at the Big Four firms as well as other national and regional accounting firms.

Our students land New York City internships through the Robert B. Willumstad School of Business.

Program Info

Application Requirements

To apply for this program, submit the appropriate application requirements:

How Long Will It Take to Finish the Degree?

By adhering to the suggested course sequence outlined in the plan of study, a student can anticipate graduating with a BBA in Accounting in either eight semesters or four years. This advised sequence entails enrolling in 15 to 16 credit hours during each semester, and the complete program mandates a total of 123 credit hours.

Transformative Educational Opportunities

All undergraduate students have the opportunity to apply for the following programs to expand their educational landscape:

  • The Honors College – fostering intellectual perspectives and critical skills
  • Levermore Global Scholars – preparing students to become global thinkers and leaders
  • Study Abroad – providing opportunities to experience another culture and see the world from a new perspective

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