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Program Highlights


Degree Option

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)


Accounting majors at SUNY Cobleskill will find their experience both challenging and rewarding. In addition to specialized coursework, students will take courses in computer science and business law, as well as selected coursework to meet their individual needs. The A.A.S. program focuses on preparing students for entry level accounting jobs. It also transfers into bachelor’s degree programs in accounting or into SUNY Cobleskill’s B.B.A. in Financial Planning. Students who take this path are qualified to transfer in Master’s of Accountancy
programs and take both the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Exam and the Certified Financial Planners (CFP®) Exam.

In addition to accounting classes, students will take courses in computer science, business law and other electives to meet their individual needs. Courses include:

  • Financial Accounting (Learn the basics and how every business uses accounting.)
  • Managerial Accounting (Learn how to use accounting to make better business decisions.)
  • Intermediate Accounting I and II (The next level of financial accounting – move to the next level to see if CPA is the path for you.)
  • Financial Management (Learn the basics of personal and business financial management to see if financial planning is your forte.)
  • Cost Accounting (Learn computer skills and how to figure out exact costs.)
  • Tax Planning (Learn the about taxes and how you can save yourself and your clients money.)
  • Computer Applications in Accounting and Financial Services (Gain experience with common accounting programs like Turbo Tax and Quickbooks.)
  • Not-for-Profit Accounting (Learn about governmental and non-profit accounting, including the unlimited job opportunities in these sectors.)

Hot fields in Accounting include forensic, environmental, and entertainment accounting. Graduates find work in places such as public accounting firms, businesses, or nonprofit agencies like the Red Cross, the FBI or CIA. The high demand for accountants translates to increased job opportunities, stable careers, and above average salaries.

Jobs in accounting include:

  • Corporate Entertainment Accountant
  • Accountant for Sports Teams or Events
  • Information Technology Auditor
  • Auditor
  • Accountant for retail stores
  • Government or nonprofit auditor
  • FBI, SEC or IRS Auditors

Graduates also have the option to continue their studies. Students have been accepted into graduate schools at SUNY New Paltz, SUNY IT, Siena, Saint Rose, SUNY Oswego, SUNY Albany, and more. Many have gone on to earn their Certified Public Accountant (CPA) License and some are even working for the Big Four accounting firms.

SUNY Cobleskill Accounting faculty have real-life accounting experience along with a passion for teaching. Faculty have worked for the Big Four public accounting firms, the Internal Revenue Service, local governments, publishing companies, non-profit agencies, and have experience running their own accounting practices. Our faculty members are also well known for their concern and dedication to the success of their students. Contact any of the Accounting faculty below for more information.

Paul Gemmiti, CPA, CFP
(518) 255-5565