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Public Accountancy

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Public Accountancy at Fredonia

Fredonia’s Public Accountancy program puts you on the path to becoming a licensed CPA in New York State. A CPA, or certified public accountant, is a well-respected business advisor and decision-maker. CPAs act as consultants on many issues, including taxes and accounting. A CPA, or Certified Public Accountant, is a trusted financial advisor who helps individuals, businesses, and other organizations plan and reach their financial goals. Becoming a CPA demonstrates your potential as a manager and leader in your organization, and shows a commitment and desire to achieve larger roles of responsibility and authority. Fredonia prepares students from differing backgrounds to be successful in for-profit, non-profit, and public agencies and organizations.

The Fredonia Difference

Fresonia's School of Business has the prestigious AACSB-accreditation demonstrating excellence in instruction and proactive community service. Fredonia prepares you to perform key accounting functions related to business operations, such as financial accounting, auditing, reporting procedures, managerial accounting, and legal, professional standards, and ethical accounting practices. Fredonia offers a very active Accounting Society where students participate in regular speaker events and visit accounting firms.  As a result, students develop a network of professionals and alumni willing to help students make successful transitions to professional life. In order to qualify for CPA licensure in New York State, students must complete 150 credit hours of courses, 120 of which are required for the Bachelor of Science in Accounting.

Career Opportunities

  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Staff accountant
  • Internal auditor

It's Different Here

97%

placement for graduates

97% of business school graduates report being employed or pursuing advanced degrees within one year.

Accomplished faculty

Faculty have doctorate degrees, or are Certified Public Accountants with master's degrees.

$76,730

Average salary (mid-career)

Certified Public Accountants are well-paid because they are in high demand.

Student Story

Betsy S. Thayer
"My professors did an excellent job fostering the learning process with the use of real life examples and providing assignments that allowed skills to be practiced. They were always willing to assist with questions, whether during office hours or scheduled time."

Besty is enjoying a career as a CPA, Controller, The Resource Center

Betsy S. Thayer B.S. Public Accountancy Class of 2012

Why Public Accountancy at Fredonia?

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Qualified faculty

Highly qualified full-time professors with academic degrees, business experience, scholarship, and teaching expertise.

Sample Courses

ACCT 401 Advanced Accounting

Extension of financial accounting to the study of additional accounting entities such as partnerships and consolidated and multinational firms. Topics include accounting for mergers and acquisitions, consolidated financial statements, international transactions, and an introduction to fund accounting.

ACCT 440 Accounting Theory & Research

A study of financial accounting designed to enhance the student's understanding of and appreciation for the evolution of contemporary financial accounting theory and contemporary financial report issues. Recent contributions to theory, research and practice will be investigated and discussed. Individual research will be conducted with results presented for critical analysis.

ACCT 455 Advanced Auditing & Fraud Examination

A study of internal control in an information technology environment; audit sampling; integrated, internal, operational, and compliance audits; non-audit assurance services; and fraud examination.

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