​Accounting

​Martin J. Whitman School of Management

As an accounting graduate from the Whitman School, you will be in high demand by major public accounting firms, corporations, government agencies, and not-for-profit organizations.

In recent years, more than half of our accounting graduates accepted employment with Big Four and other major CPA firms—before graduation.

Whitman’s certified public accountant (CPA) track includes 24 credits in accounting and will prepare you for CPA certification. You can also take advantage of the opportunity to work towards an M.S. in accounting degree while completing B.S. requirements, including our new Accelerated Master’s Program in Accounting.

Alternatively, you can pursue a managerial (comptrollership) track if you’re interested in working in accounting or finance, but not planning to seek CPA certification.

View major requirements


Sample Courses

Core coursework covers tax, auditing, and business strategy. Sample courses include:

  • Activity Based Costing and Management
  • Cost Analysis and Control
  • Principles of Taxation
  • Taxes and Business Strategy
  • Property and Tax from Ancient Athens to Modern America
  • Auditing Theory/Practice

Dual Enrollment

The Whitman School of Management offers dual major programs with the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Information Studies (iSchool).

  • The new Arts and Sciences dual program allows students to select one of four majors in the sciences, preparing them to work in fields such as pharmaceuticals.
  • Select the iSchool to develop a working knowledge of business along with technical training in information systems, setting yourself apart from traditional management students.
  • Gain an edge in a competitive job market by selecting Newhouse, where you’ll prepare to become an effective business leader and communicator.
  • Complete your B.S. and J.D. in six years through the Whitman School and College of Law 3+3 Joint Degree Program.

Practical Experience

The accounting program is built on opportunities in and out of the classroom designed to diversify your skill set so that you can stand out to future employers.

  • Become an active member of Beta Alpha Psi (BAP)—a professional service fraternity that includes accounting, finance, and information science and technology majors. Members discuss current issues concerning professions and take advantage of networking opportunities.
  • Participate in the Investment Club and discuss stocks, ETFs, and commodities, as well as actively manage a trade portfolio of over $100K in real cash.
  • Apply to work on projects for corporate clients through Whitman’s Consurtio firm, which gives you the chance to immediately use and build on skills learned in the classroom.
  • Better understand how financial management plays an increasingly key role in today’s business models as a research assistant to resident faculty.
  • Find your required internship with help from Whitman’s Career Services. Choose from major public accounting firms, corporations, government agencies, or not-for-profit organizations.
  • Gain an edge through your IMPRESS* score, which measures achievement in the areas of professional development and emotional intelligence, major/industry exploration, certifications, global context, and community engagement.

*A Whitman school exclusive


Study Abroad

Broaden your perspective and enhance your resume with a study abroad experience during your college years. Consistently ranked among the top 25 international education providers in the U.S., SU Abroad has more than 100 programs in 60 countries. Accounting students most often go abroad in Hong Kong, Istanbul, and Madrid.


Life After Syracuse University

As a graduate with a degree in accounting, you can explore such careers as a CPA at:

  • Big Four firms
  • Major corporations
  • Government agencies
  • Not-for-profit organizations

Or, pursue a wide variety of finance and accounting opportunities across other industries and markets.