Accounting, B.B.A.

Murray Koppelman School of Business

Program Overview

As an accounting major, you will learn key accounting principles and sharpen your analytic and communication skills. This degree will provide you with a foundation in general business practices, an understanding of accounting concepts and theory, and the accounting skills needed for jobs in business or government.

Accounting, B.B.A.

Where You'll Go

A bachelor’s degree in accounting can open many doors for you. This degree is also an excellent return on your investment because you can expect higher-than-average salaries. You can work in a variety of industries, including accounting, business development, education, finance, IT, operations, and sales.

Major Details

The program information listed here reflects the approved curriculum for the 2023–24 academic year per the Brooklyn College Bulletin. Bulletins from past academic years can be found here.

Major Description

The B.B.A. in general accounting is a 120-credit program providing students with the accounting skills needed for jobs in business or government. It does not provide all the courses needed to qualify for licensure as a CPA in New York State. New York State currently requires applicants for licensure to have 150 credits of education, including 33 credits in accounting and tax, and 36 credits in business subjects.

Students who intend to pursue CPA licensure may consider several different paths:

  • Option 1: Major in the 120-credit B.B. A. in general accounting, and then complete 30 credits in the Brooklyn College M.S. in accounting program.*
  • Option 2: Major in the 150 credit B.S. in public accounting and business management.
  • Option 3: Major in the B.S. in accounting and then obtain a master’s degree other than the Brooklyn College M.S. in accounting, containing at least 30 credits.**
  • Option 4: For students with a prior bachelor’s degree, complete the auditing and assurance concentration of this program, which contains 33 credits in accounting and tax, and 36 in other business-related subjects.**

* This option is approved by the New York State Education Department.
** Students this option will have to obtain approval of state authorities that their program meets licensure requirements.

Major Requirements (74–84 Credits)

A. Business Core (46–50 credits)

All of the following: Accounting 2001 or equivalent, Accounting 3001, Accounting 3201, Computer and Information Science 1050 or Computer and Information Science 1110 or Computer and Information Science 1115 ; Economics 2100 or Business 2100; Economics 2200 or Business 2200; Business 3100; Business 3200; [Business 3330] or Finance 3330; Economics 3400 or Business 3400 or Mathematics 2501 or Psychology 3400 or Sociology 2112; Business 3421; Business 3430 or Computer and Information Science 2531; [Business 3310] or Finance 3310; Communication Arts, Sciences, and Disorders 2623; Philosophy 3314; Math 1006 or Math 1021, or placement into Mathematics 10111012102612011206, or any Mathematics course numbered 2000 or higher.

Accounting Core courses (19 credits): All of the following with a grade of C or better: Accounting 2001, 30113021, 304130513101, and 4501W.

Students majoring in accounting must achieve a grade of C or better in all courses starting with an Accounting prefix. No accounting course may be taken more than three times by an accounting major. Students taking a specific accounting course three times without achieving a grade of C or better (this includes INC, W, WN, WF, WU, and ABS grades), may not take that course again and will not be permitted to major in accounting at Brooklyn College.

Writing-Intensive Requirement: Students are required to take at least one writing-intensive course (W course).

The department chair or designee may allow substitutions for one or more of these requirements consistent with the educational goals of the program.

B. Track Requirements (9–15 credits)

The major offers two tracks:

  • Auditing and Assurance
  • General Accounting

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Ethical Reasoning
  • Written Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Information Literacy
  • Critical Thinking
  • Functional Knowledge


Contact the Accounting Department for information on academic advisers and office hours.

Or contact:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions

222 West Quad Center
2900 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11210

To make an appointment with an undergraduate admissions counselor, visit:

Virtual Admissions Counselor Appointments


Auditing and Assurance (15 Credits)

This concentration is designed for students interested in careers in public accounting, who wish to take 33 credits in accounting, and another 36 credits in business-related subjects, as part of a plan to meet New York State educational requirements for licensure as a CPA. However, graduates of this program will still need to have a total of 150 credits to meet the educational requirements, and will need to obtain approval with state authorities that their individual program meets licensure requirements.

Students must take all of the following: Accounting 4001, 4011, 4101, 4201, and 4502.

Students preparing for the CPA examination tax discipline exam are strongly encouraged to take Accounting 4211.

General Accounting (9 Credits)

This concentration allows students freedom to select accounting courses that suit their interest and future plans.

Students must take three electives, from among ACCT courses with numbers of 3000 or above.

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Internships and Employers

Through job fairs, the internship database, and internship panels, the Magner Career Center gives students in the accounting B.B.A. program access to career opportunities at a wide variety of employers, including:

  • Bank of America
  • Berdon
  • BNY Mellon
  • Citibank
  • CohnReznick
  • Deloitte
  • EisnerAmper
  • Ernst & Young
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • KPMG
  • Morgan Stanley
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • RSM US

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