Public Accounting and Business Management, B.S.

Murray Koppelman School of Business

Program Overview

As a public accounting and business management major, you will meet the requirements for New York State licensure as a certified public accountant while also completing a program in business management. You will learn accounting and analytical skills that will prepare you for positions in accounting and business.

Public Accounting and Business Management, B.S.

Where You'll Go

A bachelor’s degree in public accounting and business management can open many doors for you within business, including opportunities in financial and tax analysis. This degree is also an excellent return on your investment because you can expect higher-than-average salaries.

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

This 150-credit undergraduate program is designed to allow students to meet the requirements of New York State for licensure as a CPA, while also obtaining additional exposure to business management. New York State currently requires candidates for licensure to have a total of 150 credits, including 33 credits in accounting and tax (including financial accounting and reporting, cost or managerial accounting, taxation, and auditing and attestation services) as well as 36 additional credits in business.

In addition to this program, students who are interested in accounting careers should consider the B.B.A. in general accounting, and a combination of the B.B.A. in general accounting and the M.S. in accounting.

Major Requirements (86–90 Credits)

All of the following: Accounting 2001300130113021304130513101320140014011410142014501W4502, or 7108X; Computer and Information Sciences 1050; Business 3100; Business 3200; [Business 3310] or Finance 3310; Business 3400 or Economics 3400 or Mathematics 2501 or Psychology 3400 or Sociology 2112; Business 3430 or Computer and Information Science 2531; Business 4200W or Business 4300W or Finance 4300W; Business 2100 or Economics 2100; Business 2200 or Economics 2200; Business 3421 or Computer and Information Science 2590; Business 3320 or Economics 3320; [Business 3330] or Finance 3330; Math 1006 or Math 1021, or placement into Mathematics 10111012102612011206, or any Mathematics course numbered 2000 or higher.

Both of the following: Philosophy 3314 and Communication Arts, Sciences, and Disorders 2623.

Students must take additional courses to complete the 150-credit requirement.

Students are urged to take all Brooklyn College core courses in their first four years, so as to retain the option of later changing paths to obtain a 120 credit B.B.A. in general accounting and an M.S. in accounting.

Highly recommended elective: Accounting 3360 or Business 3360. Students with a GPA of 3.00 or better may also take graduate courses, such as courses in financial statement analysis or controllership, in their fourth or fifth years, with permission.

Students planning to take the Tax Compliance and Planning portion of the C.P.A. examination are advised to take Accounting 4121.

Students planning advanced study in economics and finance, or doctoral study, are advised to take Business 3410 or Economics 3410 or Mathematics 1201, which provide fundamental mathematical tools of economics, including calculus.

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

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

Student Learning Outcomes

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

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P: 718.951.5000, ext. 6606

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Brooklyn, NY 11210

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Internships and Employers

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

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

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