Public Accounting and Finance, B.S.

Murray Koppelman School of Business

Program Overview

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

Public Accounting and Finance, B.S.

Where You'll Go

A bachelor’s degree in public accounting and finance can open many doors for you within finance, including opportunities in financial and tax analysis. The 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 sufficient required courses in the finance major (to receive a B.S. degree in public accounting and finance.

New York State currently requires candidates for licensure to have a total of 150 credits, including 33 credits in accounting and tax, and a total of 69 credits in business. In addition to this program, students who are interested in accounting careers should consider the B.B.A. in general accounting, the B.S. in public accounting and business management and a combination of the B.B. A. in general accounting and the M.S. in accounting.

Major Requirements (90–94 Credits)

A. Business Core (40–44 credits)

Students must complete all of the following:

Accounting 2001, Accounting 3001, Accounting 3201, Business 2100/Economics 2100, Business 2200/Economics 2200, Business 3100, Business 3200, Finance 3310, Business 3400/Economics 3400 or Math 2501 or Sociology 2112 or Psychology 3400; Business 3421 or Computer and Information Science 2590; Communications Arts, Sciences and Disorders 2623; Computer and Information Science 1050; Philosophy 3314.

Students must also complete Math 1006 or 1021 or receive placement into Math 10111012102612011206, or any Math course numbered 2000 or higher.

B. Additional Quantitative Course (4 credits)

Math 1231

C. Accounting and Law Courses beyond Business Core (34 credits)

Students must complete all of the following:

Accounting 3011302130413051310140014011410142014501W4502 or 7108X

D. Finance Courses beyond Business Core (12 credits)

Students must complete all of the following:

Finance 3311, 3330

Any two finance courses from: Finance 334033503377338033904300W531053305350

Students must achieve a grade of C or better in each of the required Accounting and Finance courses. No Accounting and Finance course may be taken more than three times by a student in this major. Students taking a specific Accounting or Finance 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 or finance major at Brooklyn College.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

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Or contact:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions

222 West Quad Center
2900 Bedford Avenue
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 finance 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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