Accounting Program Overview

Manhattanville’s BA and BS in Accounting degrees teach students the essentials of preparing financial statements and tax return documents for public and private businesses as well as internal accounting measures and reporting methods.

In the accounting programs, you’ll learn the basic conceptual frameworks of financial and managerial accounting and the basics of tax practices. These three areas of preparation provide students with the skills and knowledge in the legal, ethical, and technical needs of accounting and tax professions. Accounting majors can find future employment in settings such as:

  • Professional accounting firms
  • Corporations
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Government offices and agencies

Gain a complete understanding of the primary information system for all businesses and convey essential information to decision-makers and stakeholders through earning a BA or BS in Accounting, the language of business.

Learn the fundamentals of accounting that set you up for success in various areas of the field in a setting a short distance away from the international economic hub, New York City.

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Accounting majors are required to complete core major courses as well as a general education curriculum that strengthens communication, presentation, problem-solving, and critical thinking proficiency. There’s an optional concentration in Finance and more ways to tailor your studies to your specific interests.

Accounting degree requirements include:

  • Ten accounting courses
  • Five non-accounting courses covering related business knowledge
  • General education and liberal arts credit hours to complete Bachelor of Science (60 liberal arts credits) or Bachelor of Arts (90 liberal arts credits) requirements

Accounting majors are also recommended to take two advanced courses in computing and precalculus to support their training. Review complete degree requirements for the bachelor’s degrees in accounting in the College Catalog.


Accounting Courses
Accounting courses ensure you grow your accountancy skills backed by a foundation of economics, finance, and business knowledge.

You may take courses in topics such as:

  • Fundamentals of Accounting 1 and 2
  • Fundamentals of Taxation
  • Advanced Management Accounting
  • Advanced Auditing
  • Advanced Taxation
  • Practical Approach to Business Law
  • Economic Statistics
  • Accrual Accounting

Finance Concentration
Accounting majors can choose a degree concentration in finance to expand their opportunities in financial accounting careers. In addition to the accounting requirements, you’ll learn:

  • Money and Banking
  • Principles of Finance
  • Corporation Finance
  • Investment Analysis or Global Finance

The licensure of choice for accounting students is the CPA-Certified Public Accountant. CPAs are licensed by the state and have undergone a rigorous qualification process. Accounting is a respected major and by earning your CPA you can do more and earn more than standard accountants. For CPA licensure you will need 150 total credit hours or 30 credits over your bachelor’s degree. A great and cost-effective way of meeting this requirement is by earning your MS Finance degree at Manhattanville University.

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Careers in accounting exist in nearly every industry. Students trained in accountancy can find employment preparing statements or performing audits for local, state, and federal government agencies, for-profit enterprises, as well as corporations and non-profit organizations in roles such as:

  • Staff Accountant
  • General Accountant
  • Bookkeeper
  • Audit Clerk
  • Financial Analyst

While Manhattanville accounting majors gain conceptual frameworks in traditional classroom settings, our campus’s proximity to the economic hub of NYC leads to exceptional internship opportunities. In internships, you can refine your abilities and learn the workings of the profession in advance of entering the job market. Learn how the Center for Career Development helps Manhattanville students find academic internship opportunities.


Economic Freedom Institute
Accounting majors can network with future employers by participating in conversations held through the Economic Freedom Institute (EFI). Inspired by the philosophies behind economics and business, the EFI invites discussions between students and faculty of scholarly institutions, corporate leaders, policy-makers, and members of the community.

Students pursuing other finance, business, and economics programs at Manhattanville can add a minor in Accounting to their bachelor’s degree. Review accounting minor course requirements.

Advisors can often help students pursue a double major in accounting and a supporting area. Or, you can tailor your degree to your interests through concentrations and minors. Related degrees in Manhattanville’s robust business and economics divisions include:

See a complete list of Manhattanville’s program offerings.

Please contact any of the below faculty or the Division Chair for more information.

Division Chair

Robert Derrell 


Nimish Adhia
Tina Bardsley
David Borker
Robert Derrell
Kyoko Mona
Peter Rivera

Faculty Emerita
Jim Bryan
Anna Sachko Gandolfi
William Perkins

Carolyn Greaige, Administrative Assistant

Adjunct Faculty
Alan Anderson
Ernest Barone
Rinku Bhattacharya
Edwin Bowman
Robert Candee
Richard Cherry
Donald Genio
Paul Jakubek
Jean Mann
Alan Sadovnick
Michael Scimeca
Inger Stapleton
Audrey Tyson
Janet Walsh

If you’re beginning to picture yourself as an accounting major at Manhattanville, learn about how to apply as an undergraduate and connect with an admissions counselor.

Review tuition and costs and apply for financial aid and scholarships. Manhattanville’s financial aid team helps 98% of our students manage the cost of their degree through assistance.

Manhattanville’s Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BS) in Accounting degree programs are solid preparation for students pursuing careers, graduate programs, and professional credentials in accountancy, auditing, and beyond.

If you’re ready to take the next step, request information about the accounting major. Or, begin an application today.