Accounting (for Transfer Students)

Bachelor of Science

SUNY Plattsburgh

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    Bachelor of Science
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Earn your bachelor degree online

You will earn the same diploma as our on-campus students

  • Transfer in with an associate degree -- finish in 2 years
  • AACSB-accredited School of Business
  • 120 credits after completion
  • Meets eligibility requirements to sit for NYS CPA Exam
  • $295 per credit hour
  • Graduates' passing rates on the CPA exam higher than average
  • 100% online
  • Ranked most affordable and top online accounting program

Overview of SUNY Plattsburgh Accounting BS - Online

The online BS in Accounting from SUNY Plattsburgh is part of its AACSB-accredited School of Business & Economics. AACSB designation is awarded to 5% of business schools around the world. 

The accounting bachelor's degree through SUNY Plattsburgh offers New York residents and working adults with scheduling and location constraints. Students who have earned an associate degree can finish the last two years of their accounting degree online. The program provides a unique opportunity and access to students who have an associate degree and want to continue their education in a field that is always hiring. The 
demand for accounting professionals is expected to rise 7% by 2030, and the median salary for accountants and auditors with at least a bachelor's degree is $73,560 per year. 

 After successful completion of the bachelor's degree in accounting, students will be able to sit for the CPA exam in NY State under the 120-credit rule. Not everyone who studies accounting wants to be an accountant. Graduates in accounting have also pursued careers in business management, finance, and even law enforcement, equipped with the management, forensic, and financial skills gained in the online accounting program.

SUNY Plattsburgh's online bachelor's programs are named 2023 Best Online Programs by US News and World Report.

Best Universities named SUNY Plattsburgh's online accounting degree a 2023 Most Affordable Online Colleges for Accounting Degrees.


Learn to use industry-standard technology, including Power Bi, Tableau, and Alteryx. Take courses in:

  • Financial Accounting
  • Managerial Accounting
  • Intermediate Accounting
  • Cost Accounting
  • Auditing
  • Public Finance
  • Corporate Finance
  • Money and Banking
  • Money and Capital Markets
  • International Financial Management
  • Financial Modeling and Investment Analysis

Things to Consider When Choosing an Online Accounting Degree

Not all accounting degrees online are the same. When selecting an accounting program, make sure to ask these three questions when talking to the admissions office:

  1.  Does this degree program satisfy my state's CPA exam requirements?
    The American Institute of CPAs breaks down state exam and licensure requirements for those who want to start on the path of becoming a licensed CPA.
  2. Can I transfer credits to this accounting program?
    If you are transferring from a 2-year accounting degree or business degree, you have old credits from an accounting school, or you changed your major, make sure to do a thorough transfer evaluation with the college's accounting advisor so you know what will transfer, what won't, and what classes you can take to specialize.
  3. Is this program accredited?
    You need to know about professional accreditations, such as AACSB accreditation, but you must also ask if the college itself is regionally accredited. While national accreditation seems more prestigious in name, it may be easier to transfer credits from regionally accredited colleges than from nationally accredited colleges. For-profit colleges and technical schools often bear national accreditation. 

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What's a bachelor's degree?
A bachelor’s degree usually takes four years to complete as a full-time student and mixes general education courses with specific courses tied to your major.

How do I enroll?

Follow these steps to start your application

  1. Go to the online application
  2. Create an account
  3. Complete the forms or save for later
  4. Pay the application fee (if applicable)
  5. Submit any supplemental materials, if required
  6. Send in your academic records

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