SUNY Jefferson

Accounting AAS

Program Type: Career
Delivery: On-campus 
Personal Interests: Working with numbers, order, attention to details 
Skills development: Accounting and business processes, management, analysis, communication
Career Options: Business, government
Program Code: HEGIS 5002

Your accounting career starts at Jefferson

The Accounting A.A.S. degree is designed to prepare you for entry level positions in a variety of accounting-related positions in private businesses, government agencies and public accounting firms.

This program offers:

  • Preparation for continued studies in accounting and business
  • Savings on general education and core business classes
  • Entry-level preparation for accounting jobs
  • Access to ample job opportunities

Learn to apply accounting principles and practices in business

Graduating with an Accounting A.A.S. degree you will:

  • Utilize the accounting cycle to record transactions, process information, and prepare financial statements for a business
  • Organize, analyze, manage, and disseminate information
  • Communicate, build interpersonal skills, research, and hone organizational skills to work as part of a team

Pursue a career in one of the fastest-growing professions in the U.S.

The Accounting A.A.S. is designed to prepare you for direct employment in accounting after you graduate.

A basic accountant examines, analyzes, and interprets accounting data for the purpose of giving advice and preparing financial statements. The analysis and reports are relied upon by individuals and organizations to make financial decisions.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Record transactions
  • Prepare financial statements
  • Prepare state and federal income tax returns or other reports
  • Money management
  • Budgeting and cost control

After you graduate with your Accounting A.A.S. degree you may be hired into jobs like account manager, account specialist, accounts payable/receivable clerk, bookkeeper, cost accountant, management accountant, payroll accountant, public accountant and staff accountant.

Employment in the accounting field is expected to have steady growth for the next several years. Proficiency in accounting and auditing computer software, and expertise in specialized areas such as international business, specific industries, or current legislation, is in demand. Employers seek applicants with strong interpersonal and communication skills.

Beyond the A.A.S degree

Although the program is designed to prepare you to enter the workforce after completing the A.A.S. degree, you can choose to transfer to a bachelor's degree program too.  If you know you already want to transfer, consider the Accounting A.S. degree program for easier planning.

Jefferson has partnered with some select academic institutions and developed agreements that will help you transfer smoothly. Talk to your advisor if you are interested in transferring.  We have transfer agreements for the Accounting A.A.S. degree with:

  • Franklin University, Accounting, B.S.
  • Franklin University, Business Administration, B.S.
  • SUNY Canton, Finance, B.B.A.
  • SUNY Canton, Management, B.B.A.
  • SUNY Empire State College

With additional education and/or work experience, you may find employment as a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Public Accountant (CPA), comptroller, or controller. 

Degree requirements for Accounting A.A.S.

Core Requirements (21 credit hours)

Economics Elective 
Mathematics: MTH 125: Intermediate Algebra, MTH 155: Algebra, Functions, & Modeling or higher 
BUS 112: Introduction to Business 
BUS 211: Business Law 1 
BUS 160: Spreadsheet Applications 

Accounting Requirements (29 credit hours)

ACC 101: Accounting Principles 1 
ACC 102: Accounting Principles 2 
ACC 201: Intermediate Accounting 1 
ACC 202: Intermediate Accounting 2 
ACC 208: Cost Accounting 
ACC 209: Management Accounting 
ACC 220: Accounting Information Systems 
Accounting Elective2

Electives (14 credit hours)

Mathematics or Science Elective 
Science Elective 
Social Science Elective 
Liberal Arts Elective 
Free Elective3

Total 64 credit hours

Advising Notes:
1It is recommended that non-SUNY transfer students enroll in ENG 218 Technical and Professional Writing.
2Students who intend to seek CPA licensure should note that ACC 207 does not fulfill the federal taxation curricular requirement.
3It is recommended that SUNY transfer students use the free elective to fulfill an additional Gen Ed requirement. 

Program contacts

Linda S. Dening
Professor of Accounting 
(315) 786-2220

Richard E. Merryman
Associate Professor of Accounting 
(315) 786-2465

Application and Admissions Information
Enrollment Services
Jules Center, building 6, suite 6-010
(315) 786-2437 or toll free 1-888-435-6522