SUNY Adirondack offers a two-year Associate in Science (AS) degree in Accounting that is specifically designed for transfer to a four-year institution. At least half this degree program can be completed online. 

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The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that employment of accountants and auditors is projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. In general, employment growth of accountants and auditors is expected to be closely tied to the health of the overall economy. As a growing professional field, graduates who apply themselves can pursue four key career paths in managerial, financial, taxation, and accounting areas across private, public and government sectors. 

The most popular transfer institutions for this program are:

  • Siena College
  • SUNY Albany
  • SUNY Plattsburgh


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This well-rounded Accounting program helps students learn to interpret and communicate financial information around an organization’s economic events, making it truly the “heart of every business.” Students at SUNY Adirondack also learn that accounting is about problem solving, effective communication and providing strategic guidance.

Specialized courses in taxation, law, ethics, finance, management and intermediate accounting are the core of this degree and are balanced with use of the latest technology and best practices to help students secure careers upon graduation.



Students benefit from small class sizes and access to dedicated faculty who have years of field experience with Fortune 500 companies, CPA firms and area businesses. Students will also have the opportunity to network with local accounting professionals at the annual business alumni dinner and career forums.

  • Internships
  • Certification in Quickbooks
  • Certification in Bookkeeping
  • Business Club
  • Timber Talkers Toastmasters
  • Mock Interview & Resume Review Program
  • Business Resource Center
  • Tutoring for Business Courses
  • Business Alumni Outreach Program

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a solid foundation in basic accounting concepts and techniques.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to organize, analyze, manage and disseminate financial information.
  3. Demonstrate effective oral and written communications skills, incorporating critical thinking and research techniques.
  4. Demonstrates competency with advanced bookkeeping applications.
  5. Demonstrate competency in the application of contemporary accounting computer software.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of microeconomics and macroeconomics as they relate to the business environment. 
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of legal and ethical framework in today’s business environment.
  8. Demonstrate an understanding of taxation and its effect on business decision making. 
  9. Apply fundamental accounting principles in a fieldwork experience.
  10. Demonstrate interpersonal, organizational and team work skills necessary to be successful in a business environment.