SUNY Jefferson

Accounting Certificate

Program Type: Career, 1-year
Delivery: On-campus and online
Personal Interests: Working with numbers, order, attention to details 
Skills development: Accounting and business processes
Career Options: Business, government
Program Code: HEGIS 5002

Your accounting career starts at Jefferson

The Accounting Certificate program is designed to prepare you for entry-level accounting positions in business and industry. The program provides you with a concentration in accounting theory courses and may be completed in one year of full-time study or done on a part-time basis over an extended period of time.

This program offers:

  • Preparation for continued studies in accounting and business
  • Entry-level preparation for accounting jobs
  • Access to ample job opportunities 

Expect to learn

Graduating from the Accounting Certificate program will enable you to:

  • Utilize the accounting cycle to record transactions, process information, and prepare financial statements for a business
  • Organize, analyze, manage, and disseminate information

Your job opportunities

You can look forward to be hired in business fields such as:

  • Accounts receivable and accounts payable
  • Payroll departments 
  • Business bookkeeper 

Job openings for bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks are expected to continue to increase. 

Looking to go further

All Accounting Certificate requirements also apply to Jefferson’s  Accounting A.A.S. or Business A.A.S. if you ever decide to come back get an associate's degree. We make it easy for you. 

Requirements for the Accounting Certificate 

Core Requirements (12-13 credit hours)

BUS 112: Introduction to Business 
BUS 160: Spreadsheet Applications 
ENG 100: College Composition or ENG 101: Research and Composition 
MTH 125: Intermediate Algebra or  MTH 155: Algebra, Functions & Modeling or higher 

Accounting Requirements (14 credit hours)

ACC 101: Accounting Principles 1 
ACC 102: Accounting Principles 2 
Accounting Electives1 

Liberal Arts Elective (3 credit hours)

Free Elective2(3 credit hours)

TOTAL 32-33 credit hours

1Students who intend to seek CPA licensure should note that ACC 207 does not fulfill the federal taxation curricular requirement.
2Recommended: OFC 121 Beginning Keyboarding (2 credits) or CIS 110 Introduction to Computing with Microcomputers.

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