Accounting Certificate
SUNY Jefferson
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Accounting Certificate

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100% of this program can be completed online.

Program Highlights

  • Program Type: Career, 1-year
  • Delivery: On-campus and online
  • Personal Interests: Working with numbers, order, attention to details
  • Skill Building: 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.


Contact Enrollment Services for Application and Admissions Information

Jules Center 6-010 (ground level)
(315) 786-2437, fax (315) 786-2349 or toll free (888) 435-6522

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Friday


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.


Gainful Employment

Undergraduate certificate in Accounting

This program is designed to be completed in 1 year

This program will cost $7,260 for in-state tuition, fees, books and supplies/$12,180 for out-of-state tuition, fees, books and supplies if completed within normal time. There may be additional costs for living expenses. These costs were accurate at the time of posting, but may have changed.

Of the students who completed this program within normal time, the typical graduate leaves with a median loan debt of:
Fewer than 10 students completed this program within normal time. This number has been withheld to preserve the confidentiality of the students.

The following States do not have licensure requirements for this profession:
New York State

For more information about graduation rates, loan repayment rates, and post-enrollment earnings about this institution and other postsecondary institutions please visit:


Requirements for the Accounting Certificate

Effective Spring 2015

Accounting and Business Requirements (20 credit hours)
Accounting and Business Requirements (20 credit hours) Credit Hours
ACC 101: Accounting Principles 1 4
ACC 102: Accounting Principles 2 4
BUS 112: Introduction to Business 3
BUS 160: Spreadsheet Applications 3
Accounting Electives1 3
Accounting or Business Elective1 3
Liberal Arts Requirements (9-10 credit hours)
Liberal Arts Requirements (9-10 credit hours) Credit Hours
ENG 100: College Composition or
ENG 101: Research and Composition
MTH 125: Intermediate Algebra or 
MTH 155: Algebra, Functions & Modeling or higher
Liberal Arts Elective 3
Free Elective Requirement (3 credit hours)
Free Elective Requirement (3 credit hours) Credit Hours
Free Elective2 3

Total Credit Hours 32-33


Advising Notes
Advising Notes:  
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 and Applications.  


Program contacts

Linda S. Dening

Professor of Accounting 
(315) 786-2220

Richard E. Merryman

Associate Professor of Accounting 
(315) 786-2465