SUNY Adirondack offers a two-year Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in Accounting for those seeking new employment or promotion in a current role.

The U.S. Department of Labor predicts there will be over 210,000 new accounting positions through 2018. As a growing professional field, graduates can pursue four key career paths in managerial, financial, taxation, and accounting areas across private, public and government sectors. The program is designed for working professionals and new students looking to secure entry- to mid-level positions such as:

  • Junior accountants 
  • Payroll Officers
  • Cost Accounting
  • Auditors and Analysts
  • Banking
  • Tax advisors/consultants

Please note that students intending to transfer to receive their four-year degree should apply for the Business Administration AS degree.





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.

Additional resources include:

  • Internships with area companies
  • Business Alumni Outreach Program
  • Access to the Business Resource Center
  • Opportunity for Certification in Advanced Bookkeeping
  • Membership in the SUNY Adirondack Business Club

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.